Swiss parents steadfast in baby name choices

Caroline Bishop
Caroline Bishop - [email protected] • 5 Aug, 2014 Updated Tue 5 Aug 2014 12:18 CEST
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Mia, Noah, Emma and Gabriel remain the most popular baby names in Switzerland, the federal office of statistics (BFS) said on Tuesday.

The government’s 2013 report into the naming of babies in the country found that little changed from the previous year.

As in 2012, Mia was the most popular name for girls in German-speaking Switzerland, with 313 babies given the name last year.

Noah once again took the top spot for boys in the region, with 307 newborn Swiss-Germans given the name in 2013.

It was a popular choice in Romandie too, with Swiss-French parents giving 109 babies the biblical moniker.

Though this only made it the fourth most popular name in Romandie, the combined total makes Noah the country’s top choice for baby boys.

However, in Romandie alone, Gabriel beat off Noah to top the boys’ table with 142 babies.

There were no surprises for Swiss-French girls, as Emma retained first place in 2013 for the 10th year running, with 125 babies taking the name.

Gabriel also took first place in Italian-speaking regions of the country, with Sofia holding on to the top spot for girls. The names were similarly popular in Ticino in 2012.

In Romansh regions the low number of births means that name preferences can change considerably from year to year, said the BFS.

In 2013, Jonas was the most popular name for boys, with just three babies in the region given the name, while the four girls called Chiara propelled the name to first place for girls.

Last year, 82,731 babies were born in Switzerland, of whom 40,136 were girls and 42,595 boys.

Other popular names in 2013 included Alina, Sara, Emily, Lea and Giulia for girls, and Leon, Luca, Theo, Liam, Leonardo and Mattia for boys.



Caroline Bishop 2014/08/05 12:18

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