- 2016: 245 baby boys named Neymar [rank: 891st]
- 2015: 294 baby boys named Neymar [rank: 793rd]
- 2014: 499 baby boys named Neymar [rank: 551st]
- 2013: 377 baby boys named Neymar [rank: 649th]
- 2012: 338 baby boys named Neymar [rank: 704th]
- 2011: 190 baby boys named Neymar
- 2010: 19 baby boys named Neymar
- 2009: unlisted
- 2008: unlisted
What made the name Neymar so trendy during the first half of the 2010s?
Mononymous Brazilian soccer player Neymar (pronounced NAY-mar), widely regarded as one of the best footballers in the world.
Neymar made his professional debut as a teenager in 2009, playing for Santos F.C. in Brazil. He helped the team win the Libertadores Cup in 2011, and he was named South American Footballer of the Year in both 2011 and 2012.
On the international stage, he participated in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where Brazil earned a silver medal. He helped Brazil win the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, after which he was awarded both the Golden Ball (as the tournament’s most valuable player) and the Bronze Boot (for being its third-highest scorer). Though he wasn’t able to lead Brazil to victory in the 2014 FIFA World Cup — after fracturing a vertebra during the quarterfinals, he couldn’t play in the last two games — he was still one of the highest scorers of the tournament.
So how did Neymar (born Neymar da Silva Santos) come to have his unusual first name? It was passed down from his father, Neymar Sr., who was also a professional footballer. Neymar Sr.’s father was named Ilzemar; “Ilzemar” could be where the mar element of “Neymar” came from.
What are your thoughts on the name Neymar? Do you like it more or less than, say, Nomar?