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Popularity of the Baby Name Alina

Number of Babies Named Alina

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

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Five-Name Friday: Girl Name Like Nayeli, Alondra

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Welcome to Five Name Friday! Here’s today’s baby name request:

Dad likes Nayeli for a girl, mom is Janel. Mom likes Alina, Alondra, Luzalina.

Can you come up with five great baby name suggestions for this person?

Here are the guidelines:

  • Be independent. Choose your five names before checking out anybody else’s five names.
  • Be sincere. These should be names you’d have no problem recommending to someone in real life.
  • Five names only. If your comment includes more than five names, I’ll have to do some deleting. (This includes nickname suggestions!)

Which five baby names are you going to suggest?

[You can also comment on previous Five-Name Friday posts, or send me your own 2-sentence baby name request using the contact form.]


Popular Baby Names in Switzerland, 2013

Switzerland’s (many) top baby names of 2013 were announced recently.

According to data from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, the country’s most popular baby names last year were:

  • Emma and Gabriel for French-speakers,
  • Mia and Noah for German-speakers,
  • Sofia and Gabriel for Italian-speakers, and
  • Chiara and Jonas for Romansh-speakers.

Here are Switzerland’s top girl names and top boy names of 2013 within each language group.

French-speakers:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Emma (125 baby girls)
2. Chloé (98)
3. Léa (93)
4. Eva (90)
5. Alice (86)
6. Zoé (84)
7. Sofia (76)
8. Camille (75)
1. Gabriel (142 baby boys)
2. Liam (120)
3. Théo (112)
4. Noah (109)
5. Luca (104)
6. Nathan (104)
7. Léo (100)
8. Thomas (97)

The fastest risers from 2012 to 2013 were Liam (11th to 2nd) and Camille (16th to 8th).

German-speakers:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Mia (313 baby girls)
2. Alina (281)
3. Sara (248)
4. Laura (247)
5. Lea (244)
6. Sophia (241)
7. Leonie (238)
8. Emma (227)
1. Noah (307 baby boys)
2. Leon (281)
3. Luca (271)
4. Julian (243)
5. Levin (241)
6. David (234)
7. Nico (229)
8. Gian (219)

The fastest risers from 2012 to 2013 were Sara (13th to 3rd) and Sophia (16th to 6th).

Italian-speakers:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Sofia (33 baby girls)
2. Emma (28)
3. Emily (26)
3. Giulia (26)
5. Alice (23)
5. Melissa (23)
7. Mia (21)
8. Noemi (19)
1. Gabriel (35 baby boys)
2. Leonardo (34)
3. Mattia (29)
4. Matteo (27)
5. Alessandro (26)
6. Nathan (24)
7. Samuele (21)
8. Federico (20)

The fastest risers from 2012 to 2013 were Emily (32nd to 3rd) and Noemi (19th to 8th).

Romansh-speakers:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Chiara (4 baby girls) 1. Jonas (3 baby boys)

Last year, when I posted about the 2012 names, I mentioned Switzerland’s small Romansh-speaking population. What were their top names? Cool to see some data being released this year!

Sources: Swiss parents steadfast in baby name choices, Swiss Statistics – The most popular first names

Popular Baby Names in Estonia, 2013

Estonia’s top baby names of 2013 were published in the newspaper Postimees at the end of 2012.

The paper didn’t explicitly mention the source of the information (the Ministry of the Interior?) but reported that the country’s most popular names from January to November, 2013, were Maria and Rasmus.

Here are Estonia’s projected top 15 girl names and top 15 boy names of 2013:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Maria**
2. Sofia
3. Laura
4. Anna**
5. Mia/Miia
6. Milana
7. Lisandra
8. Mirtel
9. Viktoria
10. Liisa
11. Arina
12. Darja
13. Aleksandra
14. Sandra
15. Adeele/Adele
1. Rasmus
2. Artjom**
3. Martin
4. Robin
5. Oliver
6. Markus
7. Nikita**
8. Romet
9. Sebastian
10. Sander
11. Kristofer
12. Robert
13. Oskar
14. Maksim
15. Daniel

**These names are particularly popular among Russian-speakers in Estonia.

Names that increased in popularity last year include Rasmus, Gregor and Mia.

Kevin, Kristjan and Kristina, on the other hand, decreased in popularity “significantly.”

Mirtel, 8th on the girls’ list, was rare until Estonian actress Mirtel Pohla came along.

The name Lenna was similarly uncommon until Estonian singer Lenna Kuurmaa hit the scene, and now Lenna is “quite popular,” though not in the top 15.

Robin, 4th on the boys’ list, is a curious one. It’s not an Estonian name, but simply the English male name Robin. And yet it’s trending in Estonia right now. (The last time Robin was trendy in the U.S. was a half century ago, and most of those baby Robins were female.) Could the inspiration be “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke? I know it’s a long shot, but that’s all I can think of.

Postimees also published the following list of Estonia’s most popular baby names from 1992 to 2004. (They did say the Ministry of the Interior was the source for this one.)

Top Girl Names, 1992–2004 Top Boy Names, 1992–2004
1. Anna
2. Laura
3. Kristina
4. Maria
5. Diana
6. Sandra
7. Anastassia
8. Jekaterina
9. Karina
10. Alina
11. Kristiina
12. Aleksandra
13. Viktoria
14. Darja
15. Liis
16. Anastasia
17. Kätlin
18. Julia
19. Valeria
1. Martin
2. Sander
3. Aleksandr
4. Kristjan
5. Kevin
6. Nikita
7. Markus
8. Artur
9. Maksim
10. Karl
11. Dmitri
12. Daniil
13. Siim
14. Rasmus
15. Aleksei
16. Andrei
17. Artjom
18. Mihkel
19. Ilja

I’m guessing 2004 was picked as an endpoint because Estonia enacted a name law in early 2005 that regulates baby name orthography (to start weeding out foreign letters such as x, y and c). The full list has 677 names; at the bottom are names like Sirje, Raina, Raneli and Patricia.

Sources: And This Year’s Most Popular Baby Names Are…, These are the days of Rasmus, Artjom, Maria and Sofia

Most Popular Baby Names in Switzerland, 2012

Switzerland recently released not one but three lists of popular baby names.

Impressive.

According to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, the top baby names in Switzerland last year were:

  • Gabriel and Emma among the French-speakers,
  • Noah and Mia among the German-speakers, and
  • Gabriel and Sofia among the Italian-speakers.

Here are more of the most popular baby names of 2012 within each language group:

French

Top Girl Names Top Boy Names
1. Emma (126 baby girls)
2. Léa (102)
3. Chloé (97)
4. Zoé (94)
5. Lara (89)
6. Eva (81)
7. Charlotte (75)
7. Clara (75)
1. Gabriel (129 baby boys)
2. Luca (113)
3. Thomas (113)
4. Noah (104)
5. Nathan (100)
6. Lucas (99)
7. Samuel (98)
8. Théo (94)

German

Top Girl Names Top Boy Names
1. Mia (307 baby girls)
2. Alina (301)
3. Laura (269)
4. Julia (259)
5. Anna (258)
6. Emma (252)
7. Leonie (250)
8. Lena (248)
1. Noah (338 baby boys)
2. Luca (333)
3. David (283)
4. Leon (277)
5. Leandro (254)
6. Nico (252)
7. Levin (247)
8. Julian (231)

Italian

Top Girl Names Top Boy Names
1. Sofia (34 baby girls)
2. Alice (32)
3. Emma (24)
4. Elisa (23)
4. Giulia (23)
4. Martina (23)
7. Giada (19)
7. Giorgia (19)
1. Gabriel (36 baby boys)
2. Alessandro (34)
3. Leonardo (32)
4. Matteo (31)
5. Nathan (30)
6. Samuele (25)
7. Elia (24)
8. Samuel (19)

I haven’t yet seen any 2012 data for the Romansh-speakers, but I hope to, so I’ll be on the lookout.

Here are Switzerland’s most popular baby names of 2007 if you’d like to compare.

Sources: Swiss Statistics – The most popular first names, Most popular baby names listed

Family in California with 17 Children

Vladimir and Zynaida Chernenko of Rancho Cordova, California, welcomed their 17th child in December of 2005.

Here are the names and ages (in 2005) of all 17:

  • Sergey, 22 years old
  • Liliya, 20
  • Andrey, 19
  • Dimitry, 18
  • Anatoliy, 17
  • Lyudmila, 16
  • Anna, 14
  • Vitaliy, 13
  • Oksana, 11
  • Svetlana, 10
  • Inna, 9
  • Vyacheslav, 8
  • Pavel, 6
  • Diana, 5
  • Alina, 3
  • Timofei, 2
  • David, newborn

The first 11 were born in the Ukraine; the last 6 were born after the family moved to the U.S.

Rancho Cordova is part of the Sacramento area, were the “the average family has 3.19 members, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.”

The census stops counting once households reach seven or more. Those households make up about 2% of the region of the Sacramento region’s population.

Want to see more sibling names?

Sources: California family has 17 children, Family of 19 is never bored