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20 British babies `named after Nazi dictator post WWII`

London: Unusual it may appear, but at least 20 babies born in Britain after World War II have been given the same first name as Germany`s Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, it has emerged.

And, the most recent to be given the same moniker as the Nazi dictator was a toddler born in 2005, according to `Findmypast.co.uk`.

The other popular names given to British babies since 1945 include John, Paul and George, the `Daily Star` reported. Music heroes also play a big part in the naming habits
of Brits and their babies. After the Beatles` success in the Sixties, there were five babies called Ringo born around 1964 and 1965.

But he was clearly the least popular. The Fab Four explosion also saw 2,414 babies called George, 36,877 called John and a massive 56,170 called Paul in those two years.

The family tree experts also discovered "Maradona" became a popular boy`s name after the famous "Hand of God" incident in 1986.

When Argentina knocked England out of the World Cup with the help of Diego Maradona?s handball, four babies were given the name Maradona, according to the site`s new research.

A further eight Maradonas have been born in the UK since 1999, while two others have the name Ronaldo Maradona. Football has inspired some other unusual names being
called out during the register in British schools over the years. Following Brazil?s 1970 World Cup win, at least eight footie-mad dads called their sons Pele.

A `Findmypast.co.uk` spokesman said: "Family history is more popular than ever and the amount of historical records that are now available to search and view online will help
even more people to start to uncover their own family tree."

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