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Daan and Emma are the most popular Dutch childrens' names

Friday 11 January 2013

Daan and Emma have hung onto the top spot in the social insurance bank's annual ranking of most popular Dutch childrens' names.

The SVB, which pays out child benefit, registers the names of all children born in the Netherlands.

Daan and Emma topped the list in 2011 and 2009 but were pipped at the post by Sem and Sophie in 2010.


The biggest riser in popularity last year is Bram, which rose from 16th to second place. Sem, Lucas and Milan complete the boys' list.

After Emma, Sophie, Julia, Anna and Lisa are the most popular names for girls.

Last year some 176,000 babies were born in the Netherlands: 86,000 girls and 90,000 boys.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Jan, such a nice old fashioned name will probably come back in 30-40 years?

By Jan K. | 11 January 2013 5:34 PM

What a frivolous and pointless exercise? Who pays these guys who compile this innocuous "research", in these times?

By Robin J | 11 January 2013 7:05 PM

@Robin J.: considering the aforementioned office ALREADY has a register of all newborns for other legitimate purposes, it takes maybe one hour of work of a skilled IT database technician to compile all that data.

It is not like a national task force with 20 employees is reading through paper cards...

By A.L. | 11 January 2013 9:13 PM

What! No Henk.

By tina rickards | 12 January 2013 12:00 AM

In U.K. the most popular name is Mohammed. I would expect the same in NL in a few years.

By andy | 12 January 2013 12:50 AM

@Robin, if you actually had read the article you would have seen the sentence that said: "The SVB, which pays out child benefit, registers the names of all children born in the Netherlands."
So it isn't a research.

By pepe | 12 January 2013 6:54 AM

It's not paid research - it's just a basic search of an existing government database. Takes minutes, costs nothing. Trivial information maybe ... but every country does it!

By osita | 12 January 2013 7:51 AM

@Robin they already have all the names in a database, so getting the top names is a one line SQL query. It probably took less effort than you did posting that comment ;)

By Fran | 12 January 2013 1:33 PM

In 2011 in the U.K. Oliver was the most
popular boy name and Mohammed was only the 35th

By ssss | 13 January 2013 2:13 PM

NL should discover new names, like "Tex," "Wyoming," and "Butch." Just saying.

By Calvin | 14 January 2013 3:57 AM

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