It is always interesting to take a look at the most popular names for boys and girls all over the world. The most popular given names are various depending on nationality, region and culture. In this article, we will take a look at popular names in 7 countries.
Naming trends are changing over the years, but still, most seem to stick around for a long time. At the top of the rating, you can see a boy’s name Oliver and a girl’s name Olivia. These two names are the most popular in England over the years. There are also male names George and Harry and female names Amelia and Emily.
By the way, did you know that many names have a lot of different variations depending on the country? Let’s take an English name George as an example, so we will see how it is going to change in each country.
2. Popular names in Spain
As we know, in Spain people speak in different languages, depending on the part of the country. This means that the most popular names vary from region to region. Several decades ago the most popular names for a man were José, Antonio or Francisco, and for a woman Carmen, Ana or María. Nowadays, according to the National Institute of Statistics, the most common names for girls throughout Spain are Sofía, Lucía and still María, and Martín, Hugo, and Daniel for boys.
In Spain, George will become Jorge. The name will pronounce differently – /ˈhorhɛ/.
Concerning Italy, nowadays, the top Italian boys’ name is no longer Francesco, but Leonardo. Francesco was the most popular boys’ name for over a decade, but it is now in second place, followed by Alessandro. The top 3 of girl’s names are more or less unchanged in recent years. The first position is taking Sofia, which is also a very popular international name. It is followed by Giulia and Aurora.
In Italy, George is becoming Giorgio. It is pronouncing as /ˈdʒordʒo/.
4. Popular names in Russia
Russian names can be quite puzzling to foreigners, but anyway, a lot of international names, such as Sofia or Maria, are also present. The top 3 Russian male names on the list are unchanged in recent years. First place is taking Alexander, he is followed by Sergei and Dmitry. The first place on the list of the top 3 Russian female names is taking Anastasia. Yelena and Olga took the following positions.
What is about George? George’s name in Russia is Georgy – /ˈɡeːɔɡii/.
Many German names work internationally, but, while some countries may allow any name, Germany is more strict. German names must be approved during the process of getting a German birth certificate. It means that parents can be overruled if they choose inappropriate German boys’ or girls’ names. The top of the list includes Ben, Jonas and Leon for a boy, and Mia, Emma and Hannah for a girl.
George in Germany is becoming – Georg /ˈɡeːɔʁk/.
6. Popular names in France
What names come to mind when you think of France? Maybe Jacques ou Brigitte. But, for the moment, the most popular French names are different. For many years, the only names of Catholic saints were allowed as well as “important people of the ancient world.” But the law changed in the 1960s. Foreign names started to sneak in. On the top of the list, you will find Gabriel, Louis and Raphaël as the most popular male names and Emma, Louise and Jade as the most popular female names.
In France, everybody calls George – George! But pronunciation is quite different: /ˈʒɔʁʒ/.
7. The US
The top of the popular names in the US is led by Emma at Number 1 for girls, as in France, and Liam for boys. Along with Emma, the second place is taking Olivia, and the third is for Ava. Concerning boy’s names, Noah and William are taking place after Liam.
By the way, the common language in the US is English, so George is still George.
If you are going to become parents, this article may give you some inspiration!
What names do you like the most?