The country of the Netherlands, located in Northwestern Europe, is bordered by both Belgium and Germany.
Last year, from January to November, the Netherlands welcomed more than 168,000 babies — over 82,000 girls and over 86,000 boys.
What were the most popular names among these babies? Emma and Noah.
Here are the Netherlands’ top 50 girl names and top 50 boy names of 2022:
Emma, 677 baby girls
Saar, 532 – short form of Sarah
Lotte, 423 (tie)
Nina, 423 (tie)
Loïs, 340 (tie)
Sofia, 340 (tie)
Fien, 324 – short form of Josefien
Fenna, 284 – feminine form of Fen (a Frisian short form of Ferdinand)
Noah, 871 baby boys
Mees, 621 – short form of Bartholomeus
Noud, 533 – short form of Arnoud (the Dutch form of Arnold)
Siem, 360 – short form of Simon
Olivier, 349 (tie)
Thomas, 349 (tie)
Teun, 346 – short form of Antonius
Gijs, 335 (tie) – short form of Gijsbert
Mats, 335 (tie)
David, 304 (tie)
Jake, 304 (tie)
Moos, 303 – short form of Mozes
Jan, 270 (3-way tie)
Oliver, 270 (3-way tie)
Willem, 270 (3-way tie)
Jurre, 259 – short form of Jurryt (the Frisian form of Gerard)
Dutch onomastician Gerrit Bloothooft noted that, if similar names had been counted together, the name-groups Saar/Sara/Sarah and Luca/Lucas/Luuk would have topped the girls’ list and the boys’ list, respectively.
The girls’ top 100 included Cato (55th), Veerle (60th), Puck (75th), and Merel (83rd).
The boys’ top 100 included Jaxx (56th), Sven (64th), Hidde (72nd), and Jip (78th).
Canada might be the second-largest country in terms of area, but it isn’t very large in terms of population. In fact, it’s one of the least densely populated places in the world.
In 2021, Canada (excluding Yukon) welcomed over 367,684 babies. By comparison, the U.S. state of Texas recorded 373,340 births the same year.
What were the most popular names among Canada’s 2021 babies?
Well…we don’t know for sure. Because Canada doesn’t release baby name rankings that cover the entire country.
I’d love to give you the next-best thing — sets of regional Canadian rankings representing Canada’s ten provinces and three territories — but, as of right now, two of the provinces and all three territories have not released rankings for 2021. (Yukon hasn’t even reported an official number of births yet.)
So I’ll give you the third-best thing: Eight sets of provincial Canadian rankings, all gathered into a single post, followed by a guess about the country’s top five names per gender.
Here are the rankings, ordered by total number of births per region (highest to lowest):
In 2021, Ontario welcomed 141,766 babies. Here are Ontario’s top baby names of 2021:
Girl Names, Ont.
Boy Names, Ont.
1. Olivia 2. Emma 3. Charlotte 4. Amelia 5. Ava 6. Sophia 7. Isla 8. Evelyn 9. Mia 10. Ella
1. Noah 2. Liam 3. Oliver 4. Jack 5. Benjamin 6. Theodore 7. Lucas 8. William 9. Ethan 10. Leo
In 2020, the top names in Ontario were also Olivia and Noah.
In 2021, Quebec welcomed 83,335 babies. Here are Quebec’s top baby names of 2021:
In 2020, the top two names in P.E.I. were Nora/Charlotte (tie) and Hudson.
Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon
In 2021, N.W.T. and Nunavut welcomed 628 babies and 462 babies, respectively. (Yukon likely welcomed a few hundred babies as well.)
None of the territories have released baby name rankings for 2021.
Using the data we have from the first, second, third, fourth, and sixth most populous provinces — which, together, welcomed over 90% of the country’s 2021 babies — we can make a guess about Canada’s top baby names overall:
Possible Top Girl Names
Possible Top Boy Names
1. Olivia 2. Emma 3. Charlotte 4. Amelia 5. Ava
1. Noah 2. Liam 3. Benjamin 4. Oliver 5. Jack
I’m only moderately confident about these guesses, primarily because the most populous province, Ontario, didn’t include raw numbers with its rankings.
I placed Benjamin higher than both Oliver and Jack because it was the only one of the three to reach the top 50 in Quebec, Canada’s second-most-populous province. (Benjamin even ranked slightly higher than Olivier, the French form of Oliver, in Quebec.)
If Manitoba, Newfoundland, or any of the territories release 2021 rankings in the coming months, I’ll come back and revise this post.
What are your thoughts on Canada’s top baby names of 2021?
From a recent Anaheim Ducks video-tweet in which former football player Troy Aikman addressed his namesake, hockey player Troy Terry (b. 1997):
How cool are we to have the name Troy, first of all. Now I know why your parents named you Troy, so it makes me feel really proud. But what makes me feel even prouder is the fact that the Ducks organization has given me the honor to let you know that, for the second consecutive year, you my friend are an NHL All-Star.
“A name for me is a shortcut, it’s an efficient way of working out what class that child comes from. Do I want my children to play with them?”
“I tend to think children that have intelligent names tend to have fairly intelligent parents and they make much better play dates, therefore, for my children.”
“I don’t judge people on their surnames but certainly I do make a very quick decision based on their first names and there’s a whole bunch of first names that I don’t like. I don’t like footballers’ names, I don’t like names after seasons of the year, I don’t like geographical location names, celebrity names, things like Apple.”
(Ironically, one of Katie’s three children is named India.)
Born on a farm on Sept. 18, 1828, in Norway, New York, Algernon Sidney Coe defied all expectations to become a respected and admired physician in Oswego City.
Coe, the son of Ira Coe, a War of 1812 veteran, and Elizabeth Norton, was named after Algernon Sidney who was executed in 1683 in England for his outspoken views on freedom of speech. Sidney was considered a martyr by American thinkers such as Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
There’s buzz about Beers at FIU [Florida International University].
The buzz started when Panthers coach Mike MacIntyre announced on Dec. 21 that FIU had signed the player with “the best name in college football.”
That would be 6-5, 225-pound tight end and Colorado native Rowdy Beers, who is from Littleton, which is nine miles south. of downtown Denver.
“As a kid,” Beers said, “any time I told my name to a new authority figure, they thought I was being disrespectful.”
Beers, who was named after three-time Olympic gold-medalist swimmer Rowdy Gaines, had right shoulder surgery on Dec. 29 but is expected to be ready by mid-May.
(Rowdy Beers also has three R-named siblings: Rocky, Raegan, and Rylie. Rowdy Gaines, however, is only nicknamed “Rowdy.” He was born Ambrose Gaines IV in 1959 — the year the baby name Rowdy debuted in the U.S. baby name data thanks to Rawhide.)
Our band’s namesake, Mr. Marshall Tucker, passed away peacefully yesterday morning at the age of 99. Though he was never a member of our band, we wouldn’t be here today without his historic name. In the early days when we were rehearsing in an old warehouse in Spartanburg, we found a keychain inscribed with his name. We needed a name asap… and the rest is history! Marshall was blind since birth but amazingly could play the heck out of the piano. He always said his talent was simply God-given. He tuned pianos in South Carolina for decades.
(The story behind Super Mario’s name, in Name quotes #111, also happens to involve a warehouse.)
Amongst the many topics discussed when Kendrick Lamar strolled through Arsenio Hall’s reinvented television series, the Compton rapper revealed that he’s named after one of the members of the iconic Motown group, the Temptations. While gushing over old school music, K Dot unveiled that his mother named him after Eddie Kendricks, the group’s distinctive falsetto singer.
For more quotes about names, check out the name quotes category.