Top City Baby Names Around the World
When we published our exclusive lists of most popular urban baby names around the world a few months ago, you cheered….and complained.
But you wanted more. You were curious about name popularity in not just Anglophone cities, but in a diverse range of metropolises on every continent from a variety of cultures.
So we analyzed the most-visited names of the past year in a far-flung collection of 23 cities. We tried to balance traffic numbers and city size and diversity. Sure, we have more visitors from Houston and Manchester than we do from Berlin and Lagos, but we wanted to include more cities where English was not the primarily language. And yes, Mexico City and Lima are much larger cities than Kingston, but we have twice as many visitors from the Jamaican capital.
A few observations: A handful of names such as Olivia, Cora, and Amara for girls, various forms of Alexander and Jack for boys are favored in such a wide range of cities that they can truly be considered international favorites.
Other names that rank highly in one city do so for understandable reasons: Of course parents in Tel Aviv search for Israeli favorite Noa while Dublin parents choose the Irish Laoise and Donnacha, while parents in Lagos like Desmond after African human rights activist tutu and parents in Kingston favor Kymani, the name of a son of Bob Marley, along with place-name Kingston.
And then there are those names whose popularity can be understood only by a native. Why is Antonious a top boys’ name in Berlin, for instance, while Parisians love the Welsh girls’ name Sian? What makes Celestine a favorite for girls in Manila while in Nairobi parents favor Byron? Please, enlighten us!!
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on April 6th, 2018 at 6:54 am
Love this! Awesome and unexpected collection of names.
on April 6th, 2018 at 10:51 am
What about Moscow? You can’t ignore the capital of the biggest country in the world…
on April 6th, 2018 at 11:02 am
@moonstone We’re not “ignoring” Moscow, we simply don’t have enough visitors from that city to get significant readings on popular names. The population of Nameberry World is very different from real world, with huge cities like Moscow and Mexico City sending a relative handful of visitors.
on April 6th, 2018 at 11:19 am
Calgary’s taste is spot on
on April 6th, 2018 at 12:19 pm
@pam: I see, thanks for the clarification. I can (sort of) see where it’s coming from – Russian names are really different from European/American, so Russian parents are probably just using some Russian naming sites instead of Nameberry.
on April 6th, 2018 at 4:58 pm
No Spain though 🙁
on April 6th, 2018 at 5:16 pm
@moonstone One big factor is how many people in that country speak English, given that Nameberry is written in English. Many fewer people speak English in Russia than in China, for example, where English is a required school subject. Also our traffic from Spanish speaking countries around the world is lower because there’s a distinct Spanish naming culture and fewer Spanish people than say Germans or Dutch speak English. No Italy or Japan either for the same reasons!
on April 7th, 2018 at 7:22 am
I don’t understand, is it supposed to be popular names?
Because none of the Parisian top are actually popular. Millicent doesn’t even appear on the stats (meaning if it’s given, there is less then 3 Millicent per year). They are only a 120 girls named Sian in France. None of them are in the top 100 and only 3 of them are in the top 300. Albert and Maeva were popular a long time ago. My mom almost named me Maeva 🙂
on April 7th, 2018 at 9:01 am
Audrey and Jack are spot on for Beijing. I was surprised to see Ace and Allegro, though… Better than my favorite English name from among my students this year, Amoeba.
on April 7th, 2018 at 2:30 pm
@McCharlie it’s names that are visited frequently on nameberry in those countries. The people who are looking at them may very well not be using them. Which is why, I assume, the mass majority of them are in English, even when they are non-English speaking countries.
on April 9th, 2018 at 1:42 pm
Love these posts! Is it possible to share more then the top 5 (particularly for the first set of cities)? Would love to see more.
on October 10th, 2019 at 5:51 pm
It’s clear that in Russia we don’t have enough people speaking English, but I can say some of popular names here: Maria, Sofia, Milana, Vasilisa, Daria, Tatiana, Elena, Olga etc
For boys: Ivan, Vasiliy, some kind of traditional Russian names ended on -mir or -slaz like Vladimir, Vyacheslav, Vladislav etc
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