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Vilma and William top list of most popular names

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Vilma and William were the most popular names given to newborn girls and boys in Sweden last year.

Statistics published on the Alltombarn.se website have shown that girls' names were the main movers in 2007.

Emmas all over Sweden have seen their name drop off the spot for only the second time in the last fourteen year.

In fact, Emma has slipped down to fifth place, behind Vilma, Maja, Ella and Julia.

"The big surprise this year was the way Vilma came steaming along. It's rare for a name to reach the top so quickly," Anders Malmsten, creator of the Svenska Namn website, told Alltombarn.se.

But what made Vilma so popular all of a sudden?

"This can of course be traced to the TV series Skärgårdsdoktorn [The Archipelago Doctor]," said Malmsten.

Ah yes. Of course.

A total of 812 girls nationwide last year were given the name Vilma, or a variation thereof.

There were fewer changes in the list of boys' names, which Malmsten described as "much more stable".

William did however make the leap from third to first. The name is followed by Elias, Oskar and Lukas.

"The [boys'] names are more traditional. There is more happening on the girl's list," said Malmsten.

Top ten girls' names (Previous year's placing in parentheses, followed by 2007 total):

1. Vilma (7) - 812

2. Maja (2) - 776

3. Ella (11) - 764

4. Julia (3) - 732

5. Emma (1) - 728

6. Ida (6) - 684

7. Ebba (13) - 679

8. Linnea (8) - 678

9. Alice (10) - 675

10. Alva (5) - 659

Top ten boy's names (Previous year's placing in parentheses, followed by 2007 total):

1. William (3) - 1,009

2. Elias (4) - 901

3. Oskar (2) - 899

4. Lukas (1) - 897

5. Hugo (6) - 789

6. Viktor (7) - 764

7. Erik (12) - 756

8. Filip (5) - 742

9. Emil (10) - 722

10. Anton (8) - 710

Source: Alltombarn.se

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