Family names and First names

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    Olivia ranks first for the second year in a row

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    Olivia ranks first for the second year in a row

    Olivia is, for the second year in a row, the most popular first name given to baby girls in Belgium. It is still preferred to Emma which, after 16 years of reign, had faded away in 2019.

    Arthur is the most popular first name among boys for the third year in a row. This is what emerged from the figures of Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, on first names and family names.

    Newborn children: Olivia & Arthur

    Olivia is the most popular first name for newborn girls born in 2020. 548 babies were named Olivia, i.e. 103 fewer than the previous year and barely 19 more than the 529 babies who were given Emma as their first name. Emma was the most popular first name for girls since 2003 and could be again if this trend continues. Mila completes the podium for the second year in a row.

    The evolution of the first name Olivia. Search for your own first name in our tool!

    The top 10 female first names in 2020:

    Belgium #
    1 Olivia 548
    2 Emma 529
    3 Mila 489
    4 Louise 432
    5 Lina 411
    6 Alice 361
    7 Sofia 359
    8 Mia 353
    9 Anna 350
    10 Juliette 332

    Among the greatest improvements in the top 100, there is Alba given 87 times, i.e. an increase of 142%, Capucine (85, +55%) and Lea (with no accent) (107, +45%).

    Arthur is the most popular first name for the boys born in Belgium in 2020 : 587 children were given this first name. It has been in fashion for a few years now and for the third time tops the top 10, which lists the same first names as the previous year, in a different order.

    The evolution of the first name Arthur. Search for your own first name in our tool!

    The top 10 male first names in 2020:

    Belgium #
    1 Arthur 587
    2 Noah 564
    3 Jules 543
    4 Louis 499
    5 Lucas 467
    6 Liam 467
    7 Adam 443
    8 Victor 412
    9 Gabriel 384
    10 Mohamed 345

    Among the greatest improvements in the top 100, there is Otis given 210 times, i.e. an increase of 68%, Oliver (158, +34%) and Charles (123, +31%).

    Men and women: Jean & Maria

    Classical male and female first names are still strongly represented in 2021, although the numbers in the top 3 are steadily declining. Jean ranks first among men. 68,298 men still bore this name in 2020 against only 65,886 on 01/01/2021. Mohamed enters the top 10, ejecting André.

    Maria is well in the lead among women: 116,317 women bear this first name, even though they were still 121,316 in 2020. The top 10 remains unchanged compared to last year, except for Nathalie which takes the 4th place from Monique.

    Top 10 of male and female first names:

    Men, Belgium, all ages:

    Belgium #
    1 Jean 65,886
    2 Marc 63,436
    3 Patrick 50,917
    4 Luc 48,479
    5 Michel 46,522
    6 Philippe 41,742
    7 Jan 40,536
    8 David 35,748
    9 Mohamed 34,862
    10 Thomas 34,851

    Women, Belgium, all ages:

    Belgium #
    1 Maria 116,317
    2 Marie 92,827
    3 Martine 40,550
    4 Nathalie 40,131
    5 Monique 39,389
    6 Anne 37,602
    7 Rita 34,329
    8 Nicole 32,721
    9 Christine 31,678
    10 Anna 30,819

    Family names: Peeters & Janssens

    Family names such as Peeters, Janssens and Maes are still the most important ones in the top 10,000 of family names on 01/01/2021.

    The top 10:

    Belgium #
    1 Peeters 31,079
    2 Janssens 28,532
    3 Maes 24,594
    4 Jacobs 19,077
    5 Mertens 17,906
    6 Willems 17,747
    7 Claes 15,798
    8 Goossens 15,269
    9 Wouters 14,999
    10 De Smet 13,484

    At the very bottom of the list of the 10,000 most frequent family names, we find, with only 181 persons bearing them, names such as d'Oultremont, Preudhomme, Kohl, Maison or D'Hulst.