Friday 15 January 2021

Noah and Emma make it two in a row at the top of the baby names chart

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Noah and Emma were the most popular choices of name for new babies in 2020, the second year in a row that the two names have topped the ranking, according to figures complied by the social insurance bank SVB.

The SVB, which is in charge of distributing child benefits, said 807 boys were registered with Noah as a first name, and 685 girls were called Emma in the 11 months to December.

Lucas, which topped the list of boys’ names in 2018, remains in third place behind Sem, but ahead of Daan, Finn and Levi. The most popular girls’ name of 2018, Julia, is back in second place in the girl’s listing, together with Mila.

More than 167,000 babies were born in the first 11 months of the year: 85,540 boys and 81,617 girls, the SVB said.

Top 10 boys

  1. Noah
  2. Sem
  3. Lucas and Liam
  4. Daan
  5. Finn
  6. Levi
  7. Luuk
  8. Mees
  9. James
  10. Milan

Top 10 girls

  1. Emma
  2. Julia and Mila
  3. Tess
  4. Sophie
  5. Zoë
  6. Sara
  7. Nora
  8. Yara
  9. Eva
  10. Liv


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