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Popularity of the Baby Name Anna


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Popular Baby Names in Paris, 2019

According to Paris Data, the most popular baby names in Paris, France, in 2019 were Louise and Gabriel.

Here are the city’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Louise, 223 baby girls
  2. Jeanne, 195
  3. Emma, 180 (tie)
  4. Alice, 180 (tie)
  5. Chloé, 177
  6. Alma, 152
  7. Anna, 142
  8. Charlotte, 140
  9. Joséphine, 133 (tie)
  10. Adèle, 133 (tie)

Boy Names

  1. Gabriel, 371 baby boys
  2. Adam, 292
  3. Arthur, 282
  4. Raphaël, 272
  5. Louis, 271
  6. Mohamed, 213
  7. Victor, 187
  8. Léon, 181
  9. Paul, 180
  10. Isaac, 174 (tie)
  11. Joseph, 174 (tie)

In the girls’ top 10, Alma, Joséphine and Adèle replace Rose, Léa, and Inès. (Notably, Joséphine jumped from 30th place — 97 baby girls — all the way into the top 10.)

In the boys’ top 10, Léon and Isaac/Joseph replace Alexandre and Gaspard.

Finally, here’s a selection of names from elsewhere in the 2019 Paris data (which, like the SSA data, includes all names given to at least five babies per year).

Parisian Girl NamesParisian Boy Names
Apolline (80 girls), Garance (60), Aminata (55), Isaure (40), Castille (37), Ysée (29), Sixtine (17), Athénaïs (15), Prune (14), France (6), Ombeline (6)Octave (79 boys), Balthazar (37), Djibril (30), Aurélien (22), Hippolyte (21), Corentin (10), Matisse (9), Zéphyr (7), Tancrède (7), Enguerrand (6), Kaïss (5)

Source: Liste des prénoms – Paris Data

Popular Baby Names in Belgium, 2019

According to data from Statistics Belgium, the country’s most popular baby names in 2019 were Olivia and Arthur.

Here are Belgium’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Olivia, 651 baby girls
  2. Emma, 563
  3. Mila, 518
  4. Louise, 515
  5. Alice, 407
  6. Lina, 388
  7. Juliette, 378
  8. Anna, 349
  9. Elena, 347
  10. Lucie, 343

Boy Names

  1. Arthur, 610 baby boys
  2. Liam, 575
  3. Louis, 549
  4. Noah, 545
  5. Adam, 504
  6. Jules, 470
  7. Lucas, 451
  8. Victor, 449
  9. Gabriel, 391
  10. Mohamed, 357

In the girls’ top 10, Anna and Lucie replace Marie and Sofia.

The boys’ top 10 includes the same names, but in a different order.

The #1 names within each of Belgium’s three regions were:

  • Brussels: Nour and Adam
  • Flanders: Olivia and Liam
  • Wallonia: Olivia and Louis

Finally, here are some of the baby names that were given to 5 babies each in Belgium last year.

Rare Girl NamesRare Boy Names
Ayliz, Bintou, Cerise, Doja, Elmedina, Fem, Gina, Honorine, Iluna, Jitske, Karlijn, Lilo, Miruna, Nellia, Olga, Puck, Rinad, Sondos, Wissal, ZayaAlperen, Bulut, Chahine, Dastan, Eiden, Furkan, Ghali, Haytham, Ivar, Jarno, Kassim, Lokman, Muaz, Nunzio, Odilon, Pelle, Remco, Sigge, Tidiane, Zias

In 2018, the top names were Emma and Arthur.

Source: First names for boys and girls | Statbel

The Debut of Darina

The baby name Darina debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1948.

In 1948, the baby name Darina first appeared in the U.S. baby name data:

  • 1950: 5 baby girls named Darina
  • 1949: unlisted
  • 1948: 7 baby girls named Darina [debut]
  • 1947: unlisted
  • 1946: unlisted

Where did it come from?

My guess is the movie The Unfinished Dance (1947).

The main character was a young girl in ballet school named Meg. She idolized the head of the school, Ariane Bouchet (played by Cyd Charisse), so when she learned that Ariane would not be dancing the lead in the upcoming production of Swan Lake — that the part would instead go to visiting prima ballerina Anna La Darina — she was not pleased. In fact, she set out to sabotage “La Darina.”

But things went too far: while La Darina was dancing a solo sequence on opening night, Meg went for the light switch…but ended up pulling the trap door lever instead. La Darina fell through the stage, injured her spine, and was told that she would never dance again.

By the end of the movie, Meg discovered that she’d been idolizing the wrong person all along. Ariane was revealed to be self-absorbed, whereas La Darina proved to be generous and forgiving.

What are your thoughts on the name Darina?

Sources: The Unfinished Dance (1947) – IMDB, The Unfinished Dance (1947) – TCM

Popular Baby Names in Spain, 2019

According to Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were (again) Lucia and Hugo.

Here are Spain’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Lucia, 3,621 baby girls
  2. Sofia, 3,505
  3. Martina, 3,172
  4. Maria, 3,165
  5. Julia, 2,600
  6. Paula, 2,498
  7. Emma, 2,362
  8. Daniela, 2,315
  9. Valeria, 2,248
  10. Alba, 2,097

Boy Names

  1. Hugo, 3,536 baby boys
  2. Martin, 3,256
  3. Lucas, 3,185
  4. Mateo, 3,160
  5. Leo, 2,960
  6. Daniel, 2,958
  7. Alejandro, 2,937
  8. Pablo, 2,868
  9. Manuel, 2,460
  10. Alvaro, 2,279

Both top 10 lists include the same 10 names as the year before, but in a different order.

The top names in the Basque Country specifically were Ane and Markel. (Ane is a form of Anna, whereas Markel comes from the Roman name Martialis.)

And did you know that Spain has two autonomous cities on the coast of Africa? They’re Melilla and Ceuta. The top names in Melilla were Amira/Nour (tie) and Mohamed, while the top names in Ceuta were Yasmin and Amir/Mohamed (tie).

Sources: First name of newborns – INEbase, Markel – Behind the Name

Popular Baby Names in Moscow, 2019

According to the government of Moscow, the most popular baby names in the city in 2019 were Sofia and Alexander.

Here are Moscow’s top 3 girl names and top 3 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Sofia
  2. Maria
  3. Anna

Boy Names

  1. Alexander
  2. Mikhail
  3. Maxim

In 2017, the top names in Moscow were largely the same, except Artem ranked 3rd for boys.

Source: Over 137,000 children born in Moscow in 2019