How popular is the baby name Saga in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Saga and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Saga.
According to data from the Population Register Center of Finland (Väestörekisterikeskus), the most popular baby names among Finnish speakers in 2015 were Venla and Leo.
Here are Finland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
|Baby Girl Names
||Baby Boy Names
1. Venla, 394 baby girls
2. Sofia, 346
3. Aada, 335
4. Aino, 331
5. Elsa, 326
6. Helmi, 325
7. Emma, 323
8. Eevi, 299
9. Ella, 297
10. Emilia, 262
1. Leo, 408 baby boys
2. Elias, 379
3. Onni, 361
4. Eino, 339
5. Oliver, 330
6. Niilo, 321
7. Väinö, 316
8. Eetu, 313
9. Leevi, 293
10. Daniel, 265
Elsa and Eevi replace Enni and Amanda in the girls’ top 10, and Daniel replaces Aleksi in the boys’ top 10. Venla, the new #1 name, rose from 7th place in 2014.
While about 85% of the babies accounted for were born to Finnish speakers, another 6% were born to Swedish speakers. Here are Finland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names among Swedish speakers specifically:
|Baby Girl Names
||Baby Boy Names
1. Ellen, 31 baby girls
2. Saga, 29
3. Amanda, 25
4. Elsa, 224
5. Ida, 21
6. Emma, 20
7. Stella, 19
8. Ebba, 17
9. Emilia, 16
10. Edith, 16
1. Emil, 43 baby boys
2. Oliver, 34
3. William, 32
4. Lucas, 28
5. Max, 26
6. Liam, 25
8. Noah, 24
9. Casper, 23
10. Axel, 22
Tied with Emilia and Edith were Olivia, Matilda and Minea; tied with Axel was Anton. Saga, the #2 girl name, ranked 4th in Sweden itself last year.
The Finnish Names Act (Nimilaki) allows babies to receive a maximum of three given names. The names must conform to Finnish orthography, reflect the correct gender, and not be “inappropriate” in any way.
Sources: Trending baby names in 2015: Venla and Ellen for girls, Leo and Emil for boys, Nimet – Väestörekisterikeskus (via Clare’s Name News), Finnish names still subject to law – how many and what kind
According to data from Statistics Sweden, the most popular baby names in Sweden in 2015 were Elsa and William.
Here are Sweden’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
1. Elsa, 872 baby girls
2. Alice, 847
3. Maja, 674
4. Saga, 671
5. Ella, 627
6. Lilly, 613
7. Olivia, 583
8. Ebba, 576
9. Wilma, 757
10. Julia, 574
1. William, 977 baby boys
2. Lucas, 802
3. Liam, 752
4. Oscar, 737
5. Elias, 732
6. Hugo, 711
7. Oliver, 709
8. Charlie, 664
9. Axel, 627
10. Vincent, 602
In the boys’ top 10, Axel replaces Alexander.
In the girls’ top 10, Saga, Ella and Wilma replace Agnes, Molly and Linnea.
The names in the top 100 that rose the fastest were:
- Lo, Saga, Hedvig, Julie, and Ronja for girls, and
- Kian, Henry, Love, Algot and Sam for boys.
The names in the top 100 that fell the fastest were:
- Hilda, Cornelia, Elvira, Felicia and Linn for girls, and
- Linus, Elvin, Rasmus, Felix and Jack for boys.
The sudden rise of Saga (from 21st to 4th) could be due to the popular Scandinavian TV show “The Bridge,” which features a character named Saga. But, as Maybe it is Daijirō (aka Maks) notes, the show has been around since 2011. Saga’s usage stayed relatively flat until 2014.
Also in 2015, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PVR) received 1,942 applications for adult name changes — a new national record. Znövit (Snow White), Lejontass (Lion paw) and Grön (green) were three of the new names requested last year. Sweden may be strict about names for babies, but name changes for adults are approved around 99% of the time.
Sources: Name statistics – Statistics Sweden, Swedes rush to ditch classic Nordic names
According to one Swedish news site, these are the ten “oddest” names in Sweden:
- Odd, meaning “point (of a weapon), spear.” Hundreds of men in Sweden are named Odd.
- Love, pronounced low-vay, meaning “fame” + “war” (via Lovis, via Louis, via Ludovicus, via Ludwig, etc.). Thousands of men and hundreds of women in Sweden are named Love.
- Björn, meaning “bear.” Tens of thousands of men in Sweden are named Björn.
- Lillemor, meaning “little mother.” No numbers given, but said to be “a common name in Sweden.” (This one can be traced back to a 19th-century Swedish folk song. Originally it was a pet name.)
- Tintin, a pet form of names ending with -tin. Hundreds of men and hundreds of women in Sweden are named Tintin.
- Axel, meaning “shoulder.” Tens of thousands of men in Sweden are named Axel.
- Stig, meaning “path” or “trail.” Tens of thousands of men in Sweden are named Stig.
- Jerker, pronounced yerr-kerr. Thousands of men in Sweden are named Jerker.
- Saga, meaning “fairytale.” Thousands of women in Sweden are named Saga.
- Ylva, meaning “(female) wolf.” Thousands of women in Sweden are named Ylva.
Ylva is one that I bet Northwestern name-seekers would like. Many of the distinctive baby names used in Oregon and Washington state are nature names, Nordic names, and/or names with uncommon letters; Ylva fits into all three of these categories.
Sources: Ten oddest Swedish names, Nordic Names, Lillemor – Wiktionary