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Friday 24th May 2019

Bookies have released odds-on favourite for name of Declan Donnelly's baby

Will it be a Little Dec or Little Ali entering the world?

Declan Donnelly only confirmed wife Ali's pregnancy on Sunday night, but already speculation has started over the baby's name.

The 42-year-old Ant & Dec star told fans he and talent manager Ali are "delighted" to be expecting their first child.

But just what will the child be called?!

Dec and Ali married in 2015 (Credit: FameFlynet.uk.com)

Unsurprisingly, it's not known yet whether Dec and Ali are expecting a little boy or girl, but no worries! The bookies have them all covered whether it's a Little Dec or Little Ali that arrives later this year!

Read more: Declan Donnelly confirms wife Ali is expecting their first child

William Hill has already begun taking odds for possible baby names. And, as you'd expect, currently one of the most popular suggestions is Anthony, in honour of Dec's telly partner Ant McPartlin.

The company has revealed Anthony is the best backed boy's name at 25/1, while female variation, Antonia, is currently at 50/1.

People are betting on Dec naming a future son after best pal Ant McPartlin (Credit: Fameflynet)

Other possibilities include nods to Dec's favourite football club, Newcastle United, with Alan (aka Alan Shearer) at 25/1 and Michael (in honour of Michael Owen) at 40/1.

And there's also Alphonsus at 16/1, if Dec decides to name his child after his beloved late dad.

The Britain's Got Talent judges have also been mentioned, with Simon (Cowell) at 33/1, Amanda (Holden) at 20/1 and David (Walliams) at 50/1.

Phil and Holly's names have also popped up as possibilities (Credit: ITV)

Oh, and Piers (Morgan) at 100/1 and Susanna (Reid) at 40/1, while Holly (Willoughby) and Phillip (Schofield) are both 25/1.

Other names in the running for a boy include Dermot, Martin and Eamonn, the names of Dec's brothers, and for a girl, his mum's name Anne, and sister's name Moyra.

Interestingly, his other two sisters - Patricia and Camalia - aren't currently among the popular choices.

Dec could also name a son after himself, with Declan currently sitting at 33/1.

Or he could go retro and right back to his roots, opting for either PJ or Duncan, both sitting at 100/1. Just imagine!

Ali and Dec have said they are "delighted" to be expecting a child (Credit: Zed Jameson / FameFlynet.uk.com)

The news has sneaked out a little earlier than we had hoped but Ali and I are delighted to be expecting our first child.

Other suggestions touted by punters include classic baby names Jack, Emma, George, Catherine, Charlie, James, Emily, Ava, Chloe and Amelia.

Fans have also put money down on Ella, Grace, Sophie, Alistair, Dylan, Stephen, Patrick, Michael, Noah, Georgie and Philip.

Dec and Ali, who married in 2015, confirmed their happy baby news on Sunday night.

Referring to newspaper stories earlier in the day, Dec told fans on Instagram: "Just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely messages.

"The news has sneaked out a little earlier than we had hoped but Ali and I are delighted to be expecting our first child. Thanks for all the love, we really appreciate it."

Congratulations, guys! 

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