Top Nameberry Names Around the World Now
Ever wondered which names are popular with Nameberry visitors in your country?
Namberry's own popular names charts are updated monthly and show the names attracting the most attention from our site visitors in (almost) real time. They’re great for predicting which names might be about to take off – especially if you live in one of our top countries for visitor numbers, like the US, the UK or Australia.
But Nameberry gets traffic from over 200 countries and territories around the world. So, which names are attracting the most attention from visitors as far afield as Israel and India, Sweden and South Africa?
Read on to find out!
Top International Name Trends
We chose 25 of our top 50 countries by visitor numbers and drilled down into the data to identify their Top 5 most viewed girl and boy names of the past year.
There are several common trends. Girl names are much more popular than boy names with visitors from almost every country on our list, with the exception of India and Pakistan.
Jayden features among the most popular boy names with visitors from all three African nations on the list: Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. And Meera and Vera are particularly popular with our visitors in South Asia and the Middle East, due to their cross-cultural appeal.
Cool micro names Luna, Kai and Milo are ones to watch throughout the English-speaking world and much of Europe, appearing on seven lists each. They are closely followed by Arlo and Aurelia, whose fashionable vowel-rich sound puts them on six lists apiece.
Boy names ending in O continue to be a big trend internationally, with Arlo, Hugo and Milo featuring on multiple Top 5 lists, plus Cosmo, Elio, Kenzo, Ludo, Marco, Miro and Niko on one list each.
And Maeve is our reigning top girl name in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US – boosted by the hit Netflix show Sex Education.
Country Specific Name Trends
But these Top 5 lists don’t just spotlight some key international trends – they also reflect something of the culture of each country on the list.
For example, Akua, Akosua and Kwaku from Ghana’s list are Akan day names, traditionally given to babies born on a particular day of the week. Swati, the top girl name in South Africa, is the name of a regional ethnic group.
Nigeria, whose population is almost evenly split between Islam and Christianity, favors Arabic or Arabic-inspired names like Jasmine and Zane, as well as Biblical choices like Rebecca and Aziel. Its lists also feature the Yoruba oriki (praise name) Aduke, meaning “one who people fight to care for”.
India’s top names also showcase the ethic, linguistic and religious diversity of the country: from Hindi Vihaan to Tamil Kavya to Arabic Sahil.
And in Ireland, all five top girl names and four of the top boy names are Irish in origin, most with their authentic Gaelic spellings. The country has seen a marked shift in recent years towards more Gaelic-language education and with it a rise in Irish names both traditional and modern.
Surprising Favorite Names by Country
But there are also some surprises among the statistics!
For example, Ludo attracts a lot of love from our visitors in Pakistan. Why? Well, it seems that the board game has long been particularly popular there. According to this article, Pakistan ranks the highest in the world for downloads of the game’s online version.
Festus, an ancient Roman cognomen which is the second most viewed boy name in Nigeria, is actually a well established choice in the country. It has been borne by famous Nigerians from midcentury politician Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh to the NBA’s Festus Ezeli.
And Spain’s interest in Coco is likely linked to the popularity there of the animated movie of the same name. Based on the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, it was the first big Disney-Pixar production to feature an all-Latino principal cast.
Others that likely owe their surprising popularity to pop culture include Cosmo in China, Mirabel in Nigeria, Wolf in the UAE, and Albus in Finland.
Then there are the true mysteries.
Why do dramatic ancient mythology names like Nyx, Freya and Zephyr get so much attention from the Philippines, a strong majority Roman Catholic nation?
Why is quirky nature name Moss so popular in New Zealand? Why are Ghanaians so interested in the Marian name turned luxury car brand Mercedes?
And why does edgy word name Danger attract so much attention from our South Asian visitors? India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal are all among the Top 5 countries to view this unconventional option.
If you know what we’re missing, let us know!
Top Nameberry Names by Country 2021
Here are the Top 5 most popular girl and boy names of the year for a selection of Nameberry's top countries by visitor numbers.
Popular Girl Names in China
Popular Boy Names in China
Popular Girl Names in Ghana
Popular Boy Names in Ghana
Popular Girl Names in India
Popular Boy Names in India
Popular Girl Names in Japan
Popular Boy Names in Japan
Popular Girl Names in New Zealand
Popular Boy Names in New Zealand
Popular Girl Names in Nigeria
Popular Boy Names in Nigeria
Popular Girl Names in Pakistan
Popular Boy Names in Pakistan
Popular Girl Names in the Philippines
Popular Boy Names in the Philippines
Popular Girl Names in South Africa
Popular Boy Names in South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Popular Girl Names in the United Arab Emirates
Popular Boy Names in the United Arab Emirates