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Noah crosses boundaries as favourite Swiss name

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10:48 CEST+02:00
Noah was the most popular name for Swiss boys in 2011, crossing language barriers to come second among both German and French speaking parents. Mia was the most favoured girls' name thanks to its popularity among German speakers.

The Federal Office for Statistics' data on the most popular names chosen for babies born in 2011 showed that 80,808 babies were born, of which 39,182 were girls and 41,626 were boys.

Leon came first place for the boys’ names in the German-speaking part of Switzerland with 310, followed by Noah and Luca with 306 and 286 respectively. Mia topped the girls’ list with 341, followed by Lena (269) and then Elena (263).

In French-speaking Romandie, Gabriel was the most popular boys’ name with 128, followed again by Noah, (116) and then Nathan (115). The girls’ name Emma continues to be the most poplar in this part of the world, having retained first position since 2004. In 2011, 132 babies named Emma were born, followed by 113 named Chloé and 109 named Lara.

Mattia was the most popular boys’ name in the Italian-speaking part of the country (37), followed by Alessandro and Leonardo (each with 34). The most popular girls’ name from the southern-most canton were Giulia (41), Sofia (34) and Emma (31). Giulia has occupied first position here since 2008.

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