FOI Ref: FOI/2021/2912

You asked

How many children's first names were registered was Clementine in 2020?

We said

Thank you for your enquiry.

The latest publication available is Baby names in England and Wales 2019. In Table 6 of the accompanying dataset to this bulletin, there was a count of 197 first names registered as Clementine in England and Wales in 2019.

Baby Names 2020 will be published on 18 October 2021. You can check for updates using our Release Calendar.

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