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1. In 1914, the year the First World War broke out, this name was the twelfth most popular for girls in Britain, and is a derivative of a name that comes from a Hebrew word meaning 'grace' or 'favour'. If I told you it was the first name of a famous sharpshooter and the lead singer of Eurythmics, what would your answer be?
2. In 1924, Britain saw its first Labour Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald, and this name was the eighteenth most popular choice for baby girls. It is the first name of an actress famous for playing a tough old lady who ran a pub, and a prolific novelist with a penchant for pink. Which girls' name, from a Greek work meaning 'foreigner', am I thinking of?
3. In 1934, Stanley Matthews played his first match for England, and the Loch Ness Monster was thought to have been spotted. Which name, from a Greek word meaning 'pure', and the first name of three wives of Henry VIII and an actress who appeared in 'The Darling Buds Of May', came in at number thirty-six?
4. While Britain was a year away from the end of the Second World War in 1944, this name came thirty-first in the top hundred names for baby girls. It is a compound of two Greek words meaning 'gift' and 'god'. Which name, shared with the star of 'Carmen Jones' and a poet with a razor-sharp sense of humour, is this?
5. In 1954, rationing ended, Winston Churchill turned eighty, and this name - derived from a Hebrew word meaning 'G-d's promise' - was the eighth most popular choice for girls, very likely because of a coronation a year earlier. Which name was this?
6. Ten years on in 1964, the Queen gave birth to a baby boy, and Beatlemania reigned supreme. This name, in at number forty-four for 1964, comes from an Irish word meaning 'fair', and is the first name of a GMTV presenter and a piano-playing singer who released an album with a really long title (known as 'When The Pawn...' for short). What name is this?
7. In 1974, Lord Lucan went missing, the three-day week was introduced, and this girls' name was the sixty-fifth most popular. Originally a name for boys as well as girls, it comes from a Latin word meaning 'downy-bearded youth', and is shared by an actress whose most famous role is Agent Dana Scully, and a TV nutritionist. What name is this?
8. Let's move on to 1984, the year I was born and my beloved Everton FC won the FA Cup. At twenty-one, people with this name include a mythical Trojan princess, and a deaf and blind political activist. What name, from a Greek word meaning 'torch', is this?
9. Let's jump ahead twenty years to 2004, the sixtieth anniversary of D-Day and the year fox hunting was banned in Britain. This name was the sixty-sixth most popular choice for baby girls and comes from a Gaelic word meaning 'maiden'. Two famous women with this name are a Welsh Big Brother contestant and the lead singer of Frou Frou. It has also been suggested that Shakespeare invented this name in his play 'Cymbeline' - but what name is it?
10. Skip back 10 years to 1994, the year which saw the introduction of two British institutions, the National Lottery and the Channel Tunnel. This name was the third most popular choice for baby girls and comes from a Hebrew word meaning 'foresight', although the form we are more familiar with is the one Shakespeare used in 'The Merchant Of Venice'. Which name, shared by a British heptathlete, and an actress who played the Invisible Woman in 'The Fantastic Four', is this?
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