According to Statistics Sweden, the most popular baby names in the country last year were Alice and Noah.
Here are Sweden’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2021:
Alice, 706 baby girls
Noah, 745 baby boys
In the girls’ top 10, Vera and Lilly replaced Olivia and Freja.
In the boys’ top 10, Frans — which jumped to 9th place from 27th the year before — replaced Oscar.
The names in Sweden’s top 100 that rose the fastest from 2020 to 2021 were Alba and Ted. (The previous fastest-rising male name, Björn, was second-fastest this time around.) The names that saw the steepest drops in usage were Ronja and Vincent.
In 2020, the top two names were also Alice and Noah.
The unusual name Griezmann debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 2016:
2018: 11 baby boys named Griezmann
2017: 11 baby boys named Griezmann
2016: 6 baby boys named Griezmann [debut]
Where did it come from?
French soccer player Antoine Griezmann (pronounced an-twahngree-ez-man).
Though he was born and raised in France, he has strong affiliations with several European countries: his father’s family came from Germany, his mother’s family from Portugal, and he “was brought up as a footballer in Spain” (from the age of 13 onward).
He has been playing professionally since 2009, but garnered a lot of attention in 2016 specifically while playing for Atlético Madrid. That year, he won two La Liga awards — for best player and fan favorite — and was nominated for both the Ballon d’Or and Best FIFA Men’s Player.
He was also chosen to play for France in the UEFA Euro 2016. Though France was defeated by Portugal in the final, Griezmann was named Player of the Tournament and won the Golden Boot (for most goals scored). He was later declared French Player of the Year.
Griezmann’s Germanic surname, originally spelled Griesmann, could be related to the Middle High German word griez, meaning “sand” (in reference to a person who lived in a sandy location), or the Middle Low German word gris, meaning “gray” (in reference to a gray-haired person).
What are your thoughts on Griezmann as a first name?
P.S. I don’t usually publish data-based posts on Fridays, but I felt compelled to publish this one today because all three of Griezmann’s children — Mia, Amaro, and Alba — were born on April 8th (in 2016, 2019, and 2021, respectively). His son was named after his maternal grandfather, Amaro Lopes, who played professional soccer in Portugal before immigrating to France in the 1950s.
According to Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were (again) Lucia and Hugo.
Here are Spain’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:
Lucia, 3,621 baby girls
Hugo, 3,536 baby boys
Both top 10 lists include the same 10 names as the year before, but in a different order.
The top names in the Basque Country specifically were Ane and Markel. (Ane is a form of Anna, whereas Markel comes from the Roman name Martialis.)
And did you know that Spain has two autonomous cities on the coast of Africa? They’re Melilla and Ceuta. The top names in Melilla were Amira/Nour (tie) and Mohamed, while the top names in Ceuta were Yasmin and Amir/Mohamed (tie).