Family names and First names

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    Emma dethroned by Olivia

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    Emma dethroned by Olivia

    After 16 years of reigning as the most popular first name for newborn girls in Belgium, Emma is replaced in 2019 by Olivia, who meets the challenge of being first in both Flanders and Wallonia.

    Arthur is the most popular first name among boys for the second 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 2019. 651 babies were named Olivia, almost 100 more than the previous year and significantly more than the 563 babies who were given Emma as their first name. Emma was the most popular first name for girls since 2003.

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

    The top 10 female first names in 2019

    Belgium #
    1 Olivia 651
    2 Emma 563
    3 Mila 518
    4 Louise 515
    5 Alice 407
    6 Lina 388
    7 Juliette 378
    8 Anna 349
    9 Elena 347
    10 Lucie 343

    Less popular first names are Athena, Divine or Miracle. First names such as Jolie, Lovely and Melody were also given only five times in 2019.

    Arthur is the most popular first name for the boys born in Belgium in 2019 : 610 children were given this first name. It has been in fashion for a few years now and comes first in the top 10 for the second time.

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

    The top 10 male first names in 2019

    Belgium #
    1 Arthur 610
    2 Liam 575
    3 Louis 549
    4 Noah 545
    5 Adam 504
    6 Jules 470
    7 Lucas 451
    8 Victor 449
    9 Gabriel 391
    10 Mohamed 357

    Zinedine, Rares, Priam, Olaf or more musical first names such as Jazz and Django are first names that were given only 5 times to boys born in 2019 .

    Men and women: Jean & Maria

    Classical male and female first names are still strongly represented in 2020, although the numbers in the top 3 are steadily declining. Jean ranks first among men. 70,528 men still bore this name in 2019 against only 68,298 on 01/01/2020. In the top 10, David ranks a place higher at the expense of André while Thomas enters the top 10, ejecting Paul.

    Maria is well in the lead among women: 121,316 women bear this first name, even though they were still 125,779 in 2019. The top 10 remains unchanged compared to last year.

    Top 10 of male and female first names

    Men, Belgium, all ages

    Belgium #
    1 Jean 68,298
    2 Marc 64,150
    3 Patrick 51,291
    4 Luc 49,022
    5 Michel 47,681
    6 Philippe 42,153
    7 Jan 41,172
    8 David 35,593
    9 André 35,366
    10 Thomas 34,713

    Women, Belgium, all ages:

    Belgium #
    1 Maria 121,316
    2 Marie 95,436
    3 Martine 40,817
    4 Monique 40,332
    5 Nathalie 40,184
    6 Anne 38,087
    7 Rita 34,687
    8 Nicole 33,235
    9 Christine 31,889
    10 Anna 31,399

    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 01/01/2020. The top 10:

    Belgium #
    1 Peeters 31,304
    2 Janssens 28,773
    3 Maes 24,735
    4 Jacobs 19,229
    5 Mertens 17,988
    6 Willems 17,851
    7 Claes 15,896
    8 Goossens 15,342
    9 Wouters 15,107
    10 De Smet 13,577

    At the very bottom of the list of the 10,000 most frequent family names, we find names such as De Lannoy, Gaillez, Leekens, Olislagers, Pâques or Vanderauwera, with only 181 people bearing them.