Popular Baby Names 2009: From here, there and everywhere
We’ve still got five months to wait before we get the official word on what the top names across America were in 2009, but in the meantime we can console ourselves with the lists that have started to come in of the most popular names in various US cities, states and even individual hospitals, and in in other cities and countries around the world.
One thing seems clear: the romantic trio of Isabella, Sophia and Olivia is running a three-way race for first place in many areas of the world, while Jack continues his reign in a number of English-speaking countries.
We’ve been looking at the lists that have been released so far and have put together a selection (or hodgepodge) of some of the more interesting choices: top-ranked international names that are barely known to us, surprising choices that have popped up in unexpected places, and just plain noteworthy names–and we’ll be updating it as more results come in.
ANDELA — #2 in Serbia
AURORA — #8 in Finland
CHARLOTTE — #2 in Canberra, Australia
DARYNA — #5 in Ukraine
EMILIA — #2 in Finland
JOVANA — #4 in Serbia
LÉA — #2 in France
LIEKE — #3 in Netherlands
LORE — #1 in Flemish Belgium
LOTTE — #4 in Flemish Belgium, #7 in Netherlands
MAISIE—fastest rising girls’ name in a UK survey
MILIKA — #1 in Serbia
NOOR — # 5 in Flemish Belgium
RIN— #1 on a Japanese survey
SANNE — #5 in Netherlands
SAKURA #2 on a Japanese survey
SIENNA — #8 in Australia
TEODORA — #3 in Serbia
COOPER — #4 in Australia, #1 in Queensland
DAAN — #1 in Netherlands
HIROTO–#1 in Japan
JUHANI — #1 in Finland
KOBE — #2 in Flemish Belgium
LACHLAN — #2 in Canberra, Australia
LARS — #1 in Flemish Belgium
LAZAR — #1 in Serbia
LUKA — #3 in Serbia
MAKSYM — #2 in Ukarine
MOHAMMED — #1 in Peterborough, England
NAZAR #1 in Ukraine
NIKOLA — #2 in Serbia
OLAVI — #5 in Finland
SEM — #2 in Netherlands
THIJS — #6 in Netherlands (pron. Tice, and used by Matt Lauer for his son)
And just to show that alternative spellings are alive and well, in one hospital in Iowa where Olivia was #1, there were also girls named Alivia, Alivya, Oliviah and Alyvia–as well as babies called Cadilac, John Wayne, Thunder and Starrie.
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on January 4th, 2010 at 9:56 am
Love the British’s taste in names =) Arizona (my home, sadly)..not so much. ANGEL?! Ugh. Love OCÉANE, really fun!
Lauren (lemon) Said
on January 4th, 2010 at 12:22 pm
A HUGE congratulations to Raquel, Patrick, Jacob, and Alanna on the arrival of Miss Sariah Raquel! She is absolutely lovely, Raquel, and she really looks like a little Sariah! Again, best wishes to you all!
on January 4th, 2010 at 2:24 pm
A plea to my fellow Englishmen and women; please stop using Harry and Charlie! They’re ten to a penny now.
on January 6th, 2010 at 4:48 pm
on January 10th, 2010 at 12:31 pm
Lots of nice names here, I really like Jovana and Milika.
on May 4th, 2010 at 9:20 am
I love the name Paisley for a girl! Not so much for a boy, it sounds way too feminine. Another name moving up the ranks for boys is Jaxon! We just got a new grandson by that name. I love it mostly because it looks like a first name more than its counterpart Jackson, which looks like a last name.
No name Said
on July 15th, 2010 at 11:25 am
I just have to comment on the Serbian names mentioned above:
– Andela is spelled with a letter that does not exist in English alphabet, and it sounds like Anjela or Angela. There is a J sound in the middle.
– Jovana is read Yovana (accent on the first syllable)
-Milika is most likely Milica (pronounced Militsa).
meaning of name Said
on April 16th, 2012 at 4:09 pm
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on November 28th, 2015 at 2:04 pm
@No Name, I completely agree! Milika should be spelled Milica
on November 28th, 2015 at 2:04 pm
And some of these are my favorite Serbian names ever!
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