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Popularity of the Baby Name Emil

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Popular Baby Names in Denmark, 2015

According to data from Statistics Denmark, the most popular baby names in the country in 2015 were Sofia and William.

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

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Sofia, 555 baby girls
2. Freja, 459
3. Ella, 449
4. Alma, 445
5. Anna, 419
6. Emma, 415
7. Laura, 412
8. Clara, 398
9. Ida, 390
10. Isabella, 388
1. William, 591 baby boys
2. Noah, 543
3. Lucas, 534
4. Emil, 489
5. Oliver, 489
6. Oscar, 480
7. Victor, 478
8. Malthe, 455
9. Alfred, 425
10. Carl, 418

Emma, the former #1 girl name, dropped to 6th place last year. Alma, on the other hand, jumped from 11th to 4th and replaced Karla in the top 10.

On the boys’ side, Alfred (jumping from 17th to 9th) and Carl replaced Frederik and Magnus.

In the top 50, the girl names Gry, Naya, and Silje replaced Alba, Naja, and Malou, and the boy names Jakob, Lauge, Milas, Silas, Theo, Thor, and Viggo replaced Andreas, Bertram, Daniel, Jacob, Jonas, Nikolaj, and Sander.

(Gry means “dawn” in Danish and Norwegian, Silje is a diminutive of Cecilia, and Lauge is based on the Old Norse byname Félagi, meaning “fellow, partner, mate.”)

Here are Denmark’s 2014 rankings.

Sources: Names of newborn children – Statistics Denmark, Top 20 Danish baby names for boys and girls, Lauge – Nordic Names Wiki


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 Denmark, 2014

According to data from Statistics Denmark, the most popular baby names in the country in 2014 were Emma and William.

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

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Emma
2. Sofia
3. Ida
4. Freja
5. Clara
6. Laura
7. Anna
8. Ella
9. Isabella
10. Karla
1. William
2. Noah
3. Lucas
4. Oscar
5. Victor
6. Malthe
7. Emil
8. Frederik
9. Oliver
10. Magnus

New to the girls’ top 10 are Ella and Karla, which replace Sofie and Josefine.

New to the boys’ top 10 is Malthe, which replaces Alexander.

Malthe jumped from 22nd place in 2013 to 6th last year likely because of a 14-year-old contestant on Denmark’s Voice Junior named Malthe. (He has brothers named Asbjørn and Halfdan, btw.)

The boy names Nohr, Sander, Asger and the girl names Signe, Liv, Alba, Aya all entered the top 50 in 2014.

Sources: Names of newborn children, Denmark’s top baby names revealed

Popular Baby Names in Norway, 2014

According to data from Statistics Norway, the most popular baby names in Norway in 2014 were Nora/Norah and Lucas/Lukas.

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

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Nora/Norah, 434 baby girls
2. Emma, 418
3. Sara/Sarah, 404
4. Sofie/Sophie, 388
5. Emilie, 358
6. Anna, 327
7. Linnea/Linea, 326
8. Thea/Tea, 323
9. Maja/Maia/Maya, 323
10. Sofia/Sophia, 315
1. Lucas/Lukas, 448 baby boys
2. William, 438
3. Markus/Marcus, 423
4. Emil, 419
5. Oskar/Oscar, 389
6. Mathias/Matias, 382
7. Magnus, 377
8. Filip/Fillip/Philip, 372
9. Jakob/Jacob, 371
10. Aksel/Axel, 363

Though Mohammad didn’t feature in the national top 10, it was the #1 boy name in the capital city of Oslo. (The #1 girl name there was Nora.)

In contrast with the above, these are Norway’s top 10 female and male names overall:

Female Names Male Names
1. Anne, 61k females
2. Inger, 31k
3. Kari, 26k
4. Marit, 26k
5. Ingrid, 24k
6. Liv, 23k
7. Eva, 19k
8. Anna, 18k
9. Maria, 18k
10. Ida, 18k
1. Jan, 49k males
2. Per, 38k
3. Bjørn, 38k
4. Ole, 31k
5. Lars, 30k
6. Kjell, 27k
7. Knut, 25k
8. Svein, 25k
9. Arne, 24k
10. Thomas, 24k

The only earlier list I have for Norway is from 2010, but more lists (and more names from the 2014 list) are available via the first link below.

Sources: Navn – SSB, ‘Nora’ and ‘Lucas’ Most Popular Names

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

Popular Baby Names in Latvia, 2013

Latvia’s top baby names of 2013 were announced a couple of weeks ago.

According to Latvia’s Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, the country’s most popular names of 2013 were Sofia and Robert.

Here are the top 5 girl names and top 5 boy names of 2013:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Sofia
2. Marta
3. Emilia
4. Anna
5. Alice
1. Robert
2. Marcus
3. Gustavs
4. Daniel
5. Artyom

To compare, the top 10 girl names of 2012 were Sofia, Emilia, Alice, Victoria, Anna, Marta, Anastasia, Paula, Elizabeth, and Evelyn; the top 10 boy names of 2012 were Robert, Gustavs, Artyom, Marcus, Daniel, Ralf, Alexander, Maksim, Emil and Carl.

Sources: Latvia reveals most popular baby names of 2013, Last year’s most popular baby names – Robert and Sofia

The Baby Name Velveeta

the baby name velveeta

We may not be able to stop the Cheesepocalypse, but while we’re waiting it out, we can talk about how Velveeta isn’t just a product name — it’s also a baby name! The name Velveeta first appeared on the SSA’s baby name list in the 1950s:

  • 1971: 8 baby girls named Velveeta
  • […]
  • 1966: 5 baby girls named Velveeta
  • […]
  • 1959: 6 baby girls named Velveeta
  • 1958: 5 baby girls named Velveeta
  • 1957: 7 baby girls named Velveeta [debut]

These numbers don’t give the full picture, though. Usage of the name (and of the product itself) was highest in the middle of the century, but I’ve found people named Velveeta born as early as the 1930s and as late as the 1980s.

So where does the word “Velveeta” come from?

The product was invented in the late 1910s by Swiss-born cheesemaker Emil Frey. The Kraft-Phenix company (later just Kraft) ended up acquiring the processed cheese spread and naming it “Velveeta” for its velvety consistency.

Velveeta was introduced nationally in the late 1920s, right around the start of the Great Depression. Here’s a Velveeta ad from 1929 telling people about the “delicious new cheese product.”

What do you think of the name Velveeta?

Do you know anyone with the name? How do they like it?

(Other food product baby names I’ve blogged about so far include Calizza, Dijonnaise and Oleomargarine. And, while we’re talking Velveeta, we can’t forget to mention Cheesette.)

Sources: A Cheesy Meltdown: Kraft Warns Of Velveeta Shortage, And it was all yellow
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