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'Maximilian' and 'Sophie' most popular baby names of 2010

The Local · 4 Mar 2011, 08:07

Published: 04 Mar 2011 08:07 GMT+01:00

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The Wiesbaden-based GfdS compiled the 2010 list using a survey of over 330 birth registries across Germany, accounting for about 536,000 names, or just over 50 percent of all German births in 2010.

As part of its language consulting services, the GfdS also dealt with over 3,000 cases in which parents had trouble getting their babies’ names registered. These were, in most cases, names that were gender neutral or of foreign origin.

While civil registry officials are generally loath to bend strict rules on names that don’t properly reflect a baby’s gender, have unconventional spellings, or could lead to future humiliation, some unusual names were still successfully registered in 2010.

Among them were Laperla, Kantorka, Lelibeth, Belana, Quidan, Loana, Miransah, Monel, Napoleon, Lovelle, Segesta, Kix, Noredien and Nox.

But others were rejected, such as Leuis, Gihanna, Pfefferminza, Cheraldine, Partizan, Laslo (for a girl), Idjen (rather than Etienne), Menez, Junge (“Boy”) and Puppe (“Doll”).

On the whole, there was little change in the top names between 2009 and 2010. Only Hannah/Hanna and Luis/Louis were new to the top 10.

Marie, with the exception of 2008 the most popular girl name every year since 1999, trailed Sophie/Sofie by a slim margin, with both names tallying just under 10,000 registrations.

The gap between these top two girls’ names and the rest of the top 10 was significant, while a slim margin separated names like Emma from Hanna/Hannah and Lukas/Lucas from Luca/Luka.

A breakdown of compound names (such as Karl-Heinz) was not conducted, partially because most name registries do not keep official records of middle names, but also because of a law stating that middle names, like nicknames, can be modified at will.

The most popular names of 2010 are listed below (rankings from 2009 in parentheses).


1. Maximilian (1)

2. Alexander (2)

3. Paul (4)

4. Leon (3)

5. Lukas/Lucas (8)

6. Luca/Luka (5)

7. Elias (6)

8. Louis/Luis (11)

9. Jonas (9)

10. Felix (7)


1. Sophie/Sofie (2)

2. Marie (1)

3. Maria (3)

4. Sophia/Sofia (7)

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5. Mia (6)

6. Anna (4)

7. Lena (9)

8. Emma (5)

9. Hannah/Hanna (11)

10. Johanna (10)

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Your comments about this article

12:20 March 4, 2011 by peter douglas
its amazing how Germans do it in a play ground when one parent calls out aloud the name of his or her kid then you have 5 kids responding because they share a name.
14:08 March 4, 2011 by idiot
quote peter:

> its amazing how Germans do it in a play ground when one parent calls out aloud the name of his or her kid then you have 5 kids responding because they share a name.

As if the name is the only identification for a human ...
15:00 March 4, 2011 by drdavey
In britain last year the most popular boys name was variations on Mohamad
19:23 March 4, 2011 by Godelhausens
@drdavey. Did you read that in the The Sun or hear it on Fox News? Mohammed is the most popular name in the Muslim faith so yes most Muslims call their baby boy's Mohammed. So?

How many Mohammeds do you run into say compared with John or Steve?

It's all right wing scare mongering hype.
20:38 March 4, 2011 by wxman
Picking Maximillian as his son's name didn't help Hauptscharführer Wilhelm much in Inglourious Basterds.
07:23 March 5, 2011 by marimay
That movie was lame.

Kids are dumb and will assume that's how it all went down.
08:17 March 5, 2011 by Javarose
We live in rural Bayern, and I don't know a single Marie or Maria (I have 4 children in school here), which is really surprising given that 54% of the population here are Catholic. Where are all the little Maries/Marias?

On another point, what do they do about names that are unknown in Germany, but have strong cultural links in other countries?

One of my children has such a name, it is unusual even in her father's country, and I am sure she is the only one with that name in Germany. I can't help wondering if it would have been refused if she had been born here.
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