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Popularity of the Baby Name Emir

Number of Babies Named Emir

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

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Popular Baby Names in Turkey, 2015

According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, the most popular baby names in Turkey in 2015 were Zeynep and Yusuf.

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

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Zeynep
2. Elif
3. Hiranur
4. Miray
5. Ecrin
6. Zehra
7. Eylül
8. Azra
9. Defne
10. Nehir
1. Yusuf
2. Eymen
3. Mustafa
4. Ömer
5. Berat
6. Miraç
7. Ayaz
8. Ahmet
9. Mehmet
10. Muhammed

In the girls’ top 10, Defne replaces Yağmur. (Defne, in 25th place in 2014, was popularized by the Turkish TV show Kiralık Aşk according to Maybe it is Daijirō.)

In the boys’ top 10, Ayaz replaces Emir.

Source: Turkish Statistical Institute


Most Popular Baby Names in Turkey, 2014

According to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute, the most popular baby names in Turkey in 2014 were Zeynep and Yusuf.

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

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Zeynep
2. Elif
3. Hiranur
4. Yağmur
5. Ecrin
6. Zehra
7. Azra
8. Miray
9. Nehir
10. Eylül
1. Yusuf
2. Berat
3. Mustafa
4. Ömer
5. Ahmet
6. Eymen
7. Muhammed
8. Miraç
9. Mehmet
10. Emir

Miray and Eylül are new to the girls’ top 10. They replace Nisanur and Belinay.

In the boys’ top 10, Miraç replaces Emirhan.

Sources: Statistics on Child, 2014, Statistics on Child, 2013, Yusuf, Zeynep Turkey’s favorite baby names last year (Thank you to Skizzo for the Turkey list!)

51 Baby Names Banned in Saudi Arabia (Maybe)

Did Saudi Arabia really ban 51 baby names recently? I’m not sure.

Last week, the country’s Civil Affairs Department supposedly released a list of 51 unacceptable baby names — names that were either “not in line with social traditions,” “not appropriate in terms of religion,” or of Western origin.*

Over the weekend, though, a spokesperson from the Civil Affairs Department said that, while the department does regulate baby names, it didn’t release the list in question.

Here are the 51 (possibly) banned baby names:

Malak (“angel” in Arabic)
Abdul Ati
Abdul Nasser (“servant of the helper” in Arabic)
Abdul Mosleh
Nabi
Nabiya
Emir (“prince” in Arabic)
Somu
Al-Mamlaka (“the kingdom” in Arabic)
Malika (“queen” in Arabic)
Mamlaka (“kingdom” in Arabic)
Tabaraka
Nardeen
Maya
Linda
Randa
Basmalah (“in the name of God” in Arabic)
Tuleen
Arm
Nareej
Rital
Als
Sandi
Rama (“pleasing” in Sanskrit; Hindu god)
Maleen
Eleen
Alas
Ainar
Loran
Malkiteena
Lareen
Kibriyal
Laureen
Binyameen (Arabic form of Benjamin)
Narees
Yara
Sitaf
Aileen
Loland
Tilaj
Barah
Abdul Nabi
Abdul Rasool (“servant of the messenger” in Arabic)
Jibreel (Arabic form of Gabriel)
Abdul Mo’een
Abrar
Milak
Aiman
Bayan
Baseel
Rilam

*The Gulf News believes some of the names were included for political reasons — Abdul Nasser because of Egypt’s second president Gamal Abdel Nasser, for instance, and Binyamin because of Israeli’s current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Sources: Interior Ministry bans 51 baby names, Civil Affairs denies banning baby names, Why did Saudi Arabia ban 51 baby names?

Most Popular Baby Names in Israel, 2012

Israel recently released three lists of popular baby names.

According to the Central Bureau for Statistics, the country’s top names last year were:

  • Noam and Noa for Jewish babies,
  • Mohammad and Maryam for Muslim babies, and
  • George and Maria for Christian babies.

Here are more of the most popular baby names of 2012 within each religious group:

Jewish

Top Girl Names Top Boy Names
1. Noa
2. Shira
3. Tamar
4. Talia
5. Maya
6. Yael
7. Sarah
8. Adele/Edel
9. Ayala
10. Michal
1. Noam
2. Uri/Ori
3. Itai
4. Yosef
5. David
6. Yehonatan
7. Daniel
8. Ariel
9. Moshe
10. Eitan

The Jewish names above were listed in my source article, but the Muslim and Christian names below (beyond the #1 names) I had to translate from Hebrew using various online tools/dictionaries, so they might not be perfect.

Muslim

Top Girl Names Top Boy Names
1. Maryam
2. Linn
3. Rahaf
4. Lian
5. Rimas
6. Hala
7. Nur
8. Bisan
9. Malek
10. Aya
1. Mohammad
2. Ahmed
3. Mahmad
4. Yosef
5. Adam
6. Abd
7. Omar
8. Ali
9. Mahmoud
10. Amir

Christian

Top Girl Names Top Boy Names
1. Maria
2. Celine
3. Aline
4. Maya
5. Nur
6. Lian
7. Miriam
8. Natalie
9. Tala
10. Miral
1. George
2. Elias
3. Majd
4. Daniel
5. Joseph
6. Hana
7. Julian
8. Charbel
9. Jude
10. Emir

A few years ago, a group of Israeli rabbis released a list of names they thought should be off-limits to Jewish children. Ariel, the 8th most popular name for Jewish baby boys last year, was on their forbidden name list. :)

Sources: Noa, Noam top baby names for 2012, Central Bureau of Statistics