On Tuesday, The Local published an article about the most popular baby names in Switzerland in 2019.
Liam for boys and Mia for girls have emerged as winners.
Now let’s look specifically at what names members of the country’s foreign community gave their offspring born in Switzerland in 2019.
Italian parents favoured Maria, Anna, Francesca, Angela and Rosa for girls, and Giuseppe, Antonio, Francesco, Giovanni and Salvatore for boys.
For girls Julia, Claudia, Sabine, Anna and Susanne. For boys, the favourites were Michael, Thomas, Andreas, Christian and Alexander.
Marie, Sophie, Nathalie, Isabelle and Julie were top for girls. And Nicolas, Alexandre, Julien, Pierre and Philippe for the boys.
Girls: Maria, Ana, Sandra, Carla and Paula. Boys : José, Carlos, Manuel, Paulo,
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Maria, Ana, Laura, Carmen, Cristina for baby girls. José, Juan, Jose, Manuel, and Francisco for boys.
Most common names for girls were Fatime, Shqipe, Merita, Vlora and Valentina. For the boys, Arben, Bekim, Valon, Blerim, Leon and Burim were in the top five.
Fatime, Emine, Sara, Medina and Merita for girls, and Bekim, Muhamed, Fatmir, Arben and Amir for boys.
Favourite girls' names were Jelena, Marija, Snezana, Dragana, and Ivana. For boys, it was Aleksandar, Dragan, Nikola, Zoran, and Dejan.
Fatime, Ayse, Hastice, Elif, Zeynep were the top picks for baby girls. Mehmet, Ali, Mustafa, Ahmet and Hasan were the favourites for the boys.
Can you name your baby what you want?
Actually, not always. It's important to keep in mind that the cantonal registry offices, where new births must be announced, don't have to accept very unusual names.
Several years ago, for instance, a Zurich court ruled that parents can’t name their infant daughter ‘J’.
In another case, a couple in the canton of Bern were ordered to change the name of their newborn son because their choice – Jessico – was considered too feminine.