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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:
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.
A reader named Debra would like some help naming baby número três:
We are just not finding THE name. I’m American, husband is Portuguese and we live in the states. We have two boys; Diogo and Cruz. I am due any day with #3 a GIRL. We definitely want a Portuguese name.
Our criteria…the name needs to be relatively easy for Americans to pronounce. Don’t want a name in the top 100 in the states. I prefer names that aren’t automatically shortened to nn – Debra to Debbie, Kimberly to Kim. I don’t usually care for names that end with the “e” sound, ex. Zoe. The name should be beautiful and sophisticated, more than cute.
I really like Sofia and Isabel, but they are just too popular in the U.S. right now. Other names we like are Beatriz (too hard to properly pronounce in US?), and Mara.
Please help us. I’d love to have a name before she is born! I’m 38 weeks today!
I think Mara would be a great choice, based on the criteria. Here are some other names that might also work:
Sílvia (good alternative to Sofia?)
Do you like any of the above for the baby sister of Diogo and Cruz? What other (preferably Portuguese) names would you suggest to Debra?
A reader named Martha recently e-mailed me:
Hello! I am Peruvian and my husband is American of English/French descent. We are looking for a name for our baby girl that will travel well. We plan on living in both countries and our household and families are bilingual. We love the name Olive, but fear it does not sound good in Spanish.
I think Dora and Rosa match the simple, old-fashioned style of Olive quite well. I also think these names could work:
What do you think about the names above? What other names would you suggest?
P.S. The baby’s surname will be a 2-syllable Y-name of English origin.
Update, 6/6: Scroll down to the last comment to find out which name Martha chose…