The most popular first names in 2020: Bavaria is stepping out of line
Choosing a name for their unborn child is not easy for many parents-to-be. These are the most popular first names in Bavaria in 2020.
Bavaria – Sophia and Lukas are in Freistaat this year Bavaria according to a ranking by first name expert Knud Bielefeld, the most popular first names of new parents.
In the Free State, there are clear deviations in comparison to the rest of Germany when it comes to the most popular first names. (Iconic image) © Fabian Strauch/dpa
Emilia and Maximilian followed in second place, followed by Hannah and Felix in third place. For the statistics available to the German Press Agency, Bielefeld evaluated around 23 percent of all birth reports in Germany.
Emma, Mia, Anna, Lea, Lena, Luisa and Clara were also popular with Bavarian parents. In 2020, Leon, Jakob, Elias, Luis, Paul, Jonas and Noah convinced many parents when it came to the boy names.
This puts the Free State out of line with the nationwide top 10 list. There, in 2020, Mia, Emilia and Hannah as well as Noah, Ben and Matteo are at the top.
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Emma, Sophia, Lina, Ella, Mila, Clara and Lea follow with the girls. Finn, Leon, Elias, Paul, Henry, Luis and Felix are still very popular with the boys.
Traditionally, there are regional peculiarities in the first names. According to Bielefeld, the names Josef, Korbinian, Xaver, Antonia, Franziska and Magdalena were particularly common in the Free State.
As a small comparison: Bosse, Jonte, Lasse, Janne, Jette and Lene are popular in Schleswig-Holstein.
For the statistics, Bielefeld and his helpers evaluated the baby galleries from maternity clinics and official gazettes from 465 locations. For the year 2020, he recorded and evaluated almost 180,000 birth reports from all over Germany. This corresponds to about 23 percent of all children born in 2020. In 2019, around 781,000 newborns were born in Germany. The figures for 2020 are not yet available.
Bielefeld has been publishing ranking lists of first names since 2006. The Society for the German Language also publishes similar statistics. In a forecast in mid-December, she saw Emil and Lena with the best chances for the first places nationwide.
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