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According to data from Statistics Belgium, the country’s most popular baby names last year were
Olivia and Noah.
Here are Belgium’s top 50 girl names and top 50 boy names of 2021:
Olivia, 580 baby girls Emma, 500 Louise, 455 Mila, 435 Alice, 416 Camille, 403 Lina, 394 Sofia, 359 Ella, 352 Juliette, 346 Nora, 342 Mia, 325 Marie, 317 Lucie, 314 Anna, 303 Jade, 296 Elena, 281 Eva, 280 Julia, 279 Noor, 263 Nina, 256 Léa, 252 Victoria, 249 Chloé, 244 Alix, 235 Lou, 232 Elise, 220 Zoé, 215 Giulia, 212 Ellie, 210 (tie) Luna, 210 (tie) Liv, 209 Renée, 207 Amélie, 204 Inaya, 202 Rose, 194 Charlotte, 191 Jeanne, 188 (tie) Lily, 188 (tie) Lena, 187 Sara, 176 Manon, 171 Julie, 170 Mona, 160 Alba, 159 Livia, 155 Billie, 154 (tie) Sophia, 154 (tie) Amira, 146 Clara, 144 (tie) Stella, 144 (tie)
Noah, 627 baby boys Arthur, 584 Louis, 558 Liam, 537 Jules, 526 Adam, 474 Lucas, 426 Gabriel, 422 Victor, 416 Oscar, 336 Leon, 310 Mathis, 294 (tie) Mohamed, 294 (tie) Finn, 289 Léon, 275 Matteo, 264 Lewis, 251 Hugo, 245 Nathan, 238 Luca, 234 Elias, 225 Raphaël, 223 Théo, 221 Amir, 217 (tie) Eden, 217 (tie) Rayan, 209 Lou, 208 Milo, 205 Yanis, 204 Achille, 201 Otis, 194 Sacha, 191 (tie) Vic, 191 (tie) Felix, 190 Marcel, 187 Basile, 185 Aaron, 179 Léo, 178 Maurice, 174 Alexander, 173 Maël, 171 Emiel, 168 (tie) Georges, 168 (tie) Jack, 167 (tie) William, 167 (tie) Emile, 163 (tie) Vince, 163 (tie) Samuel, 161 Gaston, 159 Oliver, 158
If Leon and Léon had been counted as a single name, their combined total (585) would have been enough to edge Arthur (584) out of second place on the boys’ list.
And the gender-neutral name Lou managed to pop up on both lists in nearly the same spot: 26th for girls, 27th for boys.
Belgium’s three regions
The top baby names within each of Belgium’s three regions were…
Girl Names Boy Names Flanders (57.6% of the population) Language: Dutch 1. Olivia, 328 2. Ella, 303 3. Marie, 275 4. Mila, 266 5. Nora, 261 1. Noah, 399 2. Arthur, 321 3. Jules, 311 4. Leon, 288 5. Louis, 284 Wallonia (31.8% of pop.) Language: French/German 1. Emma, 204 2. Olivia, 203 3. Louise, 190 4. Alice, 188 (tie) 5. Lucie, 188 (tie) 1. Gabriel, 266 2. Louis, 235 3. Liam, 233 4. Arthur, 208 5. Jules, 191 Brussels-Capital (10.6% of pop.) Languages: Dutch/French 1. Lina, 89 2. Sofia, 83 3. Emma, 60 (tie) 4. Nour, 60 (tie) 5. Olivia, 49 1. Mohamed, 118 2. Adam, 112 3. Gabriel, 82 4. Amir, 70 5. Noah, 62
And here’s a selection of names from the other end of the spectrum — names that were given to just 5 babies each in Belgium last year:
Rare Girl Names Rare Boy Names Anabia, Believe, Caro, Dea, Elaïa, Fallone, Gaby, Heike, Iluna, Jennifer, Kessy, Lyssia, Mahsa, Nihal, Otice, Puck, Queen, Ramla, Siloé, Toos, Vlera, Wassila, Yseult, Zuri Aloys, Brandon, Celle, Doruk, Erion, Fedde, Gustav, Hazar, Ilyass, Jip, Karsten, Lothar, Maksim, Nellis, Obi, Paulin, Qays, Riff, Silvio, Tille, Vidar, Wiebe, Yavuz, Zjef
(I’m a little surprised that as many as 5 baby girls in Belgium got the English word “believe” as their first name. I wonder if something specific was influencing that usage…?)
This time around, Belgium also highlighted the girl and boy names that saw the largest increases and decreases in usage over the last decade (2011-2021). The top 5 in each category were…
Girl names Largest increases: Alba, Ellie, Ellis, Alya, Cilou Largest decreases: Lisa, Laura, Julie, Lotte, Anaïs
Boy names Largest increases: Georges, Lio, Gaston, Otis, Lyam Largest decreases: Maxime, Thomas, Simon, Wout, Nathan
Finally, here’s a link to
Belgium’s 2020 rankings, if you’d like to compare.
First names for boys and girls | STATBEL, Demographics of Belgium – Wikipedia
Map: Adapted from
Regions of Belgium by Ssolbergj under CC BY 3.0.
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 Emma, 25 Anna, 24 (tie) Ella, 24 (tie) Mia, 22 (3-way tie) Sofia, 22 (3-way tie) Sophia, 22 (3-way tie) Elena, 20 Charlotte, 19 Lina, 18 Sophie, 17 Yara, 16 Nora, 15 Clara, 14 (3-way tie) Lea, 14 (3-way tie) Zoe, 14 (3-way tie)
Noah, 27 baby boys Leo, 24 Louis, 22 Theo, 20 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:
Unique Girl Names Unique Boy Names Aola, Belangie, Cybèle, Diola, Elfida, Flurina, Gresa, Heja, Illiyeen, Jenaja, Kumru, Leviah, Milaine, Nissy, Odine, Proxima, Quimey, Reisel, Shiffra, Tabia, Ursina, Vennila, Wilma, Yelira, Zoélie Astérion, Bodo, Corvin, Doruk, Ezriel, Falko, Giordano, Henning, Ilyas, Jaromir, Koshin, Leart, Mazlum, Nahuel, Orfeo, Pavle, Qiheng, Rikuto, Solan, Tanju, Umor, Viggo, Wybe, Yonah, Zaam
Vornamen-Verzeichnis 2021 – Stadt Zürich, The most popular baby names in Zurich in 2021, Zurich – Wikipedia
According to Retraite Québec, the most popular baby names in the Canadian province of Quebec last year were
Emma and Noah.
Here are Quebec’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2021:
Emma, 521 baby girls Olivia, 519 Alice, 508 Florence, 498 Charlie, 488 Livia, 473 Charlotte, 465 Léa, 462 Romy, 357 Zoe, 344
Noah, 717 baby boys William, 709 Thomas, 645 Léo, 622 Liam, 618 Jacob, 529 Nathan, 519 Arthur, 508 Édouard, 499 Félix, 484
In the girls’ top 10, Zoe replaced Clara.
In the boys’ top 10, Felix replaced Logan.
And here are some of the baby names that were bestowed just once in Quebec last year:
Unique Girl Names Unique Boy Names Auxane, Beaulieu, Celtina, Dulcinee, Ephelina, Freticia, Gamaelle, Hestia, Isalie, Jophina, Kautjaq, Lasiala, Milaloup, Nausicaa, Oncy, Protea, Qulliq, Riziki, Sensitiva, Timmiak, Uzia, Violaine, Waapikun, Xeia, Yzea, Zoona Amenzo, Blinken, Clydirk, Dawensky, Eliodore, Fritzner, Ghiss, Hulkson, Ikuagasak, Jackary, Kaulder, Lafleche, Mclovin, Nickford, Otsoa, Piponik, Qianli, Raynloc, Stratos, Trupt, Ulys, Vinicius, Wendrick, Xakhan, Yamsongo, Zoric
Some possible explanations/associations for a few of the above:
Beaulieu means “beautiful place” in French. Kaulder was a character in the movie The Last Witch Hunter (2015). McLovin was a name used on a fake ID in the movie Superbad (2007). Milaloup looks like a combination of the name Mila and the French word loup, meaning “wolf.” Nausicaa was a character in Homer’s Odyssey. Qulliq refers to a seal-oil/whale blubber lamp used by the Inuit. Timmiak refers to a duck or a goose in Inuktitut.
2020, the top names in Quebec were Olivia and Liam.
Retraite Québec – List of Baby Names, Noah and Emma most popular baby names in Quebec in 2021
Which first letters were the most and least popular for U.S. baby names in 2021?
Top first letters for girl names: A, E, M
For baby girls, the most-used first letter was A, followed by E and M. The least-used first letter was U.
The most popular girl names per letter were…
A-names (over 273,100 baby girls): Amelia, Ava, Abigail, Avery, Aria, Aurora B-names (over 49,300): Brooklyn, Bella, Brielle, Blakely, Bailey, Brianna C-names (over 93,100): Charlotte, Camila, Chloe, Claire, Caroline, Cora D-names (over 40,300): Delilah, Daisy, Diana, Daniela, Delaney, Dakota E-names (over 155,300): Emma, Evelyn, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Ella, Emily F-names (over 16,500): Freya, Faith, Finley, Fiona, Fatima, Frances G-names (over 42,900): Gianna, Grace, Genesis, Gabriella, Genevieve, Georgia H-names (over 54,900): Harper, Hazel, Hannah, Hailey, Hadley, Harmony I-names (over 44,100): Isabella, Isla, Ivy, Iris, Isabelle, Isabel J-names (over 73,500): Josephine, Jade, Julia, Josie, Juniper, Jasmine K-names (over 89,100): Kinsley, Kennedy, Kaylee, Kehlani, Katherine, Kylie L-names (over 115,300): Luna, Layla, Lily, Leah, Lucy, Lillian M-names (over 143,500): Mia, Mila, Madison, Maya, Madelyn, Madeline N-names (over 58,800): Nora, Nova, Naomi, Natalie, Natalia, Nevaeh O-names (over 30,200): Olivia, Olive, Oakley, Oaklynn, Octavia, Ophelia P-names (over 37,600): Penelope, Paisley, Piper, Peyton, Parker, Presley Q-names (over 4,100): Quinn, Quincy, Queen, Quinley, Quetzalli, Quinnley R-names (over 74,800): Riley, Ruby, Rylee, Raelynn, Rose, Remi S-names (over 116,400): Sophia, Sofia, Scarlett, Stella, Savannah, Skylar T-names (over 24,200): Taylor, Teagan, Trinity, Tatum, Tessa, Talia U-names (over 600): Unique, Uma, Ulani, Una, Unknown, Unity V-names (over 32,400): Violet, Victoria, Valentina, Vivian, Valerie, Valeria W-names (over 14,700): Willow, Wren, Winter, Wynter, Willa, Wrenley X-names (over 4,500): Ximena, Xiomara, Xyla, Xena, Xochitl, Xitlali Y-names (over 7,600): Yaretzi, Yara, Yareli, Yasmin, Yamileth, Yuna Z-names (over 29,100): Zoey, Zoe, Zuri, Zara, Zariah, Zelda Top first letters for boy names: J, A, L
For baby boys, the most-used first letter was J, followed by A and L. The least-used first letter was U.
The most popular boy names per letter were…
A-names (over 178,600 baby boys): Alexander, Asher, Aiden, Anthony, Andrew, Adrian B-names (over 86,600): Benjamin, Brooks, Bennett, Beau, Bryson, Brayden C-names (over 123,000): Carter, Charles, Caleb, Christopher, Cameron, Cooper D-names (over 85,000): Daniel, David, Dylan, Dominic, Declan, Damian E-names (over 108,700): Elijah, Ethan, Ezra, Elias, Ezekiel, Eli F-names (over 20,500): Finn, Felix, Finley, Francisco, Fernando, Finnegan G-names (over 53,500): Grayson, Gabriel, Greyson, Gael, Giovanni, George H-names (over 50,000): Henry, Hudson, Hunter, Harrison, Hayden, Hayes I-names (over 31,500): Isaac, Isaiah, Ian, Ivan, Israel, Ismael J-names (over 202,800): James, Jack, Jackson, Jacob, John, Joseph K-names (over 93,400): Kai, Kayden, Kingston, Kaiden, Kevin, King L-names (over 133,400): Liam, Lucas, Levi, Logan, Leo, Luke M-names (over 126,700): Mateo, Michael, Mason, Matthew, Maverick, Miles N-names (over 57,400): Noah, Nathan, Nolan, Nicholas, Nathaniel, Nicolas O-names (over 38,800): Oliver, Owen, Oscar, Omar, Orion, Odin P-names (over 23,700): Parker, Patrick, Peter, Preston, Phoenix, Paxton Q-names (over 3,100): Quinn, Quentin, Quincy, Quinton, Quintin, Quinten R-names (over 82,800): Ryan, Roman, Robert, Rowan, River, Ryder S-names (over 70,300): Sebastian, Samuel, Santiago, Silas, Sawyer, Steven T-names (over 59,200): Theodore, Thomas, Thiago, Theo, Tyler, Tucker U-names (over 2,500): Uriel, Uriah, Ulises, Ulysses, Uziel, Umar V-names (over 11,000): Vincent, Victor, Valentino, Vincenzo, Vicente, Vihaan W-names (over 49,100): William, Wyatt, Waylon, Wesley, Weston, Walker X-names (over 7,200): Xavier, Xander, Xzavier, Xavion, Xavien, Xavian Y-names (over 8,200): Yusuf, Yosef, Yehuda, Yousef, Yahir, Yisroel Z-names (over 26,900): Zion, Zachary, Zayden, Zane, Zayn, Zander
Years ago, I discovered three documents with relatively complete lists of births for the city of Providence, Rhode Island, for the years 1866, 1867, and 1868. I’ve already created Providence’s baby name rankings for
1866 and 1867 using the first two documents, and today (finally!) I’ve got the third set of rankings for you.
Let’s start with some stats:
1,762 babies were born in Providence in 1868, by my count. According to the introduction of the document I’m using a source, however, the total number is 1,866. I don’t know how to account for this discrepancy. 1,617 of these babies (791 girls and 826 boys) had names that were known at the time of publication. The other 145 babies got blank spaces. Either their names hadn’t been registered yet, or they hadn’t been named yet, or perhaps these babies died young and never received a name. 284 unique names (143 girl names and 141 boy names) were shared among these 1,617 babies.
And now, on to the names!
A quick look at the top 5 girl names and boy names in Providence in 1868:
Top baby girl names Top baby boy names 1. Mary 2. Catherine 3. Sarah 4. Ellen 5. Margaret 1. John 2. William 3. James 4. Charles 5. George All Girl Names
Mary, 149 baby girls Catherine, 39 Sarah, 38 Ellen, 31 Margaret, 28 Elizabeth, 25 Alice, 24 Anna, 20 Ann, 16 Emma, 14 Eliza, 13 Clara & Martha, 11 each (tie) Hannah & Lucy, 10 each (tie) Bridget, Grace, Jennie, Julia & Maria, 9 each (5-way tie) Annie, Florence, Jane, Minnie & Susan, 8 each (5-way tie) Agnes, Caroline, Cora, Ella & Harriet, 7 each (5-way tie) Anne, Carrie, Hattie, Ida, Mabel & Nellie, 6 each (6-way tie) Eva, Joanna, Lydia & Rosanna, 5 each (4-way tie) Abby, Charlotte, Emily, Jessie, Josephine, Lillian, Lizzie, Louisa, Louise, Marion, Phebe, Rosella & Theresa, 4 each (13-way tie) Anastasia, Bertha, Edith, Gertrude, Isabella, Nettie, Pearl, Rebecca & Susanna, 3 each (9-way tie) Ada, Almira, Edna, Fannie, Flora, Frances, Helen, Henrietta, Inez, Laura, Lelia, Lillie, Lottie, Maud, Priscilla & Virginia, 2 each (16-way tie) Addie, Adelaide, Adelicia, Adeline, Agatha, Allene, Amanda, Amy, Angelica, Antoinette, Arabella, Augusta, Aurelia, B.*, Belle, Bessie, Betsey, Catharine, Celia, Claudia, Della, Eleanor, Eleanora, Estella, Estelle, Esther, Eudavelia, Eulalie, Evelyn, Francenia, Genevieve, Georgia, Honora, Imogene, Jesse, Juliette, Kate, Leonora, Lilla, Lillias, Lorena, Luella, Luetta, Magdalena, Marian, Marietta, Matilda, Mercy, Minerva, Miriam, Myra, Myrtis, Nanoan, Nora, Pauline, Reberta, Rhoda, Roberta, Rosa, Rose, Ruth, Sabrina, Sophia, Stella & Winifred, 1 each (65-way tie)
*What do you think the “B.” might have stood for?
All Boy Names
John, 112 baby boys William, 68 James, 64 Charles, 52 George, 45 Thomas, 37 Frederick, 25 Henry, 23 Joseph, 22 Edward, 19 Daniel & Patrick, 18 each (tie) Robert, 17 Frank, 16 Francis, 15 Walter, 13 Michael, 11 Albert, 10 Arthur, 9 Benjamin, Peter & Samuel, 7 each (3-way tie) Freddie, Harry, Herbert & Stephen, 6 each (4-way tie) Edwin, Lawrence, Lewis, Martin & Timothy, 5 each (5-way tie) Bernard, Edmund, Eugene, Louis, Philip & Richard, 4 each (6-way tie) Alfred, Augustus, Christopher, Eben, Horace, Howard, Hugh, Jeremiah, Matthew & Willard, 3 each (10-way tie) Abel, Barney, Byron, Dennis, Edgar, Ferdinand, Gilbert, Luke, Max, Nathaniel, Owen, Roger, Solomon & Victor, 2 each (14-way tie) Alden, Alexis, Allen, Alrick, Amos, Andrew, Ansel, Anson, Archibald, Asa, Ashby, Bartholomew, Calvin, Carlos, Clarence, Clark, Clarke, Clement, Clifford, Collyer, Crolander, Darius, David, Earl, Elisha, Ellis, Eri, Ernest, Erwin, Eusebe, Everett, Felix, Forrest, Foster, Franklin, Fred, Gardner, Jacob, Jason, Jerome, Jireh, Joaneto, Josiah, Jubal, Justin, Lawson, Lodovic, Louis, Lucien, Lyman, Major, Malachi, Manuel, Melbourne, Monroe, Morey, Morris, Myron, Nelson, Nicholas, Olney, Orville, Oscar, Pendleton, Ralph, Reuben, Rolfe, Rowland, Rufus, Simeon, Simon, Steven, Stewart, Theodore, Ulysses*, Volney, Warren, Whiting, Willie & Winchester, 1 each (80-way tie)
*Ulysses was likely named in honor of
Ulysses S. Grant, who was elected president in 1868. Twins
Finally, nineteen sets of twins were born in Providence in 1868. (All of these twin names are accounted for in the rankings above.)
Girl-girl twins Girl-boy twins Boy-boy twins Caroline & Harriet Lucy & Lydia Mary & Rosanna Margaret & Mary Lizzie & Martha (blank) & (blank) Anne & Thomas Emma & Charles Florence & William Hannah & Josiah Ida & John Isabella & John Jennie & Horace Charles & William Francis & Robert George & John James & John James & Stephen (blank) & (blank)
Have any thoughts about these rankings, or about any of the specific names above?
Source: Snow, Edwin M.
. Number three. Providence: Millard & Harker, 1870. Alphabetical Lists of the Names of Persons Deceased, Born and Married in the City of Providence