International Faves: Top names across the globe

As we eagerly await the revelation of what the top names were in the US last year, we thought it might be fun to see what international faves were heading the lists in other parts of the world.  Which American favorites were also among the three preferred choices in other countries (Jacob in Argentina, Noah in Belgium)?  And which names shone internationally in their local variations (eg Lucas, Lukas, Luka).  Are there some less familiar names worthy of importing (FlorenciaZuzannaNoam?).

We’ve taken a look at the three highest-ranking names across the globe in the last year counted and here are the most interesting results, with the American rankings for comparison.


Alice#2 in Sweden (Number 172 in the US)

Ana#2 in Brazil

Ava#3 in Scotland (Number 5 in the US) 

Ayatop name in Libya

Camila#3 in Puerto Rico

Catalina, #3 in Chile

Chloe# 3 in Australia (Number 9 in the US)

Constanza, #2 in Chile

Emily#2 in Ireland (Number 6 in the US)

Emmatop name in France, Belgium and Norway, #3 in Netherlands and Ireland (Number 3 in the US)

Florenciatop name in Uruguay, #3 in Chile

Giuliatop name in Italy

Isabellatop name in Denmark and Australia (top name in the US)

Jazmin#3 in Argentina

Juliatop name in Poland, #2 in Netherlands, #3 in Brazil and Sweden (Number 55 in the US)

Juliette#3 in Quebec

Kamila#2 in Puerto Rico

Léa—top name in Quebec, #3 in Belgium

Louise#2 in Belgium

Luciatop name in Spain

Majatop name in Sweden (Number 67 in the US)

Mariatop name in Brazil (Number 86 in the US)

Maria Fernanda#1 in Mexico

Mariam#3 in Tunisia

Martinatop name in Chile

Maya# 3 in Israel (Number 67 in the US)

Mia#1 in Puerto Rico (Number 10 in the US)

Morena#2 in Argentina

Noa—top name in Israel

Nora# 3 in Norway (Number 159 in the US)

Oliviatop name in England and Ontario, #2 in Scotland (Number 4 in the US)

Ruby# 2 in Australia (Number 113 in the US)

Shira#2 in Israel

Sophietop name in Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, #2 in Norway (Sophie is 59 in the US, Sophia #2)

Valentinatop name in Argentina (Number 152 in the US)

Valeria#2 in Mexico

Ximena–#3 in Mexico

Zuzanna#3 in Poland


Angel#2 in Puerto Rico

Aziatop name in Tunisia

Bentop name in Germany

Benjamintop name in Chile (Number 22 in the US)

Diego–#2  in Mexico

Dimitrios#3 in Greece

Eliastop name in Finland

Emiltop name in Norway

Gabriel#3 in Brazil (Number 21 in the US)

Giorgios—top name in Greece

Harry#3 in the UK (Number 658 in the US)

Ian#3 in Puerto Rico

Itai–#2 in Israel

Jack#2 in the UK and Australia (Number 44 in the US)

Jacob#2 in Argentina (top name in the US)

Jakobtop name in Czech Republic

Joaquin#3 in Argentina

João—top name in Brazil

Jules#3 in France

Konstantinos#2 in Greece

Leon#2 in Germany

Lucas—(#2 in Netherlands, Belgium and France; Lucas/Lukas–#3 in Germany and Sweden (Number 35 in the US),

Luistop name in Mexico

Luka—top name in Croatia

Lukas–#2 in Austria

Marko#3 in Croatia

Mathias#2 in Norway

Matías–#3 in Chile

Maximiliantop name in Austria

Miguel Angeltop name in Mexico (Michael is Number 3 in the US)

Nathantop name in France, #3 in Belgium (Number 27 in the US)

Nicolás—# 3 in Uruguay (Nicholas is Number 38 in the US)

Noahtop name in Belgium (Number 7 in the US)

Noam–#1 in Israel

Olivertop name in the UK, #3 in Australia (Number 88 in the US)

Oscartop name in Sweden (Number 147 in the US)

Pedro#2 in Brazil

Rentop name in Japan

Santiago#2 in Uruguay

Semtop name in Netherlands

Tobias#3 in Austria (Number 519 in the US)

Tomás—# 3 in the Czech Republic (Thomas is Number 62 in the US)

Uri#3 in Israel

Vicente#2 in Chile

William—top name in Australia and Denmark, #2 in Sweden, #3 in Norway (Number 5 in the US)


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19 Responses to “International Faves: Top names across the globe”

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Alexandra.Iseult Says:

May 7th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

I have to say, it was a bit depressing seeing Giulia as the top name in Italy. Having a popular first name, I always took pride in having that as an unpopular and unique middle name, but apparently it’s not that special.

thetxbelle Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 12:09 am

It’s interesting to see how globalization has affected naming, but it’s also a little depressing to me.

OT am I the only one having trouble posting comments? Hope I havent repeat posted here.

Noetje Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 12:37 am

I’m not really sure why it’s depressing to have a name that’s popular halfway across the globe, but not where you live. I’m not really sure why it’s depressing to have a popular name. These are current statistics and are not for our generation.

scribe Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 1:20 am

Wonderful. I’m excited to see what the new top names are. 🙂

moxielove Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 1:48 am

Amazed at Emma’s dominance in the western world.

I would have also liked to have seen many more eastern (for lack of a better term) names here, from Tibet, Iran, Thailand etc. etc. Not sure why these wouldn’t be considered “interesting” except as a judgent (likely an accurate one) of their lack of cross-over potential

SoDallas3 Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 2:09 am

I agree with Chloe! I actually hate the name because in Australia it is everywhere.

Poppy528 Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 2:47 am

I love Mariam and Emil best. Ren is really cute! Uri, I guess short for Urijah, is growing on me since dear hubby has me watching the Ultimate Fighter show recently.

Camila, Morena, and Jazmin are just too close to birth control brand names for me. That would be an awkward sibset.

Chiara Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 4:42 am

Actually Giulia is no longer the top name in Italy. As of 2010, it has been replaced by Sofia

rosamonte Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 6:27 am

I have stumbled across that list online that shows Jacob as a top name in Argentina, too, but that list is definitely incorrect.

Samantha-Bianca Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 7:01 am

It’s no surprise that Harry is popular in the UK and William is popular in Australia. That’s our Crown Prince and his hot-ginger brother!! Haha.
Same could be said about Denmark and the name Isabella. They love their royals, too, and Isabella is a family name for them, and the name of Crown Prince Frederik & Princess Mary’s (an Aussie!!) eldest daughter.

Isabella’s popularity elsewhere is due to one thing…Twilight, lol.

Sarah.Jane Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 7:32 am

I love the variety on this list!
I am not surprised that Julia is popular in Poland because I have three polish friends in the US who have named their daughters (under 2) Julia.
I hope the US list has some diversity in it this year.

mermuse Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 9:34 am

Ian is #3 for boys in Puerto Rico? Does that seem completely strange to anyone else?

babynamesrule Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

VERY cool list! I agree, Ian is quite surprising. And Miguel Angel is oddly specific.

katybug Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I’m surprised by Jazmin in Argentina, Ian in Puerto Rico, and Miguel Angel in Mexico. I also wonder of you add the Camilas and Kamilas together if they outnumber the Sofias in Puerto Rico.

Rin Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Ruby is #1 in New Zealand at the moment, Olivia is #2 and Sophie has dropped to #3.

Triplicate Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I agree with moxie. I really want to see name data for more countries not dominated by Europeans and their languages. Particularly for China and India, since there should be more babies there than anywhere else. I know China at least does care about such data – remember their issue with non-standard characters in names?

miloowen Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I love Noam….Uri is a name in itself, and also a nn for Uriel, one of the archangels. Miguel Angel is very similar to Jose Maria and Gian Battista, names that are only complete with the second part: St Michael the Archangel, Joseph and Mary, St John the Baptist.

QuirkFlower Says:

May 8th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

The ubiquitousness of Emma, Julia and Sophie is stunning!

notsoclevername Says:

May 11th, 2012 at 7:21 am

Just ‘cus I’m a sucker for a good Z name I like Zuzanna.

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