Most popular first names: Marie and Maximilian – society
You could say it like this: A new era has begun for the Society for the German Language (GfdS) in Wiesbaden. She herself proclaims that she has experienced “a breakthrough change”.
The GfdS has just published the most popular first names of girls and boys from the past year. It has been doing this since 1977, but now in a new way: “For the first time, our data is no longer based on trend findings, but on the actual number of awards.” Until now, registry offices have only been able to transmit the names of newborns without specifying their position. A revision of the software meant that the GfdS could put its position lists on a scientific and representative basis.
Said position lists are anything but groundbreaking. As in the previous year, the most popular first name for girls in 2017 is Marie. Followed again by Sophie / Sofie. The following places are not surprising either, here Maria and Sophia / Sofia swap their ranks. The only new addition to the top ten is Luisa / Louisa, who made up one place and is now the tenth most popular first name. In the boys’ category, Maximilian regained first place, who was only third in the previous year. Last year’s winner Elias was relegated and slipped to fourth place. Alexander stays at two, Paul rises from four to three. The male list also has only one new among the ten most popular first names: Felix climbs from twelve to ten.
It is important to know that both first and second names are included in the top ten lists of girl and boy names. Since the 700 participating registry offices now also transmit the position of the respective names, the GfdS can also specify which name is preferred as the first name, as well as the names that are most popular in the second or later position (“subsequent names” ).
And this is where things get really interesting – because Marie and Maximilian may be the most popular first names overall, but as a first name they are by no means. The most frequently chosen first name for girls is Emma (only sixth on the overall list), while the first name for boys is Ben (fifth on the overall list). Marie and Maximilian both land only in tenth place of the most popular first names.
Incidentally, there were also some strange names in 2017. For example, the GfdS allowed parents to name their children “Cartier”, “Pacino” or “Chaplin”. “Lucifer”, “Batman”, “vom Meer” and “Pinocchio” were rejected.
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