According to The Malta Independent, the most popular names in the country in 2017 were Emma and Luca.
Here are Malta’s top 3 girl names and top 3 boy names of 2017:
1. Emma, 57 baby girls
2. Ella, 45
3. Amy, 41
1. Luca, 54 baby boys
2. Ben, 42
3. Liam, 40
In the girl’s top three, Amy replaces Leah. In the the boys’ top three, Ben replaces Jake.
The rise of Ben can be attributed to Maltese actor/model Ben Camille, who has a reality TV show called Benjamin, “the first of its kind in Malta’s broadcasting history.”
The top two names were the same in both 2016 and 2015.
Sources: Emma and Luca most common baby names of 2017, for third year in a row, The Ultimate Proof That Ben Camille Is Actually The Most Influential Person In Malta Right Now
Image: “Costa Coffee Spinola Bay” © 2016 ben.camille