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Most popular Swedish baby names unveiled

Most popular Swedish baby names unveiled

Published: 20 Jan 2011 13:53 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Jan 2011 13:53 GMT+01:00

Altogether, 895 girls born in Sweden in 2010 were named Maja, or 1.6 percent of the total girls born, according to figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB).

It was the third time in the last five years that Maja topped the agency's list of popular girl names.

Among boys born in Sweden last year, Oscar was the most popular name, moving up from the number three spot in 2009.

The name has been among the 10 most popular names given to boys born in Sweden since the year 2000.

A total of 1,108 boys were named Oscar last year, or 1.9 percent of all boys born in the country.

Three new names also made their way into the top-ten list of popular boy names: Theo, Liam, and Leo. Dropping out of the top-ten were Erik, Victor, and Axel.

Among girl names, Alice, Emma and Ella all dropped in popularity, but remained in the top 10, while Julia climbed from seventh to third place.

One new name also appeared on the list of the 10 most popular girl names: Olivia.

Tove, Minna and Novalie were the three girl names which displayed the biggest jump in popularity between 2009 and 2010, although none managed to crack the top 10. Kajsa, Emelie and Cornelia, on the other hand, had the biggest decrease.

Among boy names, Frank, Elvin and Milo climbed the most in popularity, while Carl, Marcus and Jonathan had the greatest drop.

SCB also noted that many parents chose to exercise a bit of creativity in naming their children, with 4,092 girls and 3,775 boys receiving names with spellings that gave each of them a one-of-a-kind name in Sweden.

Popular Boy Names 2010 (2009)

1. Oscar (3)

2. William (3)

3. Lucas (3)

4. Elias (2)

5. Alexander (6)

6. Hugo (5)

7. Oliver (7)

8. Theo (16)

9. Liam (15)

10. Leo (14)

Popular Girl Names 2010 (2009)

1. Maja (2)

2. Alice (1)

3. Julia (7)

4. Linnéa (8)

5. Wilma (9)

6. Ella (3)

7. Elsa (3)

8. Emma (4)

9. Alva (6)

10. Olivia (17)

Source: Statistics Sweden

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13:46 January 20, 2011 by kcussmilsum
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13:52 January 20, 2011 by Rolle
Whatever happenden with good ol' fashioned swedish boys names? what a piece of sh.. names are people going with these days... 'Theo', 'Hugo', f.ing 'Liam'??!!?!
15:06 January 20, 2011 by Sweetdishgurl
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15:32 January 20, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Why didn't 'Elvis' make the list?!?!
16:03 January 20, 2011 by gabeltoon
Living in SCOTLAND I LIKE THE SOUND OF GOOD OLD swedish names. Some of these modern names are so stupid.Don't the parents think about the ridicual the kids will get.
16:44 January 20, 2011 by Antonito
Sweetdishgurl:

You are very impolite.

Wherever you live you should respect cultures, specially that of the country you are staying.

I live in Sweden and I do not consider Swedish stupids.

Being or not being stupid is not a question of the passport one has, but probably a question of the comments one makes.
18:18 January 20, 2011 by Arturio
Why Arturio is not in the list?
21:17 January 20, 2011 by Tennessee Thunder
Just name everyone Eva and Eric and be done with it,,the Swedish gov will tell ya what to name your kids.
21:43 January 20, 2011 by Rolle
@Tennessee Thunder: Actually Eric with 'c' is the.. hmmm... 'unswedish' way of spelling it (is actually pretty common, but i just lack the word for describing it). Now, put a 'k' to it and is another matter.
23:32 January 20, 2011 by CanisTrigger
The most beautiful name for a girl is Esme. For a boy, definitely Benjamin.
00:30 January 21, 2011 by technoviking
At least Muhammed's not on there... yet.
03:59 January 21, 2011 by Aureliano Buendia
@ technoviking -- my favorite swedish names are Jimmie for men and Selma for women! you know what I mean ;)
05:28 January 21, 2011 by paulhenri
Tennessee Thunder wrote, "...the Swedish gov will tell ya what to name your kids."

From The Local 2007: To my understanding, it is illegal for a child to have his/her mother's surname as the child's middle name...and more...

"...Sweden started regulating names in the early twentieth century, after concern that disreputable people were adopting noble names....

...the name law is controversial in a number of respects. It bans people from adopting first names or place names as surnames, or for people to adopt a 'generally known' foreign surname - meaning Springsteen might be tricky, while a more obscure name might be easier to get past the bureaucrats.

Swedish law also has plenty to say about first names. The tax authority can veto parents' choice of name for a new-born baby if officials decide the name could "cause trouble" for the child later in life.

They can also ban names if they 'have the character of a surname' - even though using surnames as given names is a common practice outside the Nordic region."

etc. etc. etc.

http://www.thelocal.se/9212/20071126/
13:55 January 21, 2011 by Maruf
One person is asking to the tree, "What's your name?" The tree is replaying, "I'm introduced by my fruits!!"

So human being is familiarized by his/her deeds !!
15:15 January 21, 2011 by Tusker
If your child is to grow up and become either a plumber or electrician, in Sweden, you cannot name them, either Trustworthy nor Reliable.
16:00 January 21, 2011 by MarshaLynn
My great-grandmother was Swedish. Her name was Emma Kristina. Her sisters' names were Maria Louisa and Selma Josephine. Her brothers were Anton, Gustaf, Oscar and Eric. Her parents' names were Jonas Peter and Maria Kristina. That was well over 100 years ago!

I did not realize Sweden has laws governing what parents can name their children. I would find it intolerable to have a government that so seriously restricts every aspect of people's lives.
16:14 January 21, 2011 by bcterry
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20:45 January 21, 2011 by Nordland88
Where are the names from Nordic mythology and history?

Is this cultural amnesia? or end-stage americanisation?
00:20 January 22, 2011 by kcussmilsum
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18:39 January 22, 2011 by Maler1971
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20:40 January 22, 2011 by Chickybee
It is quite disgusting that Muslims can show such disrespect by describing Swedes as stupid when it comes to the selection of Swedish boy and girls' names.

Muslims are neverending in complaining about discrimination and alienation - however they forget just how fortunate they are to live in a country as tolerant and generous as Sweden.

What thanks does Sweden get? A fanatical and deranged suicide bomber who was an asylum seeker from Iraq. It would be better for Sweden if it has to take in Iraqi immigrants to take Christian ones as they will have more rerspect and gratitude for what Sweden is doing.

Areas with high Muslim demographics not only are overrepresented in crime statistics but also have more instances of racial and religous hatred. That's a fact that multiculturalism cannot explain - it is simply not working.
21:34 January 22, 2011 by bcterry
"Areas with high Muslim demographics not only are overrepresented in crime statistics but also have more instances of racial and religous hatred. That's a fact that multiculturalism cannot explain - it is simply not working."

Wherever they go, they bring their intolerant SXXX with them.
19:32 January 23, 2011 by kcussmilsum
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00:00 January 25, 2011 by Maler1971
..........that was called "sarcasm" in case you didnt get it .
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