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The landlocked country of Armenia is located in Western Asia and bordered by Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Iran.
Last year, Armenia welcomed over 36,600 babies — about 17,600 girls and about 19,000 boys.
What were the most popular names among these babies?
Nare and Davit.
Here are Armenia’s top 50 girl names and top 50 boy names of 2021:
Nare, 758 baby girls – a diminutive of Narine (which ranked 49th) Maria, 635 Arpi, 540 Mane, 493 Angelina, 444 Marie, 402 Yeva, 396 Mariam, 357 Anahit, 338 – an Armenian goddess (related to the Persian goddess Anahita) Anna, 305 Sofi, 302 Ani, 294 Ellen, 284 Milena, 279 Lyusie, 277 Eva, 263 Ariana, 259 Adriana, 247 Luse, 245 Tatev, 237 – from the name of the Tatev monastery Yana, 231 Gayane, 226 Nane, 224 – an Armenian goddess Milla, 202 Arina, 193 Emily, 187 Elina, 186 (tie) Sona, 186 (tie) Lilit, 176 Natalie, 170 Sarah, 160 Amelie, 155 Hasmik, 153 – means “jasmine” in Armenian Lia, 152 Arevik, 148 Mary, 146 Susanna, 136 Viktoria, 134 Monika, 130 Gohar, 123 Karina, 112 Lili, 100 Sofia, 98 Karine, 92 Lusine, 89 (tie) – based on the Armenian word lusin, meaning “moon” Anush, 89 (tie) – means “sweet” in Armenian Lucy, 88 Sofya, 83 (tie) Narine, 83 (tie) Astghik, 82 – an Armenian goddess whose name is a diminutive of the Old Armenian word for “star”
Davit, 1,275 baby boys Narek, 859 Monte, 647 Tigran, 584 – a form of Tigranes, the name of several ancient Armenian kings Areg, 564 Hayk, 550 Mark, 507 Michael, 448 Alex, 385 Aren, 355 Armen, 346 Robert, 339 Daniel, 326 Gor, 323 Arthur, 321 Aram, 318 Leo, 310 Hovhannes, 303 Samvel, 298 Alen, 287 Ashot, 255 (tie) Arman, 255 (tie) Levon, 252 Erik, 232 Gevorg, 219 Gagik, 213 Vahe, 209 Arsen, 195 Sargis, 186 Artiom, 176 Vardan, 154 Karen, 152 – In Armenia, Karen is a male name! (Tell that to the manager!) It’s a short form of the Armenian name Garegin/Karekin. Avet, 150 Albert, 126 Andranik, 118 Van, 116 – possibly from the name of Lake Van…? Suren, 115 Raphael, 110 Max, 105 Ruben, 100 (tie) Hakob, 100 (tie) Alexandr, 97 Mher, 95 Grigor, 94 Harutyun, 90 Vahan, 80 – means “shield” in Armenian Edgar, 75 Menua, 73 (tie) – the name of an ancient Armenian king Henry, 73 (tie) Noy, 67
Here’s a link to
Armenia’s 2020 rankings, if you’d like to compare last year to the year before.
Statistical Committee of the Republic of Armenia ( 2021 pdf), Behind the Name Image by DenisStreltsov from Pixabay
According to the Statistical Committee of Armenia, the most popular baby names in the country last year were (
again) Nare and Davit.
Here are Armenia’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:
Nare, 745 baby girls Maria, 613 Angelina, 592 Arpi, 503 Mane, 437 Yeva, 402 Anna, 368 Mari, 356 Mariam, 354 Ani, 345
Davit, 1,346 baby boys Narek, 902 Hayk, 610 Mark, 579 Monte, 570 Tigran, 539 Areg, 513 Miqayel, 450 Alex, 377 (tie) Alen, 377 (tie)
In the girls’ top 10, Anna and Ani replaced Anahit and Ellen, and Angelina continued to rise.
(Anahit is the Armenian form of Anahita, which means “pure” — literally, “not” + “unclean” — in Avestan. Anahita was a Persian goddess associated with water, and, thereby, with fertility, healing and wisdom.)
In the boys’ top 10, Monte and Areg replaced Artur and Gor.
Statistical Committee of the Republic of Armenia ( 2020 pdf), Anahita – Behind the Name
We know what the
top names in the country were last year, but what about the top names in each state? Here’s the list, released just yesterday by the SSA. I’ve also included each state’s most popular unique names (i.e., names that only appeared in the data for that particular state).
State Top Names (f & m) Top Unique Names (f & m) Alabama Ava & William Crimson & Kendarius, Walton (tie) Alaska Aurora & Oliver (none) & Paxson Arizona Emma & Liam Sedona & Yadier Arkansas Ava & Noah (none) & Timber California Emma & Noah Ani & Aram Colorado Olivia & Liam Vail & Redding Connecticut Olivia & Noah (none) & (none) Delaware Ava & Liam (none) & (none) D.C. Ava & William (none) & (none) Florida Isabella & Liam Abigaelle & Miron Georgia Ava & William Kaylei & Taylin Hawaii Emma & Liam Mahina & Kaimana Idaho Olivia & Liam Quincey & Roczen Illinois Olivia & Noah Jamaya & Laron Indiana Emma & Oliver Dawt, Elma (tie) & Jamin Iowa Harper & Oliver Huxley & Kinnick Kansas Olivia & Liam Macklyn & Creighton, Whit (tie) Kentucky Emma & William Annlee, Terri (tie) & Jansen Louisiana Ava & Noah Jaicee, Jersi (tie) & Colston Maine Oliver & Charlotte (none) & (none) Maryland Ava & Liam Anjolaoluwa & Adon, Murtaza (tie) Massachusetts Emma & Benjamin Vittoria & Henrique Michigan Olivia & Noah Layal & Eldon Minnesota Evelyn & Henry Maida & Muhsin Mississippi Ava & John Swayze & Jadarius Missouri Olivia & Liam Charlea & Daxten, Zebulun (tie) Montana Harper & Liam (none) & (none) Nebraska Olivia & Liam (none) & (none) Nevada Emma & Liam (none) & (none) New Hampshire Olivia & Oliver (none) & (none) New Jersey Emma & Liam Tzipora & Binyomin New Mexico Isabella & Noah (none) & (none) New York Emma & Liam Gitty & Mendel North Carolina Ava & Noah Holden & Nahmir North Dakota Olivia & Oliver (none) & (none) Ohio Ava & Liam Wilma & Grayden Oklahoma Emma & Liam Dim, Jadyn (tie) & Thang Oregon Emma & Oliver Runa & (none) Pennsylvania Emma & Liam Barbie, Surah (tie) & Joniel Rhode Island Amelia, Olivia (tie) & Liam (none) & (none) South Carolina Ava & William Emmagrace, Mills (tie) & Drayton, Mills (tie) South Dakota Harper & Grayson, Henry, Liam (3-way tie) (none) & Ryken Tennessee Emma & William Annaclaire, Caylen, Eulalia, Jakyra, Kamri, Parthenia, Tamari, Tylee (8-way tie) & Neyland Texas Emma & Liam Jessi & Eliud Utah Olivia & Oliver Mable & Ammon Vermont Harper & Oliver (none) & (none) Virginia Ava & William Tyasia & Alexi, Javonte, Mckinley (3-way tie) Washington Olivia & Liam Callista & Ruvim West Virginia Emma & Mason (none) & Bransen Wisconsin Evelyn & Oliver (none) & Broxton, Kelby (tie) Wyoming Amelia, Emma (tie) & Oliver (none) & (none)
A few final thoughts…
I love that Aurora is now #1 in Alaska. :) What’s up with Wilma in Ohio? Nine baby girls is nearly a quarter (23%) of the total national usage. Interesting. One of the other unique Utah boy names was Kaladin, which comes from a character in the Stormlight Archive book series by Utah-based fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson.
How about you — what are your thoughts/observations?
According to a spokesperson for the Armenian National Statistical Service, the most popular baby names in Armenia during the first five months of 2015 were
Nare and Davit.
Here are Armenia’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015 so far:
Girl Names Boy Names 1. Nare 2. Mari 3. Maria 4. Anahit 5. Mane 6. Milena 7. Mariam 8. Angelina 9. Ani 10. Elen 1. Davit 2. Narek 3. Tigran 4. Hayk 5. Aleks 6. Gor 7. Arman 8. Alen 9. Erik 10. Artur
Nare and Davit were also the top names in
2012, but Mane and Narek were the winners in 2010.
Which are most popular names given to Armenia newborns?