According to INSEE (Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques), the most popular baby names in France in 2018 were Emma and Gabriel.
Here are France’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
- Emma, 4,369 baby girls
- Jade, 3,977
- Louise, 3,766
- Alice, 3,313
- Chloé, 3126
- Lina, 2,908
- Léa, 2798
- Rose, 2,720
- Anna, 2,603
- Mila, 2,581
- Gabriel, 5,419 baby boys
- Raphaël, 4591
- Léo, 4446
- Louis, 4415
- Lucas, 3979
- Adam, 3897
- Arthur, 3755
- Jules, 3698
- Hugo, 3686
- Maël, 3259
Two baby names that are trendy in France right now are Kylian and Aya — Kylian because of French soccer player Kylian Mbappé, and Aya because of French-Malian pop singer Aya Nakamura.
Strangely, I’ve never covered the French rankings before. I have posted about Paris a couple of times, though.
Sources: Classement des prénoms en France depuis 1900 – Insee, The ‘foreign’ baby name that’s still top of the charts in France
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:
- Eevi, 304 baby girls
- Sofia, 265
- Venla, 252
- Ella, 248
- Aino, 247
- Aada, 244
- Helmi, 237
- Emma, 230
- Olivia, 227
- Isla, 224
- Eeli, 404 baby boys
- Elias, 388
- Leo, 365
- Oliver, 330
- Eino, 317
- Väinö, 281
- Onni, 278
- Leevi, 245
- Niilo, 214
- 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)
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:
- Enzokuhle, 3,751 baby girls
- Melokuhle, 3,076
- Amahle, 2,856
- Okuhle, 2,389
- Lethabo, 2,364
- Omphile, 2,205
- Lesedi, 2,092
- Rethabile, 2,050
- Amogelang, 1,849
- Onthatile, 1,810
- Enzokuhle, 4,124 baby boys
- Lethabo, 3,137
- Melokuhle, 2,823
- Lubanzi, 2,801
- Junior, 2,181
- Siyabonga, 2,039
- Bokamoso, 1,988
- Omphile, 1,905
- Amogelang, 1,847
- 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
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:
- Anna – used for 869 baby girls (2.1%)
- Lena (2-way tie)
- Mia (2-way tie)
- Paul – used for 830 baby boys (1.9%)
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
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:
- Emma, 504 baby girls
- Mia, 445
- Sofia, 342
- Lea, 325
- Elena, 319
- Emilia, 307
- Mila, 301
- Anna, 299
- Laura, 277
- Lena, 275
- Liam, 446 baby boys
- Noah, 443
- Leon, 344
- Luca, 332
- Elias, 326
- Gabriel, 324
- Matteo, 313
- Louis, 301
- Ben, 281
- 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