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Top City Baby Names Around the World

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

When we published our exclusive lists of most popular urban baby names around the world a few months ago, you cheered….and complained.

You loved knowing which names were most popular among Nameberry readers in our cities with the most visitors, from London to Los Angeles, Chicago to Sydney.

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!!

Amsterdam

  1. Charlotte

  2. Olivia

  3. Jolie

  4. Lilou

  5. Sadie

  6. Soren

  7. Casper

  8. Flint

  9. Oskar

  10. Riley

Auckland

  1. Eleanor

  2. Charlotte

  3. Cora

  4. Maeve

  5. Violet

  6. Charlie

  7. Thomas

  8. Arthur

  9. Asher

  10. Cohen

Bangkok

  1. Amara

  2. Nara

  3. Alice

  4. Claire

  5. Fleur

  6. Atticus

  7. Chad

  8. Quincy

  9. Theodore

  10. Wyatt

Beijing

  1. Arianna

  2. Audrey

  3. Amara

  4. Claire

  5. Layla

  6. Ace

  7. Allegro

  8. Amory

  9. Davis

  10. Jack

Bengaluru

  1. Alizeh

  2. Asha

  3. Kannika

  4. Elsa

  5. Jerusha

  6. Aryan

  7. Aarav

  8. Revel

  9. Alfie

  10. Anson

Berlin

  1. Sienna

  2. Aura

  3. Fenna

  4. Myra

  5. Sebastia

  6. Bastian

  7. Beckett

  8. Jasper

  9. Antonious

  10. Aro

Calgary

  1. Amelia

  2. Esme

  3. Emilia

  4. Isabella

  5. Aurelia

  6. Angus

  7. Atticus

  8. Axel

  9. Bodhi

  10. Felix

Cape Town

  1. Aurora

  2. Leah

  3. Amelia

  4. Caitlin

  5. Keziah

  6. Jasper

  7. Matthew

  8. Thomas

  9. Xavier

  10. Austin

Dubai

  1. Alizeh

  2. Mary

  3. Amara

  4. Ava

  5. Olivia

  6. Atticus

  7. Alec

  8. Alexander

  9. Aryan

  10. Christian

Dublin

  1. Isla

  2. Sadie

  3. Evie

  4. Laoise

  5. Maisie

  6. Jack

  7. Donnacha

  8. Charlie

  9. Harry

  10. Ruadhan

Hong Kong

  1. Charlotte

  2. Olivia

  3. Hailey

  4. Hazel

  5. Audrey

  6. Axel

  7. Jack

  8. Xavier

  9. Adrian

  10. Anson

Istanbul

  1. Alisa

  2. Arabella

  3. Aurora

  4. Caia

  5. Talia

  6. John

  7. Lucian

  8. William

  9. Adam

  10. Alan

Kingston

  1. Adelaide

  2. Jade

  3. Milani

  4. Talia

  5. Tiana

  6. Kingston

  7. Kymani

  8. Lliam

  9. Merrick

  10. Zachary

Lagos

  1. Mirabel

  2. Annabel

  3. Isabella

  4. Juliet

  5. Christabel

  6. Desmond

  7. Henry

  8. Nathaniel

  9. Charles

  10. Oscar

Manila

  1. Athena

  2. Mae

  3. Kathleen

  4. Olivia

  5. Celestine

  6. Axel

  7. Xavier

  8. Atticus

  9. Caius

  10. Kian

Nairobi

  1. Lucy

  2. Olivia

  3. Ivy

  4. Jasmine

  5. Juliet

  6. Jayden

  7. Calvin

  8. Asher

  9. Byron

  10. Judah

Paris

  1. Anouk

  2. Astrid

  3. Maeva

  4. Millicent

  5. Sian

  6. Julian

  7. Albert

  8. Joaquin

  9. Roman

  10. Saul

Sao Paolo

  1. Olivia

  2. Beatrice

  3. Eleanor

  4. Mia

  5. Rae

  6. Alex

  7. Oliver

  8. Henrique

  9. Maverick

  10. Piers

Seoul

  1. Leah

  2. Olivia

  3. Anais

  4. Elsie

  5. Eva

  6. Daniel

  7. Leonardo

  8. Rory

  9. Rufus

  10. Ulysses

Singapore

  1. Giselle

  2. Cora

  3. Eleanor

  4. Isabella

  5. Kyra

  6. Jasper

  7. Xavier

  8. Ezekiel

  9. Raphael

  10. Ryker

Stockholm

  1. Olivia

  2. Alba

  3. Seraphina

  4. Sienna

  5. Amara

  6. Otis

  7. Benjamin

  8. Finn

  9. Jack

  10. Julian

Tel-Aviv-Yafo

  1. Naya

  2. Noa

  3. Cora

  4. Elisheva

  5. Evangeline

  6. Adam

  7. Ariel

  8. Ido

  9. James

  10. Lenny

Warsaw

  1. Apollonia

  2. Cleo

  3. Mila

  4. Selene

  5. Tallulah

  6. Theodore

  7. Amadeus

  8. Flynn

  9. Gui

  10. Joachin

About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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