Family names and First names

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    Arthur is for the first time the most popular boy name

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    Arthur is for the first time the most popular boy name

    Arthur is for the first time the most popular name of newborn boys in Belgium. For girls, Emma is year after year far above the others, according to the new figures of Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, on first names and family names.

    Newborn babies: Arthur & Emma

    Arthur is the most popular first name for boys born in 2018 in Belgium. 565 children were named Arthur. This name has been on the rise for several years, and is now at the top of the list for the first time.

    Evolution of the first name Arthur: Search for your own first name in our tool!

    The rest of the top 10 remains virtually unchanged compared to 2017:

    Belgium #
    1 Arthur 565
    2 Noah 553
    3 Adam 548
    4 Louis 547
    5 Liam 539
    6 Lucas 519
    7 Jules 509
    8 Victor 476
    9 Gabriel 429
    10 Mohamed 420

    The baby names that were given only 5 times to newborn boys in 2018 include Adriaan, Ignace and Marnix, among others. 

    Emma remains first for girls who were born in 2018: 608 babies were called Emma, a lot more than the 554 babies that were given the name Olivia.

    Evolution of the first name Emma. Search for your own first name in our tool!

    The complete top 10 of girls' names in 2018:

    Belgium #
    1 Emma 608
    2 Olivia 554
    3 Louise 545
    4 Mila 536
    5 Alice 422
    6 Juliette 373
    7 Elena 369
    7 Marie 369
    9 Sofia 368
    10 Lina 362

    At the bottom of the list of the girls' names in 2018 there are, for example, more phonetic spellings of a name, such as Liss, Alies or Rozie. At the same time, names like Tina, Wendy or Annie are becoming less and less common: last year they were given to five babies only.

    Men and women: Jean & Maria

    The classic men's and women's names are still strongly represented, even though the numbers of the top 3 are decreasing steadily. Jean comes first for men. 72,734 men still had that name in 2018 as against 70,528 on 01/01/2019.

    Among women, Maria outnumbers by far the other fist names: as many as 125,779 women have that first name, although they were still 130,537 in 2018.

    The top 10 of the men’s and women’s first names:

    Men, Belgium, all ages:

    Belgium #
    1 Jean 70,528
    2 Marc 64,762
    3 Patrick 51,708
    4 Luc 49,449
    5 Michel 48,637
    6 Philippe 42,545
    7 Jan 41,775
    8 André 36,699
    9 David 35,422
    10 Paul 34,839

    Women, Belgium, all ages:

    Belgium #
    1 Maria 125,779
    2 Marie 97,786
    3 Martine 41,104
    4 Monique 41,098
    5 Nathalie 40,284
    6 Anne 38,526
    7 Rita 34,972
    8 Nicole 33,663
    9 Christine 32,064
    10 Anna 31,804

    Family names: Peeters & Janssens

    Family names such as Peeters, Janssens and Maes are most often represented in the top 10,000 of the family names on 01/01/2019. The complete top 10:

    Belgium #
    1 Peeters 31,467
    2 Janssens 28,972
    3 Maes 24,829
    4 Jacobs 19,337
    5 Mertens 18,089
    6 Willems 17,935
    7 Claes 15,947
    8 Goossens 15,412
    9 Wouters 15,191
    10 De Smet 13,638

    With only 180 persons, names like Van Reybrouck, Vanderauwera, Vleminx, Jeanfils and Frère bring up the rear in the list of the 10,000 most common family names.