The Romanian-speaking country of Moldova — which is sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine — welcomed more than 27,000 babies in 2020. According to Moldova’s Public Services Agency, the most popular baby names in the country that year were Sofia and David.
Here are Moldova’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:
According to the Civil Registry of Moscow, the most popular baby names in the city last year were (again) Sofia and Alexander.
Here are Moscow’s top 6 girl names and top 6 boy names of 2020:
Sofia (Sofya), over 2,800 baby girls
Maria, 2,200 baby girls
Alexander, over 2,500 baby boys
Mikhail, 2,427 baby boys
Less commonly bestowed names include Vesna, Dionysus, Iskra (“spark”), Lucifer, Venus-Veronica, Sever, Severina, and Yermak-Alexander. (Yermak could be a reference to the Russian folk hero Yermak Timofeyevich.)
According to an article published in late January by Moldovan news site Publika TV, the most popular baby names in Moldova in 2016 were Sofia and David.
The article was hard to interpret, but here’s my guess at Moldova’s top girl names and top boy names of 2016:
Girl Names 1. Sofia 2. Anastasia 3. Daria 4. Victoria 5. Alexandra 6. Evelina 7. Amelia 8. Andrea 9. Valeria 10. Gabriela
Boy Names 1. David 2. Maxim 3. Alexandru 4. Artiom (…which is based on the name of Greek goddess Artemis) 5. Ion (…looks molecular, but it’s actually a form of John) 6. Bogdan 7. Daniel 8. Matthew 9. Nikita 10. Michael