The country of Germany is located in Central Europe and bordered by nine other countries (including Poland, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, and Denmark).
Last year, Germany welcomed roughly 739,000 babies.
What were the most popular names among these babies? We don’t know for sure, because Germany (like Japan) doesn’t release official baby name rankings. But two unofficial sets of rankings agree that Germany’s top baby names of 2022 were likely Emilia and Noah.
Here are the sources of the two sets of rankings:
The Society for the German Language (GfdS), which obtained data from more than 750 German registry offices. This data accounts for over 92% of all the first names bestowed in Germany in 2022.
Name researcher Knud Bielefeld, who obtained data from registry offices and maternity hospitals in 423 German cities. His data accounts for about 34% of all the babies born in Germany in 2022.
On both lists, differently spelled versions of the same name were combined.
Let’s start with the Society for the German Language (GfdS) list.
Girl Names (GfdS)
Boy Names (GfdS)
And now, Bielefeld’s list.
Girl Names (Bielefeld)
Boy Names (Bielefeld)
Bielefeld also noted that the boy name Nelio was on the rise thanks to German influencer Dagi Bee (birth name: Dagmar Ochmanczyk), who welcomed a son named Nelio in December of 2021.
The country of Poland is located in Central Europe and shares a border with seven other countries (including Russia, Germany, and Slovakia).
Last year, Poland welcomed approximately 305,000 babies — 290,000 of which were born to Polish parents and 15,000 of which were born to non-Polish parents (many of them Ukrainian refugees).
What were the most popular names among all these babies? Zofia and Antoni.
Here are Poland’s top 50 girl names and top 50+ boy names of 2022:
Zofia, 5,714 baby girls
Iga, 2,847 – a diminutive of either Jadwiga or Ignacja
Antoni, 6,670 baby boys
Cezary, 892 (tie)
Tadeusz, 892 (tie)
Ksawery, 849 – a form of Xavier
Kazimierz, 674 (tie)
Kuba, 674 (tie)
(Because L‘s with a stroke don’t render properly on my site, you’ll have to imagine they exist in several of the above: the girl name Lucja and the boy names Mikolaj, Stanislaw, Michal, Milosz, and Pawel.)
Poland’s data goes all the way down to names with just two instances of usage, so here’s a sampling of the rare baby names at the opposite end of the spectrum:
Jökla, feminine version of Jökull, the #2 boy name
Myrkvi, “darkness (caused by fog or a storm)” or “eclipse“
Svanhvit, “swan” + “white”
There was also a single non-binary name, Blær (“light breeze”), registered in Iceland last year.
Interestingly, about a decade ago, a teenager named Blær forced Iceland to legally recognize her name — which, at that time, was considered solely masculine — by taking the government to court. Perhaps that court battle paved the way for Blær to become a dual-gender name in Iceland? Hm…
The last time I posted rankings for Iceland, in 2018, the top two names (Embla and Aron) were the same.