Male and female first names

Maria, Marie, Monique, Martine…

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Maria, Marie, Monique, Martine…

Female names with "M" are the most common in Belgium

Belgian women often have a first name starting with the letter M: Maria, Marie, Monique and Martine are the 4 most common female names. Nathalie completes the top 5, according to the new figures of Statbel, the Belgian statistical office.

For women, Maria is by far the most common first name in Flanders and in Brussels, while Marie ranks first in Wallonia.

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Only for girls younger than 18 is Emma the most common, although Marie also ranks second in this category.

Belgium

Younger than 18 # Between 18 and 64 # 65 or older #
1 Emma 12.285 1 Maria 42.167 1 Maria 86.333
2 Marie 9.413 2 Nathalie 39.855 2 Marie 52.452
3 Louise 9.059 3 Marie 38.276 3 Monique 27.409

Jean, Marc, Patrick…

For men, Jean is the most common, followed by Marc, Patrick, Luc and Michel. Marc is the most common first name in Flanders, Jean in Wallonia and Mohamed in Brussels.

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Age also plays a role. For boys younger than 18, Lucas, Noah and Louis are the most common first names. Marc, Patrick and Luc rank first among men aged 18 to 64. As for men aged 65 or older, the most common first names are Jean, André and Roger.

Belgium

Younger than 18 # Between 18 and 64 # 65 or older #
1 Lucas 10.946 1 Marc 53.478 1 Jean 39.768
2 Noah 10.428 2 Patrick 49.236 2 André 25.976
3 Louis 10.166 3 Luc 40.512 3 Roger 22.729

Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, publishes these first names of the Belgian population per sex and age group, and also per municipality. Therefore, you can also check the top 5 for your municipality, or where your own first name is the most common.

Top 10 women
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First names of women in 2018 (top 10)

Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
1 Maria 130.537 1 Maria 99.780 1 Marie 46.266 1 Maria 11.001
2 Marie 100.141 2 Marie 45.356 2 Nathalie 20.576 2 Marie 8.519
3 Monique 41.843 3 Rita 30.691 3 Maria 19.756 3 Fatima 6.069
4 Martine 41.397 4 Ann 24.920 4 Anne 19.517 4 Anne 4.667
5 Nathalie 40.392 5 Martine 23.973 5 Isabelle 18.907 5 Sarah 3.608
6 Anne 38.912 6 Monique 22.864 6 Monique 15.989 6 Nathalie 3.209
7 Rita 35.227 7 Marleen 22.835 7 Françoise 15.631 7 Anna 3.208
8 Nicole 34.115 8 Anna 22.453 8 Christine 15.279 8 Monique 2.990
9 Anna 32.332 9 Godelieve 19.372 9 Martine 14.845 9 Jacqueline 2.894
10 Christine 32.284 10 Linda 18.241 10 Véronique 14.370 10 Nicole 2.777
Source: Statbel (Directorate-general Statistics - Statistics Belgium)
Top 10 men
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First names of men in 2018 (top 10)

Belgium Flemish Region Walloon Region Brussels-Capital Region
1 Jean 72.734 1 Marc 45.408 1 Jean 39.210 1 Mohamed 13.397
2 Marc 65.439 2 Jan 40.425 2 Michel 30.227 2 Jean 7.029
3 Patrick 52.050 3 Luc 40.013 3 Philippe 27.389 3 Mohammed 4.768
4 Luc 49.893 4 Patrick 34.524 4 Pierre 21.258 4 Michel 4.452
5 Michel 49.576 5 Dirk 32.003 5 Alain 20.161 5 Philippe 4.342
6 Philippe 42.921 6 Peter 31.628 6 Nicolas 19.237 6 Ahmed 4.147
7 Jan 42.327 7 Johan 30.491 7 Christian 17.584 7 Pierre 4.122
8 André 38.078 8 Bart 28.861 8 André 16.502 8 David 3.914
9 Paul 35.548 9 Jean 26.495 9 Daniel 16.474 9 Nicolas 3.910
10 David 35.194 10 Paul 26.277 10 Marc 16.423 10 Daniel 3.897
Source: Statbel (Directorate-general Statistics - Statistics Belgium)