The Top Global Names Right Now
The popularity of baby names is usually country- or even region-specific, with the top names in the US different from those in the UK different from those in Sweden and Spain.
But as the world gets smaller, there’s a growing cadre of names that rank highly on the lists of a wide range of countries.
With the recent release of 2019 baby name statistics from Albania, Bulgaria, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Turkey and the Flanders region of Belgium, we have brand-new data on which names are the current global stars.
These rankings are based primarily on the number of times each name featured in a national Top 10, taking into account other high rankings (where available) and the popularity of closely related names.
1. Mila — Featured in the Top 10 in Flanders, Monaco, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and in the Top 40 in Scotland. Related Milou appeared in the Dutch Top 20, alongside Milan in the Top 10 for boys.
Top International Names of 2018
There’s still a lot of national data outstanding for 2019, so the above rankings are only provisional. However, we have access to a very large range of data for the previous year: from countries as far-flung as Canada, Denmark, France, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Spain and Turkey.
Here are the international stars of 2018, based on the same criteria:
7. Mia — 9 appearances
9. Isla — 7 appearances
10. Lena (et al) — although Lena itself made only 4 appearances, the L—a shape proved hugely popular in 2018: other international Top 10 names included Lina, Lea, Lana, Lara, Lejla, Liepa, Luca and Laura.
1. Noah — 13 appearances
4. Oliver — 10 appearances
8. Adam — 5 appearances
9. Alexander — 5 appearances, including variant spellings.
10. Elias — 5 appearances
What are your favorite top international names? And which unusual international options would you recommend? Tell us below!