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William and Alice defend baby name top rank

The Local · 21 Jan 2013, 11:17

Published: 21 Jan 2013 11:17 GMT+01:00

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It was a close finish for the most popular boy's name in Sweden last year, with 918 Williams pipping the 917 Oscars to the post for first place, according to Statistics Sweden's (SCB) annual compilation released on Monday.

William has been a popular choice, alongside Oscar and Lucas (third place), for most of the past decade.

For the girls, the far and away winner was Alice with 938 babies last year, streets ahead of second-placed Elsa, a name given 756 times.

The top ten for both boys and girls saw a few names in the mix, including Alva for the girls and Charlie and Filip for the boys.

Lykke was the highest placed newcomer for the girls, with 148 babies taking the name to 86th place. The popularity of award-winning Swedish singer Lykke Li is likely responsible for the surge.

For the boys, there was a slew of new names on the top 100 including Henry at 88th place, with other newcomers Julian, Levi, Colin, and Matteo not far behind.

Top ten girls' names in 2012, with total number.

1. Alice - 938

2. Elsa - 756

3. Julia - 683

4. Ella - 681

5. Maja - 670

6. Ebba - 653

7. Emma - 631

8. Linnea - 623

9. Molly - 606

10. Alva - 595

Top ten boys' names in 2012, with total number.

1. William - 918

2. Oscar - 917

3. Lucas - 908

4. Hugo - 778

5. Elias - 770

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6. Alexander - 754

7. Liam - 722

8. Charlie - 717

9. Oliver - 691

10. Filip - 673

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12:11 January 21, 2013 by Rishonim
Nothing original with those names. I actually find them rather boring. I can almost picture what the parents and kids look like. Oskar parent are middle management bankers, not so attractive and not so tall while Alice parent are wannabees and they probably spent a year living in London or Australia. She is slightly wide on the hips while he is dull as a flashlight without battery. Murgatroyd is a cool name.....
12:32 January 21, 2013 by Emerentia
@ Rishonim

Of course the most popular names are not original! That's the thing about them. If there was thousands of people who got the name Murgatroyd each year it wouldn't be original eighter.

What I find rather funny is that parents who choose one of the most popular names always go "But we chose it _before_ it was popular. We thought Elias/Elsa/Alva was a unique name."
12:45 January 21, 2013 by HenryPollard
Interesting that it's WIlliam and not Wilhelm or Vilhelm.

The Anglo-cultural conquest of Sweden goes deep.
12:55 January 21, 2013 by teejees
@ Rishonim,

I am one of the ones that chose Alice for their childrens name so I guess I must be a wannabee and I guess by your thoughts I must be wide at the hips. One thing your right about is that I did spend a year in Oz.

@ Emerentia, we did chose the name before we found out it was listed as one of the most popular names 2011 and also before the bookies came up with it as runner for Princess Estelles name. We were contemplating changing it but thought why should we, we love the name thats why we chose it.
12:57 January 21, 2013 by Svensksmith
When you have a last name like Smith, it is essential your kids are given unique first names. Someday my daughters, Orangejello and Lemonjello, will appreciate that fact.
13:17 January 21, 2013 by Rishonim
@teejees, I think you are cool :[-)
13:18 January 21, 2013 by Abe L
If you last name is smith then you should call your kid Hammer.
13:26 January 21, 2013 by snowtiger
Are they sure it's not mohammed or ahmed?
15:27 January 21, 2013 by bourgeoisieboheme
Looks like the Swedes are on the British-naming bandwagon. Add one more Swedish thing to disappear to the list!
20:05 January 21, 2013 by Emerentia
@ teejees Well, I guess that your daughter is a teenager by now then, if you chose it before it became popular, since Alice has been one of the most common names for baby girls since the 90's. I don't say that's anything wrong to choose one of the most popular names at the time, but why is it so hard to admit that they choose one of the most common names, why do parents always pretend that they thought of it as a unique name, and thought of it first, when they chose exactly the same as thousands of others.

It's like going to...like McDonalds and ordering a Big Mac and then tell people "I had this very unique meal at a place you probably havn't heard of. Very special and original!" and when you tell them that that choice isn't that original really, they go "Oh, but we choose it before everybody else did/we had no idea that other people choose that to!".

Yeah, right...
07:44 January 22, 2013 by teejees
@ Emerentia,

She was born last year however we chose the name in 2011 before that popularity poll came out for 2011. We were hoping to have a name that wasnt in the top three as people might think thats why we chose it and even if you look at this link you will see it hasn't been very popular until recently again. http://www.yeahbaby.com/world-name-popularity.php?name=Alice

We also thought that if it was number one in 2011 it was probably unlikely to be the same two years in a row. Its not that we want a totally unique name or anything but we just dont want people thinking that we chose it because it was the most popular name or because some famous person had that name. As I said after the poll came out we were thinking about changing the name but loved it so much that we decided to keep it.
09:54 January 22, 2013 by EP
These names are as exciting as the the choice of men's shoe colours in Swedish shops ... black or brown ... so lagom and boring
17:56 January 22, 2013 by Emerentia
@ teejees Yes, Alice has been on top 25-list since the 90's in Sweden as your link shows. As I said before, it's nothing wrong by chosing something that's that popular. It can become be a little bit boring though for the child to be like one of four in the same classroom with the same name at school or kindergarden, never be just "Alice" but always one of "Alice A", "Alice F", "Alice M" or "Alice S". It's a beautiful name and I think you made a good choice, I think it's a lot better than Estelle for example. You were aware that you choose one of the most popular names, a name never drops from being the most popular to be not at all popular next year, it takes a couple of years, what I was talking about is parents who pretend that they dont know that, and they have come up with some special and unique name for their child.

@ snowtiger Mohamed is nr 54 on the list. @ HenryPollard Wilhelm is nr 64 on the list. Ville (a nickname for people called William or Wilhelm, like Willy) is nr 62.
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