How popular is the baby name Alba in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Alba.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Alba


Posts that Mention the Name Alba

Popular baby names in Sweden, 2021

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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:

Girl Names

  1. Alice, 706 baby girls
  2. Maja, 681
  3. Vera, 674
  4. Alma, 667
  5. Selma, 660
  6. Elsa, 652
  7. Lilly, 625
  8. Ella, 606
  9. Astrid, 596
  10. Wilma, 586

Boy Names

  1. Noah, 745 baby boys
  2. William, 726
  3. Liam, 683
  4. Hugo, 679
  5. Lucas, 668
  6. Adam, 643
  7. Oliver, 635
  8. Matteo, 632
  9. Frans, 581
  10. Elias, 577

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.

Source: Name Statistics – SCB

Where did the baby name Griezmann come from?

French soccer player Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann

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]
  • 2015: unlisted
  • 2014: unlisted

Where did it come from?

French soccer player Antoine Griezmann (pronounced an-twahn gree-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.

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Image: Adapted from Antoine Griezmann – CdR – RM v ATL by DSanchez17 under CC BY 2.0.

Popular baby names in Belgium, 2020

According to data from Statistics Belgium, the country’s most popular baby names last year were Olivia and Arthur.

Here are Belgium’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Olivia, 548 baby girls
  2. Emma, 529
  3. Mila, 489
  4. Louise, 432
  5. Lina, 411
  6. Alice, 361
  7. Sofia, 359
  8. Mia, 353
  9. Anna, 350
  10. Juliette, 332

Boy Names

  1. Arthur, 587 baby boys
  2. Noah, 564
  3. Jules, 543
  4. Louis, 499
  5. Lucas, 467 (tie)
  6. Liam, 467 (tie)
  7. Adam, 443
  8. Victor, 412
  9. Gabriel, 384
  10. Mohamed, 345

In the girls’ top 10, Sofia and Mia replaced Elena and Lucie.

The boys’ top 10 includes the same names, but in a different order.

In the girls’ top 100, the names that saw the largest increases in usage were Alba (+142%), Capucine (+55%), and Lea (+45%).

In the boys’ top 100, the names that saw the largest increases were Otis (+68%), Oliver (+34%), and Charles (+31%).

In each of Belgium’s three main regions, the top baby names were…

  • Flanders (about 58% of the population): Olivia and Noah
  • Wallonia (about 32%): Emma and Gabriel
  • Brussels-Capital Region (about 11%): Sofia and Mohamed

Finally, here’s a selection of baby names that were given to just 5 babies each in Belgium last year:

Rare Girl NamesRare Boy Names
Aubane, Bibi, Célou, Diyana, Emmelien, Frauke, Hadia, Ianthe, Jitte, Kessy, Lumi, Minthe, Noussayba, Oana, Phéline, Rokaya, Sabina, Thilly, Vaiana, Ylana, ZinebAurian, Baziel, Camiel, Dalil, Elyan, Fabrice, Haris, Imraan, Jorik, Kabir, Leart, Maëlio, Nélio, Ole, Peter, Runar, Shimon, Tiesj, Virgile, Yllan, Zayi

In 2019, the top two names in Belgium were also Olivia and Arthur.

Sources: First names for boys and girls | Statbel, Demographics of Belgium – Wikipedia

Popular baby names in Spain, 2020

According to Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadistica (INE), the most popular baby names in the country last year were Lucia and Hugo.

Here are Spain’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Lucia, 3,432 baby girls
  2. Sofia, 3,190
  3. Martina, 3,042
  4. Maria, 2,839
  5. Julia, 2,436
  6. Paula, 2,201
  7. Valeria, 2,167
  8. Emma, 2,119
  9. Daniela, 2,015
  10. Carla, 1,831

Boy Names

  1. Hugo, 3,313 baby boys
  2. Mateo, 3,248
  3. Martin, 3,144
  4. Lucas, 3,024
  5. Leo, 2,823
  6. Daniel, 2,592
  7. Alejandro, 2,525
  8. Manuel, 2,411
  9. Pablo, 2,400
  10. Alvaro, 2,070

In the girls’ top 10, Carla replaced Alba.

The boys’ top 10 includes the same 10 names, but in a different order.

In 2019, the top names were also Lucia and Hugo.

Source: Apellidos y nombres más frecuentes – INEbase

Popular baby names in Spain, 2019

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:

Girl Names

  1. Lucia, 3,621 baby girls
  2. Sofia, 3,505
  3. Martina, 3,172
  4. Maria, 3,165
  5. Julia, 2,600
  6. Paula, 2,498
  7. Emma, 2,362
  8. Daniela, 2,315
  9. Valeria, 2,248
  10. Alba, 2,097

Boy Names

  1. Hugo, 3,536 baby boys
  2. Martin, 3,256
  3. Lucas, 3,185
  4. Mateo, 3,160
  5. Leo, 2,960
  6. Daniel, 2,958
  7. Alejandro, 2,937
  8. Pablo, 2,868
  9. Manuel, 2,460
  10. Alvaro, 2,279

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).

Sources: First name of newborns – INEbase, Markel – Behind the Name