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Popular Baby Names in Germany, 2015

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:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Mia
2. Emma
3. Hanna/Hannah
4. Sophia/Sofia
5. Anna
6. Emilia
7. Mila
8. Lea/Leah
9. Lina
10. Lena
1. Jonas
2. Maximilian
3. Ben
4. Luca/Luka
5. Leon/Léon
6. Louis/Luis
7. Lukas/Lucas
8. Elias
9. Felix
10. Noah/Noa

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.

Finally, did you know that about 1,000 new baby names are approved in Germany every year?

Sources: GfdS (2015), Germans turn to Star Wars for baby names


Popular Baby Names in Germany, 2014

According to data from the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (Association for German Language), the most popular baby names in Germany in 2014 were Hanna/Hannah and Luis/Louis.

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

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Hanna/Hannah
2. Mia
3. Emma
4. Sophia/Sofia
5. Emilia
6. Lena
7. Anna
8. Lea/Leah
9. Marie
10. Lina
1. Luis/Louis
2. Leon/Léon
3. Maximilian
4. Ben
5. Paul
6. Lukas/Lucas
7. Jonas
8. Noah/Noa
9. Luka/Luca
10. Felix

Last year’s top names were Mia and Ben. On the girls’ list, Lea/Leah replaces Johanna (now ranked 12th). On the boys’ list, Maximilian replaces Finn/Fin/Fynn (now ranked 11th).

Here are the top baby names in Germany for 2013, 2012 and 2010.

UPDATE, 5/7: Replaced the original rankings in this post (which mixed firsts and middles) with the rankings above (which is first names only). Thanks, Diane!

Sources: GfdS (2014), GfdS (2013)

Popular Baby Names in Switzerland, 2013

Switzerland’s (many) top baby names of 2013 were announced recently.

According to data from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, the country’s most popular baby names last year were:

  • Emma and Gabriel for French-speakers,
  • Mia and Noah for German-speakers,
  • Sofia and Gabriel for Italian-speakers, and
  • Chiara and Jonas for Romansh-speakers.

Here are Switzerland’s top girl names and top boy names of 2013 within each language group.

French-speakers:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Emma (125 baby girls)
2. Chloé (98)
3. Léa (93)
4. Eva (90)
5. Alice (86)
6. Zoé (84)
7. Sofia (76)
8. Camille (75)
1. Gabriel (142 baby boys)
2. Liam (120)
3. Théo (112)
4. Noah (109)
5. Luca (104)
6. Nathan (104)
7. Léo (100)
8. Thomas (97)

The fastest risers from 2012 to 2013 were Liam (11th to 2nd) and Camille (16th to 8th).

German-speakers:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Mia (313 baby girls)
2. Alina (281)
3. Sara (248)
4. Laura (247)
5. Lea (244)
6. Sophia (241)
7. Leonie (238)
8. Emma (227)
1. Noah (307 baby boys)
2. Leon (281)
3. Luca (271)
4. Julian (243)
5. Levin (241)
6. David (234)
7. Nico (229)
8. Gian (219)

The fastest risers from 2012 to 2013 were Sara (13th to 3rd) and Sophia (16th to 6th).

Italian-speakers:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Sofia (33 baby girls)
2. Emma (28)
3. Emily (26)
3. Giulia (26)
5. Alice (23)
5. Melissa (23)
7. Mia (21)
8. Noemi (19)
1. Gabriel (35 baby boys)
2. Leonardo (34)
3. Mattia (29)
4. Matteo (27)
5. Alessandro (26)
6. Nathan (24)
7. Samuele (21)
8. Federico (20)

The fastest risers from 2012 to 2013 were Emily (32nd to 3rd) and Noemi (19th to 8th).

Romansh-speakers:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Chiara (4 baby girls) 1. Jonas (3 baby boys)

Last year, when I posted about the 2012 names, I mentioned Switzerland’s small Romansh-speaking population. What were their top names? Cool to see some data being released this year!

Sources: Swiss parents steadfast in baby name choices, Swiss Statistics – The most popular first names

Popular Baby Names in Germany, 2013

Two unofficial lists of the top baby names in Germany are now out.

According to Knud Bielefeld of the blog Beliebte Vornamen, the most popular baby names last year were Mia and Ben.

According to the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (Association for German Language), though, the most popular baby names last year were Sophie/Sofie and Maximilian.

Here are Bielefeld’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2013:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Mia
2. Emma
3. Hanna/Hannah
4. Sophia/Sofia
5. Anna
6. Lea
7. Emilia
8. Marie
9. Lena
10. Leonie
1. Ben
2. Luca/Luka
3. Paul
4. Jonas
5. Finn/Fynn
6. Leon
7. Luis/Louis
8. Lucas/Lukas
9. Maximilian
10. Felix

And here are the GfdS’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2013:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Sophie/Sofie
2. Marie
3. Sophia/Sofia
4. Maria
5. Mia
6. Emma
7. Hannah/Hanna
8. Anna
9. Emilia
10. Johanna
1. Maximilian
2. Alexander 
3. Paul
4. Luca/Luka 
5. Ben
6. Luis/Louis
7. Elias
8. Leon
9. Lukas/Lucas
10. Noah

So what’s the difference between these lists? Bielefeld focused on first names only, while the GfdS included all given names (firsts + middles) on the same list.

That said…this year, for the first time, the GfdS issued a two extra mini-lists. One is first names only, the other is middle names only.

Here are their most popular first names (nearly identical to Bielefeld’s list):

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Mia
2. Emma
3. Hanna/Hannah
1. Ben
2. Paul
3. Luca/Luka

And here are their most popular middle names:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Sophie/Sofie
2. Marie
3. Maria
1. Alexander
2. Maximilian
3. Elias

If you’d like to see the 2012 lists, here they are: GfdS, Bielefeld.

Sources: Ben and Mia – Germany’s top baby names, Die beliebtesten Vornamen 2013

Most Popular Baby Names in Germany, 2012

The most popular baby names in Germany were announced quite a while ago, but I never noticed the press release. Oops.

According to Germany’s Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (Association for German Language), the country’s top names are Luca/Luka for boys and Sophie/Sofie for girls.

Here are the top 10 boy names and top 10 girl names of 2012:

Boy Names Girl Names
1. Luca/Luka (1.69% of boys)
2. Maximilian (1.67%)
3. Alexander (1.56%)
4. Paul (1.55%)
5. Ben (1.29%)
6. Leon/Léon (1.29%)
7. Lukas/Lucas (1.26%)
8. Elias (1.25%)
9. Luis/Louis (1.20%)
10. Jonas (1.08%)
1. Sophie/Sofie (3.28% of girls)
2. Marie (3.22%)
3. Maria (1.58%)
4. Sophia/Sofia (1.50%)
5. Mia (1.48%)
6. Emma (1.39%)
7. Hannah/Hanna (1.27%)
8. Anna (1.23%)
9. Johanna (1.12%)
10. Luisa/Louisa (1.08%)

So, 17.2% of the baby girls and 13.8% of the baby boys born in Germany last year got a name in the top ten.

Some of the unusual names accepted by the government in 2012 were Fallion, Kirono, Meus, Katte, Ruster and Semea.

Source: GfdS

The Biggest Loser Baby Names

I’m seeing a lot of discussion today about the fastest-rising baby names of 2010. There’s Maci and Bentley (thanks to a reality TV show about pregnant teens), Tiana (thanks to Disney), Kellan (thanks to Twilight), Knox (thanks to Brangelina), and more.

But let’s look at the flip side. Which names fell in 2010? Which were some of the biggest losers?

I’ll give you a hint: Many were once the fast-risers. They became trendy for a little while, thanks to pop culture (e.g. a singer, a band, a movie, a book). But when that influence began to fade, the names began to fall.

  • Ciara, down 79 spots (singer Ciara)
  • Jonas, down 80 spots (musicians Jonas Brothers)
  • Marley, down 85 spots (movie Marley & Me)
  • Kimora, down 90 spots (model Kimora Lee Simmons)
  • Rihanna, down 198 spots (singer Rihanna)
  • Analia, down 472 spots (telenovela El Rostro de Analía)

This group even includes the names of the president’s daughters, Sasha (down 84 spots) and Malia (down 111 spots), whose names have not been in the news as much since 2008 and 2009.

Sources: SSA’s Change in Name Popularity page, “Maci” and “Bentley” soar in baby name game

Top Baby Names in Germany, 2010

According to the Association for German Language (GfdS), the most popular baby names in Germany in 2010 were Maximilian and Sophie/Sofie:

Boy Names Girl Names
  1. Maximilian
  2. Alexander
  3. Paul
  4. Leon
  5. Lukas/Lucas
  6. Luca/Luka
  7. Elias
  8. Louis/Luis
  9. Jonas
  10. Felix
  1. Sophie/Sofie
  2. Marie
  3. Maria
  4. Sophia/Sofia
  5. Mia
  6. Anna
  7. Lena
  8. Emma
  9. Hannah/Hanna
  10. Johanna

(These rankings don’t account for all German births last year, but they do account for over 50% of them.)

The GfdS also offered examples of the unusual baby names parents wanted to bestow in 2010. Some were accepted by the government, others were rejected.

Accepted: Rejected:
Belana
Kantorka
Kix
Laperla
Lelibeth
Loana
Lovelle
Miransah
Monel
Napoleon
Noredien
Nox
Quidan
Segesta
Cheraldine
Gihanna
Idjen (rather than Etienne)
Junge (“boy”)
Laslo (for a girl)
Leuis
Menez
Partizan
Pfefferminza (pfefferminze is “peppermint”)
Puppe (“doll”)

Finally, my source claims German law “stat[es] that middle names, like nicknames, can be modified at will.” I wasn’t aware of this. Can anyone out there confirm/deny?

Source: ‘Maximilian’ and ‘Sophie’ most popular baby names of 2010

Most Popular Baby Names in Norway, 2010

The top baby girl and baby boy names in Norway last year were Emma and Lukas–the same as in 2009.

Here are the top ten boy names:

  1. Lukas/Lucas (552 baby boys)
  2. Emil (492)
  3. Mathias/Matias (491)
  4. William (443)
  5. Magnus (435)
  6. Markus/Marcus (428)
  7. Jonas (423)
  8. Kristian/Christian (400)
  9. Oliver (384)
  10. Alexander/Aleksander (380)

Here are the top ten girl names:

  1. Emma (465 baby girls)
  2. Linnea/Linea (452)
  3. Sara/Sahra/Sarah (426)
  4. Sofie/Sophie (423)
  5. Nora/Norah (411)
  6. Ingrid/Ingerid/Ingri (399)
  7. Thea/Tea (389)
  8. Emilie (387)
  9. Ida (381)
  10. Maja/Maia/Maya (353)

And here are a few other interesting facts:

  • 52% of the girls born in 2010 have names that end with -a or -ah.
  • 20% of the boys born in 2010 have biblical names.
  • Mohammad was the most popular baby boy name in Oslo.
  • Norwegian parents seem to be “avoiding names involving the uniquely Norwegian letters of æ, ø and å, which often cause problems and confusion in e-mail addresses and other aspects of a globalized society.”

That last point is particularly interesting. On the one hand, it’s cool that parents are gravitating toward names that will make their chidren’s lives simpler. On the other, names featuring Scandinavian letters like æ, ø and å represent Norway’s heritage, and it would a shame to see little cultural gems like Bjørn and Jørgen fall by the wayside in the name of globalization. (Though I guess it’s inevitable…?)

Sources: Statistics Norway, ‘Emma’ and ‘Lukas’ most popular baby names

Baby Name Needed for the Sibling of Liam Isaac

A reader named Marg is expecting her second child (gender unknown) and would like some name suggestions. Her first is a boy named Liam Isaac. She says:

For a girls name I am really loving the name Eden, but don’t have a middle name for it yet?

But its really with the boys names that we are stuck. We live in Canada, but both come from families that have immigrated from Holland, and the dutch culture is a big part of our family and our traditions. We actually named Liam after my Opa, William, but wanted to shorten it to Liam.

Anyway, all that to say that we do like some Dutch names, such as Johan (which is already taken by a family member) Hendrik (ditto) and Theo. Theo we both actually REALLY like but it reminds us of two people that we really are not big fans of, and we’re not sure we can get over that.

My first thought was: Don’t give up on Theo! Not-so-hot name associations can sometimes be overridden when you give the name to a baby (who will mean a lot more to you than those two other people combined–a much stronger association). Doesn’t work for everyone, but has worked for some.

Because Liam is a take on William, maybe Henry for Hendrik, or Hans for Johan? I think “Liam and Henry” is especially cute.

Here are a few other boy names that might work (many are also found in Dutch):

Adam
Alexander/Alex
Benjamin
Caleb
Felix
Gabriel
Jacob
Jonas
Joseph
Max
Nathan
Nicholas
Noah
Owen
Paul
Philip/Filip
Robert/Robin
Samuel
Simon
Thomas

As far as middles for Eden go, I think I’d opt for something decidedly feminine:

Abigail
Amelia
Charlotte
Elizabeth
Felicia
Harriet*
Henrietta*
Johanna*
Katrina
Michelle
Olivia
Sabrina
Sophia
Theodora*

*Family-inspired

Which of the above names do you like best for Liam’s younger sibling? What other names would you suggest to Marg?

Changes in Baby Name Popularity from 2008 to 2009

Just like there were some ups and downs in the stock market yesterday, there were some ups and downs in baby name popularity between 2008 and 2009.

The SSA has published a handy pair of tables showing changes in baby name popularity. Only names that cracked the top 500 during either 2008 or 2009 were included, but still it’s a lot of useful information. Here are the biggest winners and losers in the group:

Boys Girls
Gains Cullen, +297
Jax, +266
King, +248
Emmett, +215
Colt, +164
Maliyah, +342
Isla, +273
Caylee, +251
Kinley, +214
Arabella, +209
Losses Alvin, -133
Marc, -106
Jonas, -105
Isiah, -91
Brett, -80
Marely, -517
Mylee, -420
Jaslene, -294
Allisson, -197
Haylie, -145

The numbers show the difference in ranking from 2008 to 2009. Cullen ranked 297 spots higher, for instance, so it became much more popular (no doubt thanks to Twilight). Alvin ranked 133 spots lower, on the other hand, so it became a lot less popular.