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Popular Maori Baby Names, 2015

According to the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs and the Maori Language Commission (Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori), the country’s most popular Maori names during the second half of 2014 and the first half of 2015 were Maia and Nikau.

Here are the top 10 Maori girl names and boy names of 2014/2015:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Maia
2. Manaia
3. Anahera
4. Ana
5. Aroha
6. Kaia
7. Hana
8. Ataahua
9. Tia
10. Kora
1. Nikau
2. Ari
3. Manaia
4. Wiremu
5. Kauri
6. Mikaere
7. Rawiri
8. Ihaia
9. Kai
10. Manaaki

The top 10 lists above are fairly different from the Maori baby name rankings of 2013. (I don’t believe a 2014 list was released.)

One confusing difference is the absence of Aria and Ariana. Were they reclassified as non-Maori? Otherwise, Aria and Ariana should have come in first and third on this list, given how popular they’ve been in New Zealand overall lately.

Also confusing is the fact that the rankings don’t refer to corresponding periods of time. The 2013 list covers April 2012 to March 2013, whereas the 2015 list covers July 2014 to June 2015.

Maia and Nikau weren’t among New Zealand’s top ten baby names of 2015, but they did appear in the top 100: Maia was ranked 34th for girls, Nikau 97th for boys.

Source: Most popular Maori baby names in 2015


Popular Baby Names in Ontario, 2015

According to early data from Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, the most popular baby names in the province in 2015 were Sophia/Sofia/Sofiya and Jackson/Jaxon/Jaxson/Jaxen/Jaxxon/Jaxyn.

Either that or they were simply Olivia and Liam again.

See, the province decided to pull a Malta this year and lump variant spellings together in the rankings.

Luckily, Ontario didn’t do away with the traditional list altogether, so let’s start there. Here are the projected top 10 girl and boy names of 2015.

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Olivia
2. Emma
3. Ava
4. Sophia
5. Charlotte
6. Emily
7. Abigail
8. Chloe
9. Isabella
10. Avery
1. Liam
2. Ethan
3. Noah
4. Benjamin
5. William
6. Jacob
7. Lucas
8. Mason
9. Logan
10. Alexander

According to this list, Olivia and Liam are still the #1 names, and Lucas dropped from #3 in 2014 to #7 in 2015.

Next, here’s the list of the top 10 girl and boy name-groups of 2015. From what I can tell, this list excludes names that didn’t have multiple spellings.

Girl Names
1. Sophia/Sofia/Sofiya
2. Emma/Ema
3. Ava/Avah
4. Emily/Emilie/Emilee
5. Maya/Mya/Maia/Myah/Maiya/Mayah
6. Chloe/Khloe
7. Abigail/Abbigail/Abbygail/Abigale/Abigael/Abygail
8. Isabella/IIzabella/Isabela/Izabela
9. Avery/Averie/Averi
10. Aria/Arya/Ariya/Aarya/Ariyah/Ariah
Boy Names
1. Jackson/Jaxon/Jaxson/Jaxen/Jaxxon/Jaxyn
2. Lucas/Lukas
3. Jacob/Jakob/Jakub/Jaycob
4. Mason/Mayson/Masen
5. Aiden/Aidan/Ayden/Aydin
6. Alexander/Aleksander/Alexsandar
7. Daniel/Daniyal/Danial
8. Muhammad/Mohammad/Mohamed/Mohammed/Muhammed/Mohamad
9. Nicholas/Nicolas/Nikolas/Nickolas
10. Aria/Arya/Ariya/Aarya/Ariyah/Ariah

(I’m not sure what #10 on the boys’ side is supposed to be; the person cutting and pasting the boy names over the girl names forgot that one.)

Finally, here’s the top-5 list that’s been circulating in the press. It’s a combination of the lists above.

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Sophia/Sofia/Sofiya
2. Olivia
3. Emma/Ema
4. Ava/Avah
5. Charlotte
1. Jackson/Jaxon/Jaxson/Jaxen/Jaxxon/Jaxyn
2. Liam
3. Lucas/Lukas
4. Jacob/Jakob/Jaycob
5. Ethan

The takeaway?

Olivia and Liam are still the most popular baby names…if you stick to the traditional ranking system.

If you lump variant spellings together, though, the Sophia-group beats Olivia, and the Jackson-group beats Liam.

For more sets of rankings, see the name rankings category. For Canada-specific rankings, see the Canada name rankings subcategory.

Sources: Sophia and Jackson are the Most Popular Baby Names in Ontario, Ontario’s Top 20 Baby Names

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 Maori Baby Names in New Zealand, 2013

New Zealand’s top Maori baby names of 2013 were announced last month.

According to the Department of Internal Affairs and the Maori Language Commission (Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori), the country’s most popular Maori names of 2013* were Aria and Nikau.

Here are the top 20 Maori girl names and Maori boy names of 2013:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Aria
2. Maia
3. Ariana
4. Anahera
5. Anika
6. Aroha
7. Kora
8. Tia
9. Kaia
10. Ana
11. Ria
12. Tiare
13. Mereana
14. Nia
15. Tui
16. Wikitoria
17. Hinewai
18. Mahi
19. Terina
20. Mareikura
1. Nikau
2. Ari
3. Wiremu
4. Niko
5. Tamati
6. Hemi
7. Nikora
8. Te Ariki
9. Rawiri
10. Tane
11. Mikaere
12. Manaia
13. Kahu
14. Tangaroa
15. Kauri
16. Ariki
17. Manaaki
18. Tama
19. Ihaia
20. Matiu

This is the second-ever official list of popular Maori names, and it’s very different from the first list (2012). Notably, half of the girl names and nearly half of the boy names above are brand new. Two of the newbie boy names, Ari and Niko, now rank 2nd and 4th respectively.

The only Maori name on the list of popular baby names in New Zealand (top 25 of 2013) is Aria, ranked 24th.

*Actually, they’re the top Maori names given during the “2012-2013 financial year,” so, between April 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013.

Source: Maori Language Week: Top Maori boys’ and girls’ names

Baby Born at Bible Study, Named for Pastor

Maia Taylor went into labor while attending Bible study at Living Water Community Worship Center in Gastonia, North Carolina, on Valentine’s Day, 2012.

She waited for paramedics to arrive in the pastor’s study, but when they arrived, her labor was too far along for her to be transported to the hospital. So she gave birth to a baby girl on the couch in the pastor’s study.

In honor of Pastor Andrea Gooding, she named her daughter Andrea Lenor Taylor.

Source: Pastor helps deliver baby girl in Gastonia church

Most Popular Maori Baby Names in NZ, 2012

A conversation with commenter elbowin a couple of weeks ago prompted me to do a bit of research on Maori names. And what did I stumble upon while doing that research? An official list of the top Maori baby names of 2012:

Baby Girl Names Baby Boy Names
1. Maia
2. Aria
3. Manaia
4. Anahera
5. Ataahua
6. Aroha
7. Tia
8. Ariana
9. Kaia
10. Kahurangi
11. Maraea
12. Waimarie
13. Tui
14. Amaia
15. Miriama
16. Awhina
17. Hana
18. Anika
19. Huia
20. Mareikura
1. Nikau
2. Wiremu
3. Kahurangi
4. Kauri
5. Nikora
6. Tane
7. Tamati
8. Rawiri
9. Anaru
10. Tai
11. Manaia
12. Tama
13. Mikaere
14. Te Ariki
15. Ariki
16. Te Koha
17. Hoani
18. Manawa
19. Tiare
20. Hemi

The list was created using data from the Births, Deaths and Marriages registry of NZ’s Department of Internal Affairs. How?

The results are for the first name given to nineteen thousand Maori babies (by descent) registered in 2012. The analysis found that Maori girls are more likely to be given Maori names.

So, they tallied up and ranked all the Maori names given to babies of Maori descent. (In case you’re wondering, 61,178 babies were born in New Zealand in 2012 and 33% of these babies were of Maori descent.)

I do wish the press release had included some raw numbers, or at least mentioned what percentage of Maori babies got Maori names in 2012. Because, without this information, there’s no way to know what sort of influence (if any) Maori babies getting Maori names had on the overall 2012 list.

For instance, the top two Maori girl names, Maia and Aria — which aren’t exclusively Maori in origin — ranked 30th and 38th nation-wide. Would they have ranked as well if they hadn’t been so popular among the Maori specifically?

Anyway…it’s a cool list, regardless. Thanks, elbowin, for all the thoughtful comments. :)

Sources: Top 20 Maori boys’ and girls’ names released, Births and Deaths: Year ended December 2012

How Do You Like Your Name, Maia?

Today’s interview is with Maia, a 40 year old from Montreal, Canada.

How did she get her name?

My parents had friends with a daughter named Mira, a name they both liked. Mira’s parents mentioned that another name they had considered was Maia. My parents were apparently instantly sold on it and that was that.

What does she like most about her name?

I love that my name is short and feminine without being over-the-top frilly. I love that it comes from Greek mythology, and that it works well cross-culturally. When I was growing up it was an unusual name, but not so unusual as to baffle people.

What does she like least about her name?

My name sometimes gets mispronounced as Mia, or confused with Maria, but this hasn’t been a major issue.

Would Maia recommend that her name be given to babies today?

Maya and Maia are now quite popular, and they fit into the larger trend of short, vowelly names like Lila, Ava, Mia, Ella etc., so I wouldn’t suggest Maia to parents who are looking for something really out of the ordinary. However, a little Maia would certainly not be out of place today and I’ve had many positive reactions to my name as far back as I can remember, so I’d recommend it based on that. It could also be an interesting choice as a middle name.

Thank you, Maia!

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