Last year, the most popular baby names in the Brazilian city of Toledo (located in the southern state of Paraná) were Alice and Miguel.
According to local newspaper Gazeta de Toledo — which published a single, provisional set of rankings for Toledo in late December — these were the city’s top 50 baby names overall in 2022:
Miguel, 32 babies
Alice, 29 – pronounced ah-lee-see in Brazilian Portuguese.
Maria Alice, 21
Davi, 15 – a form of David.
Maria Julia, 15
Ravi, 10 – a form of Rafael.
Maria Clara, 9
Arthur Miguel, 9
Maria Eduarda, 7
Maria Cecilia, 6
Murilo, 6 – (pronounced moo-ree-loh) based on the Spanish surname Murillo, which is derived from the Spanish word muro, meaning “wall.”
The newspaper mentioned that Maria Alice has been on the rise in Brazil since the mid-2020 birth of celebrity baby Maria Alice, firstborn daughter of Brazilian singer Zé Felipe and Brazilian influencer Virginia Fonseca. (The couple’s second daughter, Maria Flor, was born in late 2022 — making “Maria Flor” a combo to look out for in future Brazilian rankings.)
The name Rebeca also rose in 2022 following the success of Brazilian gymnast Rebeca Andrade at the 2020 Summer Olympics, which were held in mid-2021 due to COVID-19. Andrade won a gold medal in the vault and a silver medal in the individual all-around (placing second to Sunisa Lee of Team USA).
I’ve never posted rankings for Toledo before, but I did post Brazil’s 2021 rankings a few months back, if you’d like to compare this list to that one.
According to Eesti Statistika, the 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.
At the age of 71, retired Prussian military leader Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher returned to active service after war broke out (again) between Prussia and France in early 1813.
Later the same year, he was one of the victors in the Battle of Leipzig (the “largest military engagement in 19th-century Europe”), and, in mid-1815, he became an important contributor to the Allied defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.
Many dozens of babies were named for Blücher in the early 1800s. Most of them were born in Germany and England, but others were born in the U.S. and elsewhere. Here’s a sampling…
Frederick Von Blucher Scrutton, b. 1814 in England
after former Argentine soccer player Ricardo Gareca, who now manages Peru’s national team
Mark Zuckerberg (2)
Bo-derek (1) + Boderek (1)
Finally, Peru has put together several cool online booklets (PDFs) highlighting the names and naming practices of various indigenous groups within the country, so here’s a sampling of names from each of the booklets…
Phuyo, “bird feather”
Qhispi, “quartz, rock crystal, transparent object, mirror”
Thalutari, “calming, lulling”
Chabaka, species of toucan
Kamore, “galaxy, milky way”
Sabaro, species of parrot
Yonamine, “act of looking at you”
Esámat, “heal the wound”
Nanchíjam, “little bird that eats rice”
Púmpuk, owl species
Tíi, “hard as stone” (implies stoicism)
Kukiri, “pigeon, dove”
Nup’i, “the heat that is received from the sun’s rays”