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A few weeks ago, Italy finally released baby name rankings for 2015. According to the data from Istat (Istituto nazionale di statistica), the most popular baby names in the country last year were Sofia and Francesco.
Here are Italy’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
1. Sofia, 7,191 baby girls
2. Aurora, 6,687
3. Giulia, 6,222
4. Giorgia, 4,099
5. Alice, 3,845
6. Martina, 3,743
7. Emma, 3,690
8. Greta, 3,676
9. Chiara, 3,516
10. Anna, 3,322
1. Francesco, 8,763 baby boys
2. Alessandro, 6,708
3. Mattia, 6,402
4. Lorenzo, 6,389
5. Leonardo, 6,144
6. Andrea, 6,047
7. Gabriele, 5,469
8. Matteo, 4,941
9. Tommaso, 4,386
10. Riccardo, 4,351
In the girls’ top 10, Anna replaces Sara, and Alice jumps from 10th to 5th.
The boys’ top 10 is essentially the same, the biggest move being Mattia rising from 6th to 3rd.
Francesco has been on top since 2001, but it became even more popular in 2013 after Pope Francis was elected.
Here are a few more names from within the top 50:
- Girl names: Ginevra (12th), Gaia (13th), Ludovica (32nd), Ilaria (46th)
- Boy names: Nicolò (22nd), Simone (24th), Gioele (37th), Nicola (46th)
Nicolò is pronounced nee-ko-LO, whereas Nicola is pronounced nee-KO-lah. The feminine versions of the name are Nicoletta and Nicolina.
Finally, here are the top baby names among foreigners (mainly from Romania, Morocco, Albania and China) living in Italy:
Intriguingly, Kevin was ranked 8th for boys and 1st (!) among both the Albanians and the Chinese. I mentioned Kevinismus in last week’s Senga post and already it’s coming to mind again…
Sources: How many babies are named…? – Istat, These are the most popular Italian baby names, Births and fertility among the resident population (pdf)
Malta’s top baby names of 2015 have been out for months now, but the latest data still isn’t available on the government’s Naming Babies page, so I can’t give you the official rankings.
The best I can do is this quote from a recent Times of Malta article:
Amy, Ella, Leah, Maya, Valentina, Emma, Martina, Jade, Julia, Elisa and Elena are among the most popular for girls […] Luca, Matthias, Adam, Ben, Benjamin, Beppe, Alexander, Thomas, Zack, Liam, Luke and Noah are among the most popular for boys.
The article also mentioned many of the less common names bestowed in Malta in 2015, including:
- Alix (the Maltese version of Alex)
- Delyth (“which in Welsh means neat and pretty, but when read with a Maltese pronunciation it means, err, murder”)
- Jack Daniel (similar to this guy)
- Massa (“after Felipe Massa, the Brazilian Formula One driver”)
- Mixhal (the Maltese version of Michelle)
- Tenishia (“after the internationally renowned Maltese DJ duo”)
- Xemx (the Maltese word for “sun,” pronounced shemsh)
Malta’s top names of 2014 were Elena and Luke (more or less).
Source: Hi, Jack Daniel, It’s me, Xemx – Malta’s list of baby names
Avast! Did you know that today is Talk Like a Pirate Day?
“Arrr” itself doesn’t make a great name — even for pirates — but here’s the next best thing: over 120 names that feature the “ar”-sound.
Which of the “ar”-names above do you like best? Did I miss any good ones?
(Image from Pixabay)
Putres and Nihal Yacoub of Melbourne, Australia, welcomed triplets in July. They now have a total of nine children, each with an M-name:
- Michael, 12 years old
- Marina, 10
- Martin, 9
- Marvin, 7
- Martina, 6
- Miguel, 4
- Mario, 1 month
- Mary, 1 month
- Mina, 1 month
Nihal said that she and her husband (both originally from Iraq) stuck with M-names simply because they started with Michael and Marina “and then kept going.”
I find it very interesting that they chose both Martin and Martina and also both Michael and Miguel.
So let’s say Nihal were going to have a 10th baby and she wanted you to choose the name. What one boy name and one girl name would you suggest?
Source: Royal Women’s Hospital triplets brings Yacoub family to 11 (found via Voornamelijk)
According to data from Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadistica (INE), the most popular baby names in Spain in 2015 were Lucia and Hugo.
Here are Spain’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
1. Lucia, 5,229 baby girls
2. Maria, 4,516
3. Martina, 4,447
4. Paula, 3,854
5. Sofia, 3,525
6. Daniela, 3,392
7. Alba, 3,082
8. Julia, 3,006
9. Carla, 2,951
10. Sara, 2,936
1. Hugo, 5,162 baby boys
2. Daniel, 4,578
3. Pablo, 4,202
4. Martin, 4,078
5. Alejandro, 3,994
6. Adrian, 3,341
7. Alvaro, 3,244
8. David, 2,993
9. Lucas, 2,904
10. Mario, 2,825
Lucia has held the #1 spot since 2003, and Hugo since 2012.
In the girls’ top 10, Alba rises 3 spots, and Julia replaces Valeria (now 11th).
In the boys’ top 10, Martin rises 4 spots, and Lucas replaces Diego (now 11th).
In the top 100, Miguel and Jose rank 23rd and 38th, respectively, while the compound names Miguel Angel and Jose Antonio rank 86th and 94th, respectively.
Other interesting names in the top 100 include…
- Laia, 34th for girls. It’s a short form of Eulalia in Catalan. Laia ranks 3rd for girls in Catalonia specifically.
- Leire and Leyre, 39th and 50th for girls. They refer to the Monastery of San Salvador of Leyre in Navarre. Leyre ranks 10th in Navarre specifically.
- Nerea, 46th for girls. It’s based on the Basque word nere, meaning “my” or “mine” — kind of like a Basque version of Mia.
- Triana, 38th for girls. Perhaps inspired by the Triana neighborhood of Seville…?
- Iria, 69th for girls. It might be a form of Irene, based on the Ancient Greek word for “peace.” The Marian apparitions of Fátima occurred at the Cova da Iria.
- Biel, 71st for boys. It’s a short form of Gabriel in Catalan. Biel ranks 5th for boys in Catalonia specifically.
- Ibai, 99th for boys. It’s the Basque word for “river.” It ranks 4th in both Navarre and the Basque Country.
Here are Spain’s 2014 rankings, if you’d like to compare.
Sources: Hugo and Lucia are top choice for Spanish infants, Instituto Nacional de Estadistica
According to data from Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, the most popular baby names in Spain in 2014 were Lucia and Hugo.
Here are Spain’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2014:
1. Lucia, 5,161 baby girls
2. Maria, 4,951
3. Martina, 4,380
4. Paula, 4,210
5. Daniela, 3,792
6. Sofia, 3,568
7. Valeria, 3,246
8. Carla, 3,138
9. Sara, 3,116
10. Alba, 3,111
1. Hugo, 5,121 baby boys
2. Daniel, 4,859
3. Pablo, 4,494
4. Alejandro, 4,116
5. Alvaro, 3,670
6. Adrian, 3,463
7. David, 3,376
8. Martin, 3,181
9. Mario, 3,067
10. Diego, 3,000
Alba (was 11th) replaces Julia (now 11th) in the girls’ top 10.
Martin (was 20th) replaces Javier (now 11th) in the boys’ top 10.
Here are the 2013 baby names rankings for Spain, if you’d like to compare.
And, just for fun, let’s also check out the nearly 5 million foreign nationals living in Spain. The most common first names among expats (grouped by nation of origin) are:
|Female Expat Names
||Male Expat Names
1. Fatima (Morocco), 18,493 females
2. Maria (Romania), 12,547
3. Elena (Romania), 10,629
4. Khadija (Morocco), 8,339
5. Mariana (Romania), 7,535
6. Mihaela (Romania), 6,050
7. Ana Maria (Romania), 5,265
8. Aicha (Morocco), 5,208
9. Naima (Morocco), 4,963
10. Daniela (Romania), 4,823
1. Mohamed (Moroccan), 40,658 males*
2. Mohammed (Moroccan), 19,401
3. Ahmed (Moroccan), 15,003
4. Said (Moroccan), 9,513
5. Gheorghe (Romanian), 9,399
6. Vasile (Romanian), 9,045
7. Ioan (Romanian), 9,035
8. Rachid (Moroccan), 8,956
9. Youssef (Moroccan), 8,583
10. Mustapha (Moroccan), 7,468
*The total for Mohamed is even higher when you factor in the 2,436 Mohameds that came from Algeria.
Sources: Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, And the most common expat name in Spain is…
According to data from the Balearic Institute of Statistics (Ibestat), the most popular baby names in the Balearic Islands (an archipelago that belongs to Spain) in 2013 were Maria and Marc.
Here are the Balearic Islands’ top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2013:
1. Maria, 113 baby girls (2.2%)
2. Julia, 102 (1.99%)
3. Carla, 100 (1.95%)
1. Marc, 157 baby boys (2.91%)
2. Pau, 106 (1.97%)
3. Hugo, 102 (1.89%)
Maria and Marc were also the #1 names on the islands of Mallorca (which hosts about 80% of the population) and Menorca (9%). On Ibiza (11%), the winners were Martina and Hugo. On Formentera (1%), the winners were Lucia and Aitor — a name invented by Basque writer Agosti Xaho in the mid-19th century.
Here are Spain’s top baby names overall for 2013, if you’d like to compare.
Sources: Most chosen baby names in Mallorca, Nombres mas frecuentes – Ibestat