According to Brazil’s Transparência do Registro Civil (part of Arpen-Brasil), the most popular baby names in the country in 2021 were Helena and Miguel.
Here are the Brazil’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2021:
Helena, 21,890 baby girls
Maria Alice, 14,677
Maria Clara, 10,980
Maria Cecília, 10,850
Maria Julia, 10,235
Miguel, 28,301 baby boys
João Miguel, 13,254
The swift rise of Gael is notable. In 2019, Gael wasn’t even in the boys’ top 50. But the name shot up to 10th place in 2020, then jumped to 3rd in 2021. (Anyone out there have any theories about the sudden trendiness of Gael in Brazil?)
In 2020, the top two names were also Helena and Miguel. In 2019, they were Enzo Gabriel and Maria Eduarda.
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.