Tess and Sem are most popular Dutch children’s names

Tess and Sem have overtaken Emma and Daan as the most popular names for babies born in the Netherlands.

The list is compiled every year by the social insurance bank SVB which pays the child benefits every family is entitled to. Sem (740 babies) has been in the top three for years but Tess (774 babies) is a surprise new leader which was only in 10th place in 2012.

Sophie and Julia are second and third in the girl’s list. Levi and Bram follow Sem in the list of most popular boys names. Some 168,000 children were born in the Netherlands last year.

Among the more imaginative names the SVB recorded in 2013 were Ridley-Scott,Alpacino, Lexus, Provider and Blessing for boys and Tiger-Lily, Queen-Chanelly and Pepper-Seven for girls.

The SVB also identified 33 variations on the name Mohammed, which, if added together, puts the name in eighth place.

Boys list

Girls list

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