Sexiest names in the world unveiled - from Hollywood stars to unusual contenders

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Jack and Mary have officially been crowned the world
Jack and Mary have officially been crowned the world's sexiest names (stock photo) (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The sexiest names in the world have been revealed in a new study, and there are some rather unusual contenders that top the list. Researchers at Lovehoney based the survey off the names of main characters across hundreds of popular romantic novels and books, and concluded the sauciest favourites.

Jack was found to be the sexiest name for men, while Mary was crowned the hottest for women, closely followed by Nick, James, Rachel and Kate. Some were more predictable with Jack featuring as the lead character in nine novels and films including Titanic, but others came as more of a surprise - like Margaret and Ted.

Sexiest names in the world unveiled - from Hollywood stars to unusual contenders eideeidediqxzinvJack ranked as the world's sexiest men's name, like Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic (Getty Images for Turner)

Mary ranked as the spiciest female name, as depicted by Rachel McAdams in the romantic time-travelling film About Time, and Rachel came in second place, iconically used in Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard.

Julia, Eva, Susan, Sophie and Mia all followed closely, reminding us of famous celebrities Julia Roberts and Eva Longoria - or even Susan Boyle if she's your type.

James and Ben ranked in third and fourth place, which came as no surprise with heart-throbs James Franco and Ben Affleck in the spotlight.

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Sexiest names in the world unveiled - from Hollywood stars to unusual contendersRachel came in second and was played by icon Whitney Houston (Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)
Sexiest names in the world unveiled - from Hollywood stars to unusual contendersEva Longoria is just one of many famous Eva's to come in fifth (Getty Images)

Love Honey noted: "Although it didn't make the top three, the name Sam, which ranks fourth, is arguable in a league of its own.

"Entirely due to the fact it was the name given to Patrick Swayze's character in Ghost in 1990, which features a scene so steamy it made sloshing around a pile of cold, wet clay seem sexy."

While Christian Grey didn't make the list at all, Chris did - but he narrowly missed the top 20.

It also included Lucian - an Emily in Paris favourite - and Dan, short for Daniel like James Bond's Daniel Craig.

The full list of sexiest names in the world:

Men

  • Jack
  • Nick
  • James
  • Ben
  • Peter
  • Joe
  • Jamie
  • Shane
  • Jacob
  • Jake
  • Jacob
  • Rae
  • Dan
  • Lucian
  • John
  • Jesse
  • Michael
  • Josh
  • Tom
  • Jackson
  • Benjamin
  • Chris
  • Charlies
  • Andie
  • Edward
  • Brad
  • Connor
  • Gabriel
  • Harry
  • Ryan
  • Caleb
  • Gideon
  • Nathan
  • Adam
  • Channing
  • Ted
  • Logan
  • George
  • Peter
Sexiest names in the world unveiled - from Hollywood stars to unusual contendersJulia Roberts has the world's fourth sexiest name for women (Getty Images)
Sexiest names in the world unveiled - from Hollywood stars to unusual contendersAnd James Franco can proudly say he ranks in the top five too (GC Images)

Women

  • Mary
  • Rachel
  • Kate
  • Julia
  • Eva
  • Susan
  • Sophie
  • Mia
  • Julie
  • Bella
  • Anna
  • Carol
  • Nora
  • Emily
  • Ellie
  • Rose
  • Lucy
  • Lisa
  • Brooke
  • Jessica
  • Dorothy
  • Erin
  • Laura
  • Holly
  • Jenny
  • Bianca
  • Margaret
  • Lara
  • Colby
  • Laura
  • Tess
  • Jane
  • Daisy
  • Bridget
  • Anna
  • Elizabeth
  • Tara
  • Sara

The study noted that the sexiest men's names contain vowel sounds at the front of the mouth, whereas the women's were the opposite.

Both gender's hottest names always have less than seven letters too. Plus it suggested that Brits favour classic and timeless names the most, like Jack, Rachel and Nick.

Love Honey added: "Research shows that some names are just naturally sexier than others."

Do you have one of the world's sexiest names? Get in touch via [email protected].

Nia Dalton

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