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Popularity of the Baby Name Mikael


Posts that Mention the Name Mikael

Popular Baby Names in Iceland, 2018

According to Registers Iceland, the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Embla and Aron.

Here are Iceland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Embla, 26 baby girls
  2. Emilía, 24
  3. Freyja, 23
  4. Hekla, 23
  5. Sara, 23
  6. Lilja, 21
  7. Hanna, 19
  8. Alexandra, 18
  9. Anna, 18
  10. Katla, 18

Boy Names

  1. Aron, 51 baby boys
  2. Alexander, 37
  3. Emil, 32
  4. Kári, 31
  5. Viktor, 31
  6. Óliver, 28
  7. Guðmundur, 27
  8. Jökull, 26
  9. Mikael, 25
  10. Jón, 23

Many of these names have equivalent English forms, but several do not, such as…

  • Embla – possibly based on the Old Norse word almr, meaning “elm.” Not to be confused with Engla.
  • Hekla – based on the Old Norse word hekla, meaning “cloak.” Also the name of an active volcano.
  • Katla – based on the Old Norse word ketill, meaning “(sacrificial) cauldron.”
  • Kári – based on the Old Norse word kárr, meaning either “curly (hair)” or “obstinate.”
  • Guðmundur – based on the Old Norse elements gud, meaning either “god” or “good,” and mund, meaning “protection.”
  • Jökull – means “glacier, ice” in Icelandic.

I didn’t post 2017 rankings for Iceland, but in 2016 the top two names were Emilía and Alexander.

Sources: Aron and Hekla Most Popular Baby Names, Aron And Hekla Iceland’s Most Popular Names Of 2018, Nafngjafir 2018 (January), Nafngjafir – leiðrétting (March), Nordic Names

Popular Baby Names in Iceland, 2016

According to Statistics Iceland, the most popular baby names in the country in 2016 were Emilía and Alexander.

Here are Iceland’s top 3 girl names and top 3 boy names of 2016:

Girl Names
1. Emilía
2. Emma
3. Elísabet

Boy Names
1. Alexander
2. Aron
3. Mikael

In 2014, the top two names were Margret and Aron.

“The most popular 200 names in Iceland are given names of around 80% of the population.”

In terms of middle names, the most common choice for girls is María and the top choice for boys is Þór (a form of Thor).

Source: Alexander and Emilia the most popular names for newborns

Finnish Baby Named After Donald Duck

Finnish professional golfers Minea Blomqvist and Roope Kakko welcomed their first child, a baby boy, back on the last day of March. They were going to name their son Elmeri Mikael, but right after he was born they threw in a third name: Aku, in honor of Donald Duck.

Huh?

Well, Donald Duck is something of a cultural icon in Finland, thanks to the much-loved, 60-year-old comic book Aku Ankka — that’s Donald Duck’s Finnish name. In fact, Aku Ankka is Finland’s most popular weekly publication.

The baby’s birth-date, 31 March (European style), immediately reminded Minea of Aku Ankka’s license plate, 313. So she and Roope added Aku to their son’s name, making it Elmeri Aku Mikael, nn Elmo.

Kinda fitting, as Roope and Minni (Minea’s nickname) are the Finnish names of Scrooge McDuck and Minnie Mouse.

Also, I should mention that Aku isn’t the Finnish form of Donald. Aku just goes well with ankka, the Finnish word for duck. Aku is short for Aukusti, the Finnish form of Augustus.

Sources: A baby boy for Minea Blomqvist, Fun with Google Translate, Minea Blomqvist tekee rankkaa paluuta viheriöille (Finnish), Aukusti – Behind the Name