According to Uruguay’s Dirección Nacional de Identificación Civil (DNIS), the most popular baby names in the country in 2020 were Emma and Juan. (Though, if the two renderings of Maria — accented “María” and unaccented “Maria” — were combined, Maria would easily be the #1 girl name.)
Here are Uruguay’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:
- Emma, 682 baby girls
- María, 564
- Julieta, 495
- Martina, 477
- Isabella, 400
- Catalina, 383
- Maria, 378
- Sofía, 372
- Emilia, 368
- Delfina, 320
- Juan, 861 baby boys
- Mateo, 611
- Felipe, 460
- Lorenzo, 408
- Thiago, 354
- Santino, 347
- Lucas, 334
- Dante, 330
- Lautaro, 327
- Benjamín, 315
I’ve never looked at rankings for Uruguay before, so I don’t have past rankings to compare these to. But here are some of the names from lower down on the list (which, like a couple of other sets of rankings* we’ve seen lately, wasn’t two gender-specific lists but a single list that combined both genders).
- 83 babies were named Celeste, which is the nickname (El Celeste, “the sky-blue”) of Uruguay’s national soccer team.
- This one reminds me of the usage of Azzurra in Italy!
- 11 were named Edinson, which is the first name of Uruguayan soccer player Edinson Cavani.
- 8 were named Nairobi, which is a female character from the popular Spanish-language TV series La casa de papel (English title: Money Heist).
- 2 were named Tabaré, which was the first name of Uruguayan president Tabaré Vázquez (who both left office and passed away in 2020).
Finally, here’s a selection Uruguay’s single-use baby names of 2020:
Atahualpa, Brislady, Crisbely, Duckenson, Elubina, Fritznel, Garibaldi, Hartmut, Izpabelli, Juanfer, Khantuta, Leovisnel, Missber, Norquides, Olgalisy, Pierangely, Quinto, Roismerl, Szabolcs, Tonatiuh, Tonantzín, Urumana, Viorky, Wanderson, Xilianny, Yusnavi, Zolanch
Some possible explanations/associations:
- Atahualpa – the last emperor of the Inca
- Garibaldi – 19th-century Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi
- Pierangely – Italian actress Pier Angeli
- Tonatiuh – Nahua (Aztec) sun deity
- Tonantzín – Nahuatl honorific title meaning “our mother”