Top baby names in Germany, 2022

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Flag of Germany

The country of Germany is located in Central Europe and bordered by nine other countries (including Poland, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, and Denmark).

Last year, Germany welcomed roughly 739,000 babies.

What were the most popular names among these babies? We don’t know for sure, because Germany (like Japan) doesn’t release official baby name rankings. But two unofficial sets of rankings agree that Germany’s top baby names of 2022 were likely Emilia and Noah.

Here are the sources of the two sets of rankings:

  • The Society for the German Language (GfdS), which obtained data from more than 750 German registry offices. This data accounts for over 92% of all the first names bestowed in Germany in 2022.
  • Name researcher Knud Bielefeld, who obtained data from registry offices and maternity hospitals in 423 German cities. His data accounts for about 34% of all the babies born in Germany in 2022.

On both lists, differently spelled versions of the same name were combined.

Let’s start with the Society for the German Language (GfdS) list.

Girl Names (GfdS)

  1. Emilia
  2. Sophia/Sofia
  3. Emma
  4. Mia
  5. Hannah/Hanna
  6. Lina
  7. Mila
  8. Ella
  9. Clara/Klara
  10. Marie

Boy Names (GfdS)

  1. Noah
  2. Matteo/Mateo/Mattheo/Matheo
  3. Leon
  4. Finn
  5. Paul
  6. Elias
  7. Emil
  8. Luca/Luka
  9. Louis/Luis
  10. Henry/Henri

And now, Bielefeld’s list.

Girl Names (Bielefeld)

  1. Emilia
  2. Mia
  3. Sophia
  4. Emma
  5. Hannah
  6. Lina
  7. Mila
  8. Ella
  9. Leni
  10. Clara

Boy Names (Bielefeld)

  1. Noah
  2. Matteo
  3. Elias
  4. Finn
  5. Leon
  6. Theo
  7. Paul
  8. Emil
  9. Henry
  10. Ben

Bielefeld also noted that the boy name Nelio was on the rise thanks to German influencer Dagi Bee (birth name: Dagmar Ochmanczyk), who welcomed a son named Nelio in December of 2021.


Image: Adapted from Flag of Germany (public domain)

3 thoughts on “Top baby names in Germany, 2022

  1. It may just be due to the growing international trendiness of Matteo/Mateo. In 2021, either Matteo or Mateo was a top-20 name in various European countries, including Italy, Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Croatia, Spain, and Switzerland.

    Similar to the way Liam has overtaken William (and local forms of William) in several countries recently.

    But this is just a guess. If anyone out there has a better explanation, please leave a comment!

  2. That reminds me – – I was looking at a list of babies born last month and one of them was named Liam William. Stupidity should be painful. At least they’re both nice names, I guess; I’d rather be Liam William than Remington Colt or Maverick Bentley, that’s for sure.

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