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Popular Baby Names in Finland, 2015

According to data from the Population Register Center of Finland (Väestörekisterikeskus), the most popular baby names among Finnish speakers in 2015 were Venla and Leo.

Here are Finland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:

Baby Girl Names Baby Boy Names
1. Venla, 394 baby girls
2. Sofia, 346
3. Aada, 335
4. Aino, 331
5. Elsa, 326
6. Helmi, 325
7. Emma, 323
8. Eevi, 299
9. Ella, 297
10. Emilia, 262
1. Leo, 408 baby boys
2. Elias, 379
3. Onni, 361
4. Eino, 339
5. Oliver, 330
6. Niilo, 321
7. Väinö, 316
8. Eetu, 313
9. Leevi, 293
10. Daniel, 265

Elsa and Eevi replace Enni and Amanda in the girls’ top 10, and Daniel replaces Aleksi in the boys’ top 10. Venla, the new #1 name, rose from 7th place in 2014.

While about 85% of the babies accounted for were born to Finnish speakers, another 6% were born to Swedish speakers. Here are Finland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names among Swedish speakers specifically:

Baby Girl Names Baby Boy Names
1. Ellen, 31 baby girls
2. Saga, 29
3. Amanda, 25
4. Elsa, 224
5. Ida, 21
6. Emma, 20
7. Stella, 19
8. Ebba, 17
9. Emilia, 16
10. Edith, 16
1. Emil, 43 baby boys
2. Oliver, 34
3. William, 32
4. Lucas, 28
5. Max, 26
6. Liam, 25
7. Benjamin
8. Noah, 24
9. Casper, 23
10. Axel, 22

Tied with Emilia and Edith were Olivia, Matilda and Minea; tied with Axel was Anton. Saga, the #2 girl name, ranked 4th in Sweden itself last year.

The Finnish Names Act (Nimilaki) allows babies to receive a maximum of three given names. The names must conform to Finnish orthography, reflect the correct gender, and not be “inappropriate” in any way.

Sources: Trending baby names in 2015: Venla and Ellen for girls, Leo and Emil for boys, Nimet – Väestörekisterikeskus (via Clare’s Name News), Finnish names still subject to law – how many and what kind


Popular Baby Names in Finland, 2014

According to data from Finland’s Population Register Centre, the most popular baby names in Finland in 2014 were Sofia and Elias.

Here are Finland’s top 5 girl names and top 5 boy names of 2014:

Girl Names (Finnish) Boy Names (Finnish)
1. Sofia, 380 baby girls
2. Aino
3. Aada
4. Ella
5. Emma
1. Elias, 438 baby boys
2. Leo
3. Onni
4. Eino
5. Oliver

Comparing 2014 to 2013, Ella replaces Venla in the girls’ top 5 and Eino replaces Eetu in the boys’ top 5.

Did you know that roughly 5% of the people in Finland are Swedish speakers? Here are the top 5 girl names and top 5 boy names among Swedish-speaking Finns:

Girl Names (Swedish) Boy Names (Finnish)
1. Amanda (38 baby girls)
2. Ellen
3. Emma
4. Ella
5. Edith
1. Oliver (33 baby boys)
2. Anton
3. Leo
4. Benjamin
5. Hugo

Alas, still no data on baby names among the Sami. In leiu of that, here are all the Sami Names listed at the site Nordic Names.

Sources: Sofia and Elias – Finland’s favourite baby names in 2014, Sofia och Elias var de populäraste förnamnen år 2014

Popular Baby Names in Sweden, 2014

According to data from Statistics Sweden, the most popular baby names in Sweden in 2014 were Elsa and Lucas.

Here are Sweden’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2014:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Elsa, 850 baby girls
2. Alice, 806
3. Maja, 732
4. Agnes, 673
5. Lilly, 646
6. Olivia, 626
7. Julia, 610
8. Ebba, 603
9. Linnea, 594
10. Molly, 579
1. Lucas, 860 baby boys
2. William, 851
3. Oscar, 805
4. Oliver, 754
5. Liam, 728
6. Elias, 721
7. Hugo, 696
8. Vincent, 641
9. Charlie, 634
10. Alexander, 630

Though they didn’t make it obvious, the names above actually represent combined spellings.

So do you think Elsa, which ranked 3rd in 2013, hit #1 last year thanks to the movie Frozen? Here are the numbers for Elsa (that spelling only) over the last 5 years:

  • 2014: 841 babies named Elsa in Sweden
  • 2013: 762
  • 2012: 750
  • 2011: 716
  • 2010: 719

Sweden also puts out lists of baby names that are rising the fastest…

Rising girl names Rising boy names
1. Luna
2. Elisa
3. Celine
4. Elise
5. Amelia
1. Ebbe
2. Harry
3. Loui
4. Dante
5. Otto

…and falling the fastest.

Falling girl names Falling boy names
1. Minna
2. Ronja
3. Emma
4. Svea
5. Ella
1. Simon
2. Olle
3. Anton
4. Jonathan
5. Milo

Could the rise of Elisa and Elise be attributable to Elsa?

Source: Name Statistics – Statistics Sweden

Vietnamese Refugee Baby Named for Rescue Ship

At the end of the Vietnam War, tens of thousands fled Saigon by sea.

One Vietnamese ship, the Truong Xuan, was packed with nearly four thousand refugees. When it began taking on water in the South China Sea, it sent out a distress call.

The S.O.S. was heard by Capt. Anton M. Olsen of the Danish freighter the Clara Mærsk.

Clara Maersk, ship

Olsen turned the Clara around and, after searching for several hours, found the distressed vessel. All the refugees were taken on board in a 6-hour rescue operation on May 2, 1975.

Two days later, the Clara Mærsk arrived in Hong Kong, where the refugees were dropped off.

At least 2 babies were born on the Clara en route to Hong Kong, and one of those babies was named Clara after the ship.

In a blog post about the Clara Mærsk, the Maersk Line itself called the Clara Mærsk rescue story “the most extraordinary story in the history of our company.”

Source: “More Refugees Reach Hong Kong.” Lewiston Daily Sun 5 May 1975: 15.
Image: Clara Mærsk in the Panama Canal by Maersk Line

Popular Baby Names in Finland, 2013

Finland’s top baby names of 2013 were released last week.

According to the country’s Population Register Centre, the most popular baby names last year were Emma and Onni.

Here are Finland’s top 5 girl names and top 5 boy names of 2013:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Emma (445 baby girls)
2. Aino
3. Aada
4. Venla
5. Sofia
1. Onni (431 baby boys)
2. Elias
3. Leo
4. Oliver
5. Eetu

Of the 60,000+ babies were born in Finland last year, over 51,000 were born to Finnish-speaking families and over 3,500 were born to Swedish-speaking families. Here are the top 5 girl names and boy names among Swedish-speaking Finns:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Ellen (32 baby girls)
2. Emma
3. Ida
4. Elin
5. Minea
1. Emil (57 baby boys)
2. Elias
3. Benjamin
4. Anton
5. Liam

I wish they’d included a third list — one of popular Sami names! That would’ve been cool to see.

Source: Emma and Onni most popular baby names in 2013

Most Popular Baby Names in Sweden, 2012

The most popular baby names in Sweden were announced a couple of days ago.

According to Statistics Sweden, the country’s top names are William for boys and Alice for girls.

Here are the top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of 2012:

Baby Girl Names Baby Boy Names
1. Alice
2. Elsa
3. Julia
4. Ella
5. Maja
6. Ebba
7. Emma
8. Linnea
9. Molly
10. Alva
11. Wilma
12. Agnes
13. Klara [tie]
13. Nellie [tie]
15. Isabelle
16. Olivia
17. Alicia
18. Ellen
19. Lily
20. Stella
1. William
2. Oscar
3. Lucas
4. Hugo
5. Elias
6. Alexander
7. Liam
8. Charlie
9. Oliver
10. Filip
11. Leo
12. Viktor
13. Vincent
14. Emil
15. Axel
16. Anton
17. Erik
18. Olle
19. Theo
20. Ludvig

Did you know that, back in 1888, Ebba was the top newbie baby name in the US?

But let’s get back to Sweden.

Which Swedish names saw the biggest popularity boosts from 2011 to 2012?

Going up:

Rising Girl Names Rising Boy Names
1. Sigrid
2. Majken
3. Elise
4. Alicia
5. Lykke
6. Ronja
7. Juni
8. Svea
9. Siri [tie]
9. Melissa [tie]
1. Ebbe
2. Henry
3. Elvin
4. Charlie
5. Julian
6. Valter [tie]
6. Matteo [tie]
8. Elton
9. Edward
10. Mohamed

And which names decreased the most in popularity?

Going down:

Falling Girl Names Falling Boy Names
1. Minna
2. Tove
3. Elin
4. Evelina
5. Thea
6. Tindra
7. Filippa
8. Linnea
9. Tilde
10. Amanda
1. Ville
2. Linus
3. Neo
4. Rasmus
5. Carl
6. Jonathan
7. Simon
8. Viggo [tie]
8. Tim [tie]
10. Joel

Finally, here are the top baby names in Sweden from a couple of years ago.

Sources: Name Statistics – Statistics Sweden, William, Alice top Swedish baby names