Turkey is transcontinental: most of the country is located in Western Asia, but a portion is located in Southeastern Europe. Turkey shares land borders with Greece and Bulgaria on the European side, and six other countries (including Armenia and Azerbaijan) on the Asian side.
In 2021, Turkey welcomed 1,079,842 babies — 48.7% were girls, 51.3% were boys.
What were the most popular names among these babies? Zeynep and Yusuf.
Here are Turkey’s top 50 girl names and top 50 boy names of 2021:
Nehir – means “river” in Turkish.
Zümra – based on the Turkish word zümrüt, meaning “emerald.”
Eylül – means “September” in Turkish.
Masal – means “fairy tale” in Turkish.
Yagmur – means “rain” in Turkish.
Öykü – means “story” in Turkish.
Gökçe (pronounced gok-cheh) – based on the Turkish word gök, meaning “sky” or “blue.”
Günes (pronounced goo-NESH) – means “sun” in Turkish.
Ipek – means “silk” in Turkish.
Kumsal – means “beach” in Turkish.
Göktug – like Gökçe, based on the Turkish word gök (“sky,” “blue”).
Poyraz – means “north wind” in Turkish; ultimately based upon the ancient Greek word boreas.
Kuzey – means “north” in Turkish.
Doruk – means “peak” or “mountaintop” in Turkish.
Rüzgar – means “wind” in Turkish.
The girls’ top 100 included Hazal (55th), Ece (80th), Meva (94th), and Simay (98th).
The boys’ top 100 included Efe (65th), Bugra (75th), Demir (87th), and Cihangir (90th).
According to the government of Zurich, the most popular baby names last year in the German-speaking Swiss city were Olivia and Noah.
Here are Zurich’s top girl names and top boy names of 2021:
Olivia, 28 baby girls
Anna, 24 (tie)
Ella, 24 (tie)
Mia, 22 (3-way tie)
Sofia, 22 (3-way tie)
Sophia, 22 (3-way tie)
Clara, 14 (3-way tie)
Lea, 14 (3-way tie)
Zoe, 14 (3-way tie)
Noah, 27 baby boys
Levi, 18 (3-way tie)
Luca, 18 (3-way tie)
Mateo, 18 (3-way tie)
Luis, 17 (tie)
Maximilian, 17 (tie)
Felix, 16 (4-way tie)
Finn, 16 (4-way tie)
Leonardo, 16 (4-way tie)
Liam, 16 (4-way tie)
Daniel, 15 (4-way tie)
Elias, 15 (4-way tie)
Jan, 15 (4-way tie)
Vincent, 15 (4-way tie)
Though I’ve posted rankings for Switzerland before, I’ve never looked at the rankings for Zurich specifically, so I don’t have any past sets of rankings to compare this set to.
But — because Zurich’s rankings included everything from the top names down to the single-use names — I can give you a sampling of the baby names that were bestowed just once last year in Switzerland’s largest city: