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The Eastern European country of Ukraine is the second-largest country on the continent, after Russia.
Several years ago, Ukraine had a population of roughly 42 million, making it Europe’s eighth most populous country. Following Russia’s full-scale invasion in February of 2022, however, more than 8 million Ukrainians have fled to other countries (such as Poland).
Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice recently revealed the top baby names of 2022 in the capital city of Kyiv and in five nearby regions (called “oblasts”). All six of these places are located in the central/western part of the country:
Rankings weren’t included, so, in the tables below, I’ve written the names in the order in which they appeared in the news release.
Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, has a population of over 2.9 million — making it the seventh most populous city in Europe. Here are Kyiv’s top baby names of 2022:
Javelina and its male equivalent, Javelin, are two of the weapon-inspired names that have emerged in the wake of the Russian invasion. They come from the FGM-148 Javelin — an American-made, hand-held, anti-tank missile system. The weapon is featured in the pro-Ukrainian “St. Javelin” internet meme (above). Incidentally, a baby born in Sonoma County in 2022 was named Javelin — perhaps his family is Ukrainian?
Another weapon-inspired name being given to baby boys is Bayraktar. This one comes from the Bayraktar TB2 — a Turkish-made unmanned aerial vehicle that carries laser-guided bombs. The word bayraktar means “flag-bearer” in Turkish.
Kyiv Oblast has a population of over 1.7 million. Here are the region’s top baby names of 2022:
Anna Anastasiya Veronika Viktoriya Eva Mariya Polina Solomiya Sofiya
Andriy Artem Bohdan Vladyslav Danylo David Dmytro Matviy Mark Maksym Nazar Oleksandr Timofey Yaroslav
The name Stefaniya is on the rise thanks to the song “Stefania” by Ukrainian folk/rap group Kalush Orchestra. It won the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest by a landslide. The lyrics refer to the lead singer’s mother, but the song “has since taken on a new, more patriotic meaning.” Here’s the music video:
I suspect that Viktoriya (Victoria) — which means “victory” in Latin, and appears on all six of the lists above — bears extra significance among Ukrainians these days as well.
Scotland — the country that covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain (the largest island in Europe) — shares a border with only England.
Last year, Scotland welcomed nearly 47,000 babies. What were the most popular names among these babies? Olivia and Noah.
Here are Scotland’s top 50 girl names and top 50+ boy names of 2022:
Olivia, 309 baby girls
Grace, 233 (tie)
Sophie, 233 (tie)
Ava, 226 (tie)
Ella, 226 (tie)
Harper, 169 (tie)
Ivy, 169 (tie)
Daisy, 134 (tie)
Willow, 134 (tie)
Anna, 119 (tie)
Bonnie, 119 (tie)
Maya, 113 (tie)
Sienna, 113 (tie)
Georgia, 101 (tie)
Hannah, 101 (tie)
Callie, 94 (tie)
Skye, 94 (tie)
Noah, 373 baby boys
Alfie, 243 (3-way tie)
James, 243 (3-way tie)
Theo, 243 (3-way tie)
Finlay, 234 (tie)
Lewis, 234 (tie)
Max, 160 (tie)
Muhammad, 160 (tie)
Harrison, 122 (3-way tie)
Hunter, 122 (3-way tie)
Roman, 122 (3-way tie)
Ethan, 105 (tie)
Liam, 105 (tie)
Angus, 100 (3-way tie)
Jamie, 100 (3-way tie)
Theodore, 100 (3-way tie)
The fastest-rising names in the girls’ top 100 were Nova, Maeva, Annie, and Nina.
The fastest-rising names in the boys’ top 100 were Teddy, Parker, Hudson, and Theodore.
Here are some of the names from lower down on the list:
15 boys were named Reo, which is the first name of Japanese soccer player Reo Hatate, who joined Glasgow-based Celtic F.C. in early 2022. (Before this, the highest usage of Reo was 3 boys in a single year.)
14 girls were named Vaila, which is the name of one of the Shetland Islands.
7 girls were named Perrie, which is the first name of Perrie Edwards, member of the British girl-group Little Mix. (The name rose in usage during the 2010s, peaking in 2017 with 16 baby girls.)
Fun fact: Perrie Edwards’ name was inspired by Steve Perry of Journey.
Fun fact #2: Steve Perry’s father’s surname was originally Pereira. (Both of his parents immigrated from the Azores.)
6 girls were named Sanna, which is the first name of Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who assumed office in late 2019. (Before this, the highest usage of Sanna was 3 girls in a single year.)
5 boys were named Argyll, which is the name of a historical shire of Scotland.
2 girls were named Kinvara, which is the name of a village in Ireland.
Baby names that were bestowed just once in Scotland last year include…