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Alice and William top Swedish baby names list

Alice and William top Swedish baby names list

Published: 21 Jan 2012 09:55 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Jan 2012 09:55 GMT+01:00

Alice and William dislodged Maja and Oscar into second and third place respectively, according to Statistics Sweden's (SCB) annual compilation.

Alice was the name given to 985 girls in 2011 and while it has been among the top-ten list since 2005, this is only the second time it has claimed top spot.

Some 1035 boys were named William in 2011 which was also the year that the heir to the British throne William married his Kate Middleton. William has however been a popular choice, alongside Oscar and Lucas, for most of the past decade.

This year's new popular name on the block is Minna. The name rocketed up the charts and was given to twice as many newborns in 2011, 311 girls, as in the previous year.

Sigrid was also high among the new arrivals among the 100 most popular girls' names. Juni, Freja and Iris were also fast climbers. Victoria, Hilma and Ruth are among the other new names featuring on the list.

It was a dark year for Kajsa and Novalie however, two previous favourites that have dropped out of the top 100.

Among the names given to boys, Olle, Loke and Tage are the fastest climbers. Some 602 boys were named Olle in 2011, up from 464 in 2010. John and Julian meanwhile disappeared from the top 100 list.

Tilde, Mary, and Tilda and Theo, Alex and Tim were among the names suffering the most dramatic declines in popularity during the year.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

23:32 January 21, 2012 by Greysuede
What's wrong with good Swedish, Scandinavic names such as Stina, Lotta, Lykke, Stig, Leif, etc.?
00:22 January 22, 2012 by Larry Thrash
We Americans will have to do all we can to preserve Swedish history and tradition on this side of the pond. Swedes have abandon Swedish culture for the pop culture of the moment.
01:01 January 22, 2012 by BillyB
Alice? who the f... is Alice??
03:07 January 22, 2012 by Greysuede
I doubt that they call their babes' names as Astrid or Gustaf in England.
12:01 January 22, 2012 by Emerentia
There are different names in different generations, its not common in Sweden to name the child after the father or grandfather (maybe the second or third name, but usually not the name the person is called). Stig is common among older men, for example people born in the forties, and Leif for exemple people born in the fifties and sixties. I guess those names will be popular again in a couple of years, maybe the children who are born in the 2010:s will call their children these names in the 2040:s. It usually takes about 100 years for a name to be popular again.
16:28 January 22, 2012 by DMEricson
At least "Mohammad" isn't #1.
04:16 January 23, 2012 by Indignerad
I can't say I think William is much better than Mohammed. It certainly isn't more Swedish.
15:25 January 23, 2012 by rise
If we keep up the import of people from the middle east at the same rate as today soon Mohammed will be the top name. It should already be among the top ten names in Skåne anyway...
18:24 January 23, 2012 by Vill
The world would be a better place if there were more people named Thor or Þor walking around.
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