I’ve never posted rankings for Albania before, so even though these are out-of-date — even more so than the Iowa rankings from earlier this week — I figured it would be better to have one set as opposed to nothing at all. :)
According to Albania’s Institute of Statistics (INSTAT), the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were Amelia and Noel.
Here are Albania’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:
Amelia, 499 baby girls
Aria, 182 (tie)
Amelja, 182 (tie)
Melisa, 114 (tie)
Amaris, 114 (tie)
Noel, 402 baby boys
Luis, 115 (tie)
Roel, 115 (tie)
The following names didn’t make Albania’s top 10, but did rank #1 in at least one Albanian municipality:
An article about Albanian baby names published several years ago mentioned that, in 2014, none of the top ten names of either gender were of Albanian origin. University of Tirana sociology professor Edmond Dragoti argued that the trendiness of foreign names could be traced back to the fall of communism in Albania because, during the communist era, such names had been banned. He explained:
All the frustration about [parents] not being able to name their children as they wished exploded after the 1990s, when Albania opened up. The unlimited and uncontrolled new freedom quickly surpassed the need for a national identity.
So today let’s check out another fun set of “top” names: the top rises. The names below are those that increased the most in usage, percentage-wise, from one year to the next according to the SSA data.
Here’s the format: girl names are on the left, boy names are on the right, and the percentages represent single-year jumps in usage. (For example, from 1880 to 1881, usage of the girl name Isa grew 240% and usage of the boy name Noble grew 333%.)
The SSA data isn’t perfect, but it does get a lot more accurate starting in the late 1930s, because “many people born before 1937 never applied for a Social Security card, so their names are not included in our data” (SSA). Now, back to the list…
(Did you catch all the doubles? Tula, Delano, Tammy, Jermaine, and Davey/Davy.)
I’ve already written about some of the names above (click the links to see the posts) and I plan to write about many of the others. In the meanwhile, though, feel free to beat me to it! Leave a comment and let us know what popularized Dorla in 1929, or Lauren in 1945, or Dustin in 1968, or Kayleigh in 1985, or Talan in 2005…
A silent film called Six Days, which was released in September of 1923.
The main character, Laline Kingston (played by actress Corinne Griffith), was an “American society girl whose scheming and extravagant mother force[d] her into an engagement with Sir Charles Chetwyn, a wealthy Englishman.” While visiting Paris, though, Laline met and fell in love with Dion Leslie, a young sculptor who (of course!) happened to be Chetwyn’s son.
The movie was based on the 1923 novel of the same name by British romance writer Elinor Glyn. The novel was also serialized in at least a few U.S. newspapers in late 1924.