According to Eesti Statistika, the most most popular baby names in Estonia last year were Mia and Robin.
Here are the country’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2021:
In the girls’ top 10, Hanna and Nora replaced Saara and Maria.
In the boys’ top 10, Mark, Henri, Martin, Miron, and Kristofer replaced Jakob, Oskar, Aron, Artur, and Robert.
The press release also mentioned some of the ways in which Estonian pop culture has influenced Estonian baby names recently. Here’s the English translation:
The name Stefan quickly began to spread last year. Famous people’s name choices can also create trends — Miss Rubi Rahula already has 24 namesakes today. In the last three years, 22 girls have been named Eia and 43 have been named Jete since the great Christmas film screened in 2018. Last year, nine fans of the Revenge Office named their child Lumilee, Lumi Lee or Lumi-Lee.
And here’s some context:
Singer Stefan Airapetjan won the first season (March-May, 2020) of the Estonian version of the Masked Singer (2020-).
Rubi Rahula (b. 2017) is the daughter of Estonian celebrity (?) couple Anni and Tomi Rahula, whose 2018 book Tule meie juurde (English: Come to us) detailed their struggles with infertility.
Eia and Jete were characters in the Estonian children’s adventure film Eia’s Christmas at Phantom Owl Farm (2018).
The character Lumi-Lee Aigo was introduced in 2021 on the Estonian comedy-crime TV show “Revenge Office” (2009-).
In 2020, the top names in Estonia were Sofia and Robin.
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
Anna, 24 (tie)
Ella, 24 (tie)
Mia, 22 (3-way tie)
Sofia, 22 (3-way tie)
Sophia, 22 (3-way tie)
Clara, 14 (3-way tie)
Lea, 14 (3-way tie)
Zoe, 14 (3-way tie)
Noah, 27 baby boys
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:
According to Statistics Norway, the most popular baby names in the country last year were Nora and Noah — both of which happen to be quite similar to the name of the country itself (Norge, pronounced nor-geh).
Here are Norway’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2021:
Nora/Norah, 409 baby girls
Noah/Noa, 402 baby boys
Aksel/Axel, 346 (3-way tie)
Emil, 346 (3-way tie)
Filip/Philip/Fillip/Phillip, 346 (3-way tie)
In the girls’ top 10, Frida replaced Emilie.
In the boys’ top 10, Isak and Aksel replaced Liam and Henrik.
Names that saw notable increases in usage include…
Girl names: Ada (9th), Alma (12th), Iben (19th), Ellie (32nd), Hedvig (38th), Mie (42nd), Mille (46th), Hermine (48th), Klara, and Noelle
Boy names: Oskar (2nd), Isak (5th), Aksel (6th), Ludvig (19th), Gustav (25th), Falk, Harald, Joel, and Luca
In the capital city, Oslo, the top names last year were Sofia and Oskar.
And the year before, in 2020, the top names in Norway were Nora and Jakob.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2020 were Olivia and Oliver.
Here are Iowa’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:
Olivia, 171 baby girls
Oliver, 208 baby boys
In the girls’ top 10, Sophia, Hazel, and Eleanor replaced Avery, Nora, and Violet.
In the boys’ top 10, Theodore and Wyatt replaced Lincoln and Jackson. (Notably, Theodore jumped from 12th in 2019 up to 3rd in 2020.)
Over 2,800 boy names and over 3,600 girl names were bestowed just once in Iowa in 2020. The state says that unique names are trendy — in fact, “some Iowa counties…regularly reach 100% uniqueness, meaning there are no babies given the same name in a single year.”
Here’s a selection Iowa’s unique baby names from 2020:
Vaxston – given the fact that Covid-19 dominated the headlines in 2020, I can’t help but wonder if this one wasn’t influenced by the word vaccine. (A baby in the Philippines was named “Vaccine” in 2020, incidentally.)
Yolotli – Nahuatl for “heart.”
Finally, in 2019, the top two names in Iowa were Charlotte and Oliver.