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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:
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:
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:
Women, Belgium, all ages:
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:
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.