This information comes from the book by Carol O’Neal ‘The First Names of Brighton & Hove 1909 – 1999’. I chose 1959 as it is the year closest to the year of my birth. I’m delighted to see my name ‘Jacqueline’ made it in at number 6. I expect my cousin, Sue, is equally delighted to have the most popular first name at the time.
There are some other interesting facts in the book:
The top girls’ initial was ‘J’ for the fourth consecutive time.
Sharon appears to have been particularly popular in Brighton, compared to other seaside towns.
There was a new fashion for using ‘i’ instead of ‘y’ as the last letter of a name. Brighton babies included Trudi, Juli, Vicki, Peri, Terri and Toni.
The first hyphenated names appeared this year with Jo-Ann and Rose-Marie.