How popular is the baby name Ben in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Ben and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Ben.
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Malta’s top baby names of 2015 have been out for months now, but the latest data still isn’t available on the government’s Naming Babies page, so I can’t give you the official rankings.
The best I can do is this quote from a recent Times of Malta article:
Amy, Ella, Leah, Maya, Valentina, Emma, Martina, Jade, Julia, Elisa and Elena are among the most popular for girls […] Luca, Matthias, Adam, Ben, Benjamin, Beppe, Alexander, Thomas, Zack, Liam, Luke and Noah are among the most popular for boys.
The article also mentioned many of the less common names bestowed in Malta in 2015, including:
Alix (the Maltese version of Alex)
Delyth (“which in Welsh means neat and pretty, but when read with a Maltese pronunciation it means, err, murder”)
According to data from the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (Association for German Language), the most popular baby names in Germany in 2015 were Mia and Jonas.
Here are the country’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
In the girls’ top 10, Mila replaces Marie. In the boys’ top 10, Elias replaces Paul.
Hanna/Hannah and Luis/Louis were the #1 names (and Jonas was down in 7th) in 2014.
One interesting baby name bestowed in Germany in 2015 was “Gretchen Schneewittchen,” or “Gretchen Snow White,” discovered by name researcher Knud Bielefeld. It may have been inspired by Grimm World, the Brothers Grimm museum that opened in Kassel, Germany, in 2015.
According to data from Malta’s National Statistics Office, the most popular name-groups in Malta in 2014 were Elena/Elenia/Helena/Ella and Luke/Luca/Lucas.
Here are Malta’s top 10 girl and boy name-groups of 2014:
Elena/Elenia/Helena/Ella, 97 baby girls
Maria/Marija/Mariah/Marie, 37 [tie]
Anna/Hannah/Ann, 37 [tie]
Luke/Luca/Lucas, 98 baby boys
Liam/William, 51 [tie]
John/Jean/Jonathan/Juan/Gan, 51 [tie]
Kaiden/Kayden/Kai ,46 [tie]
Alexander/Alessandro/Alec, 46 [tie]
Down in 15th place on the boys’ side is “Yannick/Yan” — both are versions of John, and yet they’re not part of the John group, which is tied for 6th.
Speaking of strange things…
The current Maltese birth registration system does not allow for Maltese fonts, which essentially means that names with ċ such as Ċikku or Ċensa; with a ġ such as Ġorġ or Ġanna; and with a ż such as Liża or Ġużi, are out – or at least will be recorded without the essential dots which distinguish the Maltese phonetical sound.
I’ve seen governments (e.g., NWT, California) make excuses about not being able to render minority/ethnic names properly on birth certificates, but I’ve never heard of a country that couldn’t render names from its own national language.
The main characters of the iconic ’70s TV show Starsky & Hutch were a couple of Southern California plainclothes detectives — brash New Yorker David Michael Starsky (the dark-haired one) and reserved Minnesotan Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson (the blond).
The show started airing in 1975, and that’s the year we see both names debut on the U.S. baby name charts. Here’s Starsky:
According to the daily newspaper Luxemburger Wort, the most popular baby names in Luxembourg in 2014 were Emma and Gabriel.
Here are Luxembourg’s top 7 girl names and top 7 boy names of 2014:
In Luxembourg, “[r]egistrars have the right to refuse names they deem ridiculous, discriminating, against the welfare of the child or infringing on the rights of third parties.” One of the rejected baby names of 2014 was Fanta; one of the newly approved names was Mewa.
Luxembourg’s first baby of 2014, born in January 1, was a girl named Sailey.