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Popularity of the Baby Name Anna


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Popular Baby Names in Italy, 2018

According to Italy’s Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Sofia and Leonardo.

Here are Italy’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Sofia, 6,400 baby girls
  2. Giulia, 5,917
  3. Aurora, 5,862
  4. Alice, 3,741
    • The Italian pronunciation is a-LEE-cheh (as opposed to AL-iss in English).
  5. Ginevra, 3,688
  6. Emma, 3,481
  7. Giorgia, 3,251
  8. Greta, 3,043
  9. Beatrice, 3,030
  10. Anna, 2,762

Boy Names

  1. Leonardo, 7,690 baby boys
  2. Francesco, 6,519
  3. Alessandro, 5,660
  4. Lorenzo, 5,566
  5. Mattia, 5,474
  6. Andrea, 5,016
  7. Gabriele, 4,721
  8. Riccardo, 4,456
  9. Tommaso, 4,181
  10. Edoardo, 3,776

In the girls’ top 10, Anna replaces Martina.

In the boys’ top 10, Edoardo replaces Matteo.

In 2017, the top names were Sofia and Francesco.

Source: How Many Babies Are Named…? (Istat)

Popular Baby Names in France, 2018

According to INSEE (Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques), the most popular baby names in France in 2018 were Emma and Gabriel.

Here are France’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Emma, 4,369 baby girls
  2. Jade, 3,977
  3. Louise, 3,766
  4. Alice, 3,313
  5. Chloé, 3126
  6. Lina, 2,908
  7. Léa, 2798
  8. Rose, 2,720
  9. Anna, 2,603
  10. Mila, 2,581

Boy Names

  1. Gabriel, 5,419 baby boys
  2. Raphaël, 4591
  3. Léo, 4446
  4. Louis, 4415
  5. Lucas, 3979
  6. Adam, 3897
  7. Arthur, 3755
  8. Jules, 3698
  9. Hugo, 3686
  10. Maël, 3259

Two baby names that are trendy in France right now are Kylian and Aya — Kylian because of French soccer player Kylian Mbappé, and Aya because of French-Malian pop singer Aya Nakamura.

Strangely, I’ve never covered the French rankings before. I have posted about Paris a couple of times, though.

Sources: Classement des prénoms en France depuis 1900 – Insee, The ‘foreign’ baby name that’s still top of the charts in France

Name Quotes 78: Brene, Neal, SanDeE*

The name SanDeE* from LA Story (1991).
SanDeE* from LA Story

From the 1991 movie LA Story, a conversation between Harris (played by Steve Martin) and SanDeE* (played by Sarah Jessica Parker):

H: What was your name again?

S: SanDeE*

H: I’m sorry, Sandy, Sandy… It’s a nice name. Everybody has such weird names now, it’s like Tiffany with a P-H-I, and instead of Nancy it’s Nancine. [He begins to write her name down.]

S: Big S, small A, small N, big D, small E, big E.

H: What?

S: Big S, small A, small N, big D, small E, big E. [She grabs his hand and writes directly on it.] Big S, small A, small N, big D, small E, big E. Then there’s a little star at the end.

Anna Wintour recently talking about her new puppy, named Finch [vid]:

She’s called Finch because we call all of our dogs after characters in To Kill a Mockingbird. So we have had a Scout, a Radley, and a Harper. And let me tell you, they are not happy about Finch’s arrival.

From a 1995 interview with R.E.M. vocalist Michael Stipe, whose paternal grandfather was a Methodist minister:

Well, Methodism was started by John Wesley, who was, in his way, a really radical guy who believed in a lot of individual responsibility. It’s not the kind of religion that’s right around your throat. Actually, I was named after him, John Michael Stipe.

From an article about Lara Prescott, author of the new book The Secrets We Kept, a fictional account of the dangers of publishing Doctor Zhivago in the 1950s:

You could say she was born to write this historical novel: Prescott’s mother named her after the doomed heroine from her favorite movie, the 1965 adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s epic.

A non-edited tweet from Cardi B, whose sister’s name is Hennessy:

Fun fact :Always wanted a daughter and I always used to say imma name her HennyLynn. It’s a cute mix of my sisters name but then I started calling my sister HennyLynn then it became one of the nicknames I gave my sister so it woulda been weird naming my daughter that .

From an article about a Georgia man whose name, Neal, came from a POW bracelet:

His father, the late John Carpenter, was an aircraft mechanic in the Navy and was deployed overseas at the time. He arrived home in time for his son’s birth. When it became necessary to scramble and find a boy’s name, John Carpenter looked down at the POW/MIA bracelet he was wearing.

The engraved name was Neal Clinton Ward Jr. He had been listed as Missing in Action since June 13, 1969. An airman, his plane had been shot down over Laos in the jungles of Southeast Asia, nine days before his 24th birthday.

The Carpenters named their son Neal Ward Carpenter.

(Neal’s mom had been convinced the baby would be a girl. Neal said: “I was going to be April Michelle, and that’s all there was to it.”)

Research professor and author Brené Brown on her unique name:

Growing up, every time we drove from San Antonio to Houston, going to Stuckey’s — all these places where you buy monogrammed shirts and glasses — I was so put out because there was never a “Brené.” So I think I made up in my head that it was French. And then I hitchhiked across Europe after high school and I got to France and I was like, “Je suis Brené!” And they were like, “What kind of name is that?” They’d never heard of it. My parents just made it up. I had a whole narrative in high school — “When I bust out of this suburban Spring, Texas, high school I’m going to go back to France where my people are!” But, no, it’s not French — it’s south side San Antonio.

Marketing expert Seth Godin’s take on the best middle name ever:

It’s not Warren or Susan or Otis or Samuel or Tricia.

It’s “The.”

As in Attila The Hun or Alexander The Great or Zorba The Greek.

When your middle name is ‘The’, it means you’re it. The only one. The one that defines the category. I think that focus is a choice, and that the result of appropriate focus is you earn the middle name.

For more name-related quotes, check out the name quotes category.

Popular Baby Names in Austria, 2018

According to Statistics Austria, the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Anna and Paul.

Here are Austria’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Anna – used for 869 baby girls (2.1%)
  2. Emma
  3. Laura
  4. Marie
  5. Lena (2-way tie)
  6. Mia (2-way tie)
  7. Emilia
  8. Sophia
  9. Johanna
  10. Valentina

Boy Names

  1. Paul – used for 830 baby boys (1.9%)
  2. David
  3. Jakob
  4. Maximilian
  5. Felix
  6. Elias
  7. Alexander
  8. Lukas
  9. Leon
  10. Tobias

In the girls’ top 10, Valentina replaces Sophie.

In the boys’ top 10, Leon replaces Jonas.

And in 2017, the two top names in the country were Anna and Maximilian.

Source: First Names of newborn babies 2018

Popular Baby Names in Switzerland, 2018

According to data from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the most popular baby names in Switzerland in 2018 were Emma and Liam.

Here are the country’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Emma, 504 baby girls
  2. Mia, 445
  3. Sofia, 342
  4. Lea, 325
  5. Elena, 319
  6. Emilia, 307
  7. Mila, 301
  8. Anna, 299
  9. Laura, 277
  10. Lena, 275

Boy Names

  1. Liam, 446 baby boys
  2. Noah, 443
  3. Leon, 344
  4. Luca, 332
  5. Elias, 326
  6. Gabriel, 324
  7. Matteo, 313
  8. Louis, 301
  9. Ben, 281
  10. David, 265

In the girls’ top 10, Elena, Mila, and Laura replace Lina, Lara, and Nina.

In the boys’ top 10, Louis replaces Samuel.

Here are the top baby names within each of Switzerland’s main language groups:

  • German speakers (63% of the population)
    • Top 3 girl names: Mia, Emma, Lea
    • Top 3 boy names: Noah, Leon, Elias
  • French speakers (23%)
    • Top 3 girl names: Emma, Alice, Eva
    • Top 3 boy names: Liam, Gabriel, Arthur
  • Italian speakers (8%)
    • Top 3 girl names: Sofia, Alice, Emily
    • Top 3 boy names: Leonardo, Liam, Alessandro
  • Romansh speakers (less than 1%)
    • Top girl name: Chiara, Clara, Emilia, Gianna, Hanna, Joana, Lana, Lara, Lena, Lenia, Lia, Mara (at least a 10-way tie)
    • Top boy name: Alessio, Laurin, Liam, Men (4-way tie)

In 2017, the top names in the country overall were Emma and Noah.

Sources: Vornamen der Neugeborenen – Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Not a Heidi in sight: The most popular Swiss baby names in 2018 – The Local