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'Marie' and 'Maximilian' top Germany's 2009 baby name list

The Local · 18 Feb 2010, 16:54

Published: 18 Feb 2010 16:54 GMT+01:00

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The name Marie has held the top spot for girls since 1999, excluding the year of 2008, when Sophie took the honour. Meanwhile the distinguished Maximilian was the most common boys’ name for both 2008 and 2009.

The Society for German Language in Wiesbaden has published the list of Germany’s most popular names since 1977. Rankings are based on a nationwide sample of 225 registry offices.

On the 2009 chart for boys, Maximilian was followed Alexander, Leon, Paul, Luca, Elias, Felix, Lukas/Lucas, Jonas and David. This year Jonas bumped Tim off the top ten list.

After Marie, Sophie fell to number two and was trailed by Maria, Anna, Emma, Mia, Sophia/Sofia, Leonie, Lena, and Johanna. Mia is new to the group of top ten.

Regional rankings from West Germany showed some variation from the national charts, though. For girls, Anna was the most popular name in Donauwörth, Lena was most-beloved in Hofgeismar und Langenau, and Leonie led the pack in Siegen. For baby boys, Ben topped the list in Eisenhüttenstadt and Georgsmarienhütte, while Julius was number one in Greven, Mohamed topped the charts in Langen, and Samuel in Illertissen.

Names that appeared only once in the 2009 registry included Fridolin, Leeland, Nealjano, Siddhart, Hermine, Haruka und Sharpay.


1. Maximilian

2. Alexander

3. Leon

4. Paul

5. Luca

6. Elias

7. Felix

8. Lukas/Lucas

9. Jonas

10. David


1. Marie

2. Sophie

3. Maria

4. Anna

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5. Emma

6. Mia

7. Sophia

8. Leoni

9. Lena

10. Johanna

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Your comments about this article

17:57 February 18, 2010 by Celeon
A early christian pacifist martyr and one of the greatest conquerers in history on place one and two for boy names :-D

I wonder how a psychologist like Sigmund Freud would comment this german choice. :-D
01:50 February 19, 2010 by Alofat
It would probably more interesting to him that you actually came up with that connection, just saying.
06:24 February 19, 2010 by 1FCK_1FCK
What happened to good old-fashioned names like Gudrun, Irmgard, Horst, Helmut, Lothar, Irmfried, Siegfried, Reinhard, Sigmund, etc?

I'm sure native Deutschen here can come up with some more fabulous names from the past.
17:24 February 20, 2010 by amphioxus
I agree with 1FCK_1FCK What about those glorious old names?? Let us have more of the old names! Sigmund Freud? Are you serious??
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