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.
In the girls’ top 10, Saga, Ella and Wilma replaced Agnes, Molly and Linnea.
The names in the top 100 that rose the fastest were:
Lo, Saga, Hedvig, Julie, and Ronja for girls, and
Kian, Henry, Love, Algot and Sam for boys.
The names in the top 100 that fell the fastest were:
Hilda, Cornelia, Elvira, Felicia and Linn for girls, and
Linus, Elvin, Rasmus, Felix and Jack for boys.
The sudden rise of Saga (from 21st to 4th) could be due to the popular Scandinavian TV show “The Bridge,” which features a character named Saga. But, as Maybe it is Daijiro notes, the show has been around since 2011. Saga’s usage stayed relatively flat until 2014.
Also in 2015, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PVR) received 1,942 applications for adult name changes — a new national record. Znövit (Snow White), Lejontass (Lion paw) and Grön (green) were three of the new names requested last year. Sweden may be strict about names for babies, but name changes for adults are approved around 99% of the time.