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How times have changed

Posted onPosted on 25th Apr
How times have changed

Nottinghamshire County Council’s registration service is celebrating its 85th anniversary as the authority marks its 125th year and gone are the days when the service just registered births, deaths and marriages.

The service now offers ceremonies for baby naming, citizenship, same sex marriages and civil partnerships, and civil funerals. Last year the most popular names for new-borns was Amelia and Oliver; in 1934, it was Margaret and John.

More unusual names in the national registers include Tuppence Moore, Pearlie White, Job Done, Wendy House, Lily Pond, Peter Rabbitt and Rupert Bear.

For more information on the registration service call 0300 500 80 80 or go to

Coun Glynn Gilfoyle, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Safety Committee, said: “There has been much social change over the last 85 years since the County Council took over Nottinghamshire’s registration service and our service has moved with the times to meet the changing needs of local people.

“The most significant changes have taken place over the last ten years with the introduction of civil partnership ceremonies and most recently same sex marriage ceremonies.

“We are very much the service for life’s big events – births, marriages and deaths –and we look forward to the next 85 years serving local residents with their registration needs and much more.”