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Popularity of the Baby Name Sara


Posts that Mention the Name Sara

Popular Baby Names in Croatia, 2019

According to Croatia’s Ministry of Public Administration, the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were Mia and Luka.

Here are Croatia’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Mia, 563 baby girls
  2. Ema, 409
  3. Lucija, 375
  4. Sara, 374
  5. Nika, 344
  6. Marta, 337
  7. Petra, 322
  8. Ana, 321
  9. Rita, 318
  10. Iva, 292

Boy Names

  1. Luka, 894 baby boys
  2. David, 568
  3. Jakov, 500
  4. Ivan, 482
  5. Petar, 431
  6. Matej, 360
  7. Karlo, 359
  8. Mateo, 355
  9. Roko (the Croatian form of Rocco), 352
  10. Borna (derived from a Slavic element meaning “fight, battle”), 347

I’ve never posted the Croatian rankings before, but one of my sources mentioned that the top two names (Mia and Luka) were the same in 2018.

Sources: The most popular baby names in Croatia in 2019, Most popular baby names in Croatia in 2019 revealed, Borna – Behind the Name

The Inception of Sway

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Angelina Jolie as Sara “Sway” Wayland

The word Sway popped up for the first time in the U.S. baby name data in 2001:

  • 2003: 14 baby girls and 5 baby boys named Sway
  • 2002: 12 baby girls named Sway
  • 2001: 8 baby girls named Sway [debut]
  • 2000: unlisted
  • 1999: unlisted

For a long time I assumed the main influence was MTV personality Sway Calloway. But, while I still think Sway had an influence on male usage, I’ve since discovered a much better explanation for the 2001 debut as a female name.

One of the main characters in the 2000 car heist film Gone in 60 Seconds was mechanic-slash-bartender Sara “Sway” Wayland (played by Angelina Jolie). She was the love interest of protagonist Randall “Memphis” Raines (played by Nicolas Cage), who was tasked with stealing 50 specific, expensive cars inside of 72 hours.

The film didn’t get great reviews, but I do remember appreciating the fact that each of the 50 cars was assigned a feminine code-name:

Mary, Barbara, Lindsey, Laura, Alma, Madeline, Patricia, Carol, Daniela, Stefanie, Erin, Pamela, Olga, Anne, Kate, Vanessa, Denise, Diane, Lisa, Nadine, Angelina, Rose, Susan, Tracey, Rachel, Bernadene, Deborah, Stacey, Josephine, Hillary, Kimberley, Renee, Dorothy, Donna, Samantha, Ellen, Gabriela, Shannon, Jessica, Sharon, Tina, Marsha, Natalie, Virginia, Tanya, Grace, Ashley, Cathy, Lynn, Eleanor

So, how do you feel about the name Sway? If you were having a baby girl, would you be more likely to name her something modern, like Sway, or something traditional, like Sara or Susan?

Sources: Gone in 60 Seconds (2000 film) – Wikipedia, Talk:Gone in 60 Seconds (2000 film) – Wikipedia

Popular Baby Names in Norway, 2019

According to Statistics Norway, the most popular baby names in Norway in 2019 were Emma and Jakob/Jacob.

Here are Norway’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Emma, 393 baby girls
  2. Nora/Norah, 379
  3. Sofie/Sophie, 326
  4. Ella, 319
  5. Olivia, 303
  6. Ada, 291
  7. Sofia/Sophia, 271
  8. Sara/Sarah/Zara, 265
  9. Maja/Maia/Maya, 260
  10. Ingrid, 258

Boy Names

  1. Jakob/Jacob, 423 baby boys
  2. Lucas/Lukas, 392
  3. Filip/Fillip/Philip/Phillip, 387
  4. Oskar/Oscar, 358
  5. Oliver, 353
  6. Emil, 347
  7. Henrik, 339
  8. William, 333
  9. Noah/Noa, 314
  10. Aksel/Axel, 311

In the girls’ top 10, Ada, Sofia/Sophia and Ingrid replace Emilie, Leah/Lea, and Amalie. (Ada may have gotten a boost from Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg.)

In the boys’ top 10, William replaces Elias.

In the capital city of Oslo, the top names were Mohammad and Nora.

In 2018, the top two names were Emma and Lucas/Lukas.

Sources: Navn – SSB, Dette var de mest populære navnene i 2019, The top 10 Norwegian baby names for boys and girls

Popular Baby Names in the Netherlands, 2019

According to the Netherlands’ Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB), the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were Emma and Noah.

Here are the Netherlands’ top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names (“Meisjesnamen”)

  1. Emma, 731 baby girls
  2. Mila, 671
  3. Sophie, 645
  4. Zoë, 644
  5. Julia, 630
  6. Tess, 596
  7. Sara, 593
  8. Anna, 586
  9. Evi, 530
  10. Saar, 516

Boy Names (“Jongensnamen”)

  1. Noah, 785 baby boys
  2. Daan, 717
  3. Lucas, 672
  4. Levi, 654
  5. Sem, 624
  6. Finn, 596
  7. Liam, 583
  8. James, 576
  9. Milan, 541
  10. Luuk, 533

In the girls’ top 10, Evi and Saar (a short form of Sarah) replace Eva and Noor/Nora.

In the boys’ top 10, Liam and James replace Bram and Mees.

In 2018, the top two names were Julia and Lucas.

Sources: De populairste meisjesnamen van 2019, De populairste jongensnamen van 2019