Popular Baby Names in Finland, 2018

According to the Population Register Centre of Finland (Väestörekisterikeskus), the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Eevi and Eeli.

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

Girl Names

  1. Eevi, 304 baby girls
  2. Sofia, 265
  3. Venla, 252
  4. Ella, 248
  5. Aino, 247
  6. Aada, 244
  7. Helmi, 237
  8. Emma, 230
  9. Olivia, 227
  10. Isla, 224

Boy Names

  1. Eeli, 404 baby boys
  2. Elias, 388
  3. Leo, 365
  4. Oliver, 330
  5. Eino, 317
  6. Väinö, 281
  7. Onni, 278
  8. Leevi, 245
  9. Niilo, 214
  10. Noel, 207

In the girls’ top 10, Olivia and Isla replace Lilja, Elli, and Enni. (Two replace three because there was a tie for 10th last year.)

In the boys’ top 10, Eeli — which wasn’t even in the top 10 in 2017 — replaces Eetu. My best guess on the sudden popularity of Eeli is young hockey player Eeli Tolvanen (EY-leh TOLL-vah-nen).

Among Finland’s Swedish-speakers (between 5% and 6% of the total population) the top baby names were Saga and William.

And in 2017, the top names in Finland overall were Aino and Leo.

Sources: Eevi ja Eeli ovat vuoden 2018 suosikkinimet, Nimet – Väestörekisterikeskus, Etunimitilasto 2018 suomenkieliset (PDF)

Popular Baby Names in South Africa, 2018

According to Statistics South Africa, the most popular baby name in the country last year — for both baby boys and baby girls — was (again) Enzokuhle.

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

Girl Names

  1. Enzokuhle, 3,751 baby girls
  2. Melokuhle, 3,076
  3. Amahle, 2,856
  4. Okuhle, 2,389
  5. Lethabo, 2,364
  6. Omphile, 2,205
  7. Lesedi, 2,092
  8. Rethabile, 2,050
  9. Amogelang, 1,849
  10. Onthatile, 1,810

Boy Names

  1. Enzokuhle, 4,124 baby boys
  2. Lethabo, 3,137
  3. Melokuhle, 2,823
  4. Lubanzi, 2,801
  5. Junior, 2,181
  6. Siyabonga, 2,039
  7. Bokamoso, 1,988
  8. Omphile, 1,905
  9. Amogelang, 1,847
  10. Thato, 1,808

In the girls’ top 10, Okuhle and Onthatile replace Luthando and Thandolwethu.

In the boys’ top 10, Omphile and Thato replace Bandile and Mpho.

And, looking at middle names, the top three choices per gender are exactly the same as the year before:

  • Girls: Precious, Princess, Angel
  • Boys: Junior, Blessing, Gift

Source: P0305 – Recorded live births, 2018 – Stats SA, Most popular baby names in South Africa in 2018, Revealed: The most popular baby names in SA

Popular Baby Names in Austria, 2018

According to Statistics Austria, the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Anna and Paul.

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

Girl Names

  1. Anna – used for 869 baby girls (2.1%)
  2. Emma
  3. Laura
  4. Marie
  5. Lena (2-way tie)
  6. Mia (2-way tie)
  7. Emilia
  8. Sophia
  9. Johanna
  10. Valentina

Boy Names

  1. Paul – used for 830 baby boys (1.9%)
  2. David
  3. Jakob
  4. Maximilian
  5. Felix
  6. Elias
  7. Alexander
  8. Lukas
  9. Leon
  10. Tobias

In the girls’ top 10, Valentina replaces Sophie.

In the boys’ top 10, Leon replaces Jonas.

And in 2017, the two top names in the country were Anna and Maximilian.

Source: First Names of newborn babies 2018

Popular Baby Names in Switzerland, 2018

According to data from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the most popular baby names in Switzerland in 2018 were Emma and Liam.

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

Girl Names

  1. Emma, 504 baby girls
  2. Mia, 445
  3. Sofia, 342
  4. Lea, 325
  5. Elena, 319
  6. Emilia, 307
  7. Mila, 301
  8. Anna, 299
  9. Laura, 277
  10. Lena, 275

Boy Names

  1. Liam, 446 baby boys
  2. Noah, 443
  3. Leon, 344
  4. Luca, 332
  5. Elias, 326
  6. Gabriel, 324
  7. Matteo, 313
  8. Louis, 301
  9. Ben, 281
  10. David, 265

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

In the boys’ top 10, Louis replaces Samuel.

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

  • German speakers (63% of the population)
    • Top 3 girl names: Mia, Emma, Lea
    • Top 3 boy names: Noah, Leon, Elias
  • French speakers (23%)
    • Top 3 girl names: Emma, Alice, Eva
    • Top 3 boy names: Liam, Gabriel, Arthur
  • Italian speakers (8%)
    • Top 3 girl names: Sofia, Alice, Emily
    • Top 3 boy names: Leonardo, Liam, Alessandro
  • Romansh speakers (less than 1%)
    • Top girl name: Chiara, Clara, Emilia, Gianna, Hanna, Joana, Lana, Lara, Lena, Lenia, Lia, Mara (at least a 10-way tie)
    • Top boy name: Alessio, Laurin, Liam, Men (4-way tie)

In 2017, the top names in the country overall were Emma and Noah.

Sources: Vornamen der Neugeborenen – Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Not a Heidi in sight: The most popular Swiss baby names in 2018 – The Local

Popular Baby Names in England and Wales, 2018

According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), the most popular baby names in England and Wales last year were again Olivia and Oliver.

Here are the top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Olivia, 4,598 baby girls
  2. Amelia, 3,941
  3. Ava, 3,110
  4. Isla, 3,046
  5. Emily, 2,676
  6. Mia, 2,490
  7. Isabella, 2,369
  8. Sophia, 2,344
  9. Ella, 2,326
  10. Grace, 2,301

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 5,390 baby boys
  2. George, 4,960
  3. Harry, 4,512
  4. Noah, 4,107
  5. Jack, 3,988
  6. Leo, 3,721
  7. Arthur, 3,644
  8. Muhammad, 3,507
  9. Oscar, 3,459
  10. Charlie, 3,365

In the girls’ top ten, Sophia and Grace replace Poppy (now in 11th place) and Lily (now 13th).

In the boys’ top ten, Arthur replaces Jacob (now 11th).

In the girls’ top 100, Ada, Delilah, Ayla, Zoe, Margot and Felicity replace Darcey, Darcy, Julia, Leah, Megan and Victoria.

In the boys’ top 100, Grayson, Jasper, Rowan, Tobias, Sonny and Dominic replace Austin, Ibrahim, Lewis, Nathan and Tyler.

And, finally, here’s an interesting fact: “Less than half (45%) of babies had a name within the top 100 lists in 2018, down from two thirds (67%) in 1996.”

Source: Baby names in England and Wales: 2018