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Popularity of the Baby Name Mila

Number of Babies Named Mila

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Mila

Popular Baby Names in Arizona, 2018

According to Arizona’s Department of Health Services, the most popular baby names in the state in 2018 were Emma and Liam.

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

Girl Names
1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Mia
4. Isabella
5. Sophia
6. Mila
7. Camila
8. Charlotte
9. Amelia
10. Emily

Boy Names
1. Liam
2. Noah
3. Sebastian
4. Oliver
5. Benjamin
6. Daniel
7. Mateo
8. Alexander
9. Julian
10. Elijah

In the girls’ top 10, Mila and Camila replace Ava (now 12th) and Evelyn (now 13th). Also notable: Luna is now sitting just outside the top 10, having jumped from 20th to 11th.

In the boys’ top 10, Mateo replaces Logan (now 16th).

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to mid-December.)

In 2017, the top names in Arizona were also Emma and Liam.

Source: Top Baby Names in Arizona 2018 Announced

Popular Baby Names in New Mexico, 2018

According to New Mexico’s Department of Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2018 were Isabella and Noah.

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

Girl Names
1. Isabella
2. Mia
3. Sophia
4. Olivia
5. Emma
6. Sofia
7. Ava
8. Amelia
9. Camila
10. Mila

Boy Names
1. Noah
2. Liam
3. Elijah
4. Logan
5. Mateo
6. Daniel
7. Mason
8. Sebastian
9. Benjamin
10. Julian

In the girls’ top 10, Sofia, Amelia, Camila, and Mila replace Aria, Emily, Aurora, and Charlotte.

In the boys’ top 10, Mason, Sebastian, Benjamin, and Julian replace Santiago, Ezekiel, Josiah, and Michael.

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to mid-December.)

In 2017, the top two names in New Mexico were Sophia and Noah.

Source: Top New Mexico Baby Names in 2018

Popular Baby Names in Belgium, 2017

According to data from Statistics Belgium, the country’s most popular baby names in 2017 were Emma and Liam.

Here are Belgium’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Emma, 634 baby girls
2. Olivia, 613
3. Louise, 595
4. Mila, 522
5. Alice, 423
6. Elise, 386
7. Lina, 375
8. Juliette, 364 (tie)
9. Sofia, 364 (tie)
10. Lucie, 350

Boy Names
1. Liam, 570 baby boys
2. Adam, 559
3. Arthur, 546
4. Noah, 545
5. Louis, 536
6. Lucas, 497
7. Jules, 462
8. Gabriel, 427
9. Victor, 422
10. Mohamed, 392

The #1 names within each of Belgium’s three regions were:

  • Brussels: Lina and Adam
  • Flanders: Louise and Liam
  • Wallonia: Emma and Gabriel

I forgot to post Belgium’s 2016 rankings, but in 2015 the top names overall were Emma and Louis.

Source: Prénoms filles et garçons

How to Name Fictional Characters

three tips on choosing a character name

How-to articles on naming fictional characters are a dime a dozen. But most are a litany of tips — some important, others not so much. So I thought I’d try boiling the best of the advice down to a single sentence. Here’s what I came up with:

“Each character’s name should fit the setting, fit the character, and be distinct within the story.”

The sentence contains three different objectives, so let’s look out each one separately:

Fit the setting

The name should be appropriate for the time and place in which the story occurs. A romance set in 18th-century England could be between an Elizabeth and a Frederick, but not a Nevaeh and a Jayden. Similarly, the protagonist of a 24th-century space opera could be named something standard/plain (John) or futuristic (Loxxan), but probably not something very old (Holmketill), or even slightly old (Clarence).

Fit the character

The name should suit the character, primarily in terms of permanent descriptors (e.g., gender, age, ethnicity), but also, perhaps, in terms of personality traits (e.g., bubbly, gracious, haughty).

Stereotyping in general is bad, but when it comes to character names, it’s very useful: You want the name to give the correct impression of the character right away. A woman from India should be named Padma, not Margaret. A man from Germany should be called Armin, not Oakley.

You could also take it a step further and choose a name that reflects the character’s personality in a subtle way. A friendly woman could be an Amy, while a complex woman could be Demetria. Do this mainly with sounds and associations, which will be picked up instantly by the reader.

Be distinct within the story

The name should not look or sound similar to any of the other names in the story, or else the reader could get confused. Pay special attention to first letters and to repeated sounds. If the protagonists are sisters, name them Mila and Harriet, not Katie and Kelly. Likewise, if the main characters are brothers, use the names Brian and Luke, not Aidan and Adam.

…What are your thoughts on this topic?

Popular Baby Names in Switzerland, 2017

According to data from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the most popular baby names in Switzerland in 2017 were Emma and Noah.

Here are the country’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Emma, 478 baby girls
2. Mia, 420
3. Sofia, 352
4. Lina, 311
5. Lena, 308
6. Lea, 306
7. Lara, 301
8. Emilia, 300
9. Nina, 287
10. Anna, 286

Boy Names
1. Noah, 490 baby boys
2. Liam, 434
3. Luca, 360
4. Leon, 347
5. Gabriel, 328
6. David, 314
7. Elias, 302
8. Samuel, 294
9. Matteo, 276
10. Ben, 273

In the girls’ top 10, Lina, Lea, and Nina replace Elena, Laura, and Mila.

In the boys’ top 10, Matteo and Ben replace Louis and Julian.

Here are the top baby names per gender within each of Switzerland’s main language groups:

  • German speakers (63% of the population)
    • Top 3 girl names: Mia, Emma, Emilia
    • Top 3 boy names: Noah, Leon, Luca
  • French speakers (23%)
    • Top 3 girl names: Emma, Lea, Chloe
    • Top 3 boy names: Gabriel, Liam, Noah
  • Italian speakers (8%)
    • Top 3 girl names: Sofia, Emma, Giulia
    • Top 3 boy names: Leonardo, Noah, Gabriel
  • Romansh speakers (less than 1%)
    • Top girl name: Angelina/Arina/Lina (3-way tie)
    • Top boy name: Gian/Laurin/Lio (3-way tie)

In 2016, the top names in the country overall were Mia and Noah.

Sources: Here are the most popular baby names in Switzerland, Vornamen der Neugeborenen