The UK’s Assay Offices have designed a new commemorative hallmark in recognition of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Commemorative hallmarks don’t come along very often. In fact, there have only been four since the Silver Jubilee of George V and Queen Mary in 1935. The first was released in 1953 for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. This was followed in 1977 with Queen’s
Silver Jubilee and then in 2002 for the Golden Jubilee. The only other commemorative mark in this 75 year period was the Millennium mark of 2000.
The engravers at CHRISTENINGsilver are always quick to spot a trend. The number of napkin rings, tankards, mugs, egg cups and quaichs we engrave with Christian names every week gives us a good indication of the most popular names being chosen by parents in the UK.
For boys, we are seeing many familiar favourites. Tom and Thomas, Ollie and Oliver, Josh and Joshua, James and Jamie all feature strongly along with Jack, Harry and Charlie. We have the occasional family name or Victorian hangover, but in the main, parents are still fairly conservative when it comes to boys’ names.