New parents often spend weeks looking for a first name for their baby.
According to experts, there are some names that are falling on the popularity list - with one they are surprised themselves.
One of the most important decisions parents make is their baby's first name.
Name researchers publish statistics on the most popular first names every year.
Some previously popular names have slipped down the rankings because of events or people.
Munich - Well-known personalities and social events have always influenced parents when choosing a first name.
Who does not know how new parents justify that they adore a star so much that their child should be called the same?
What happened to Kevin, Chantal and Jaqueline?
- These first names are becoming increasingly unpopular
Knud Bielefeld, North German first name expert, evaluates
hospital baby galleries
first name ranking
It covers almost a quarter of all around
700,000 newborns per year
, as reported by the dpa.
The Society for the German Language (GfdS) has also been publishing a list of the most frequently given first names in Germany every year since 1977 and can thus observe the increasing or decreasing popularity of certain names.
GfdS collects your data from registry offices and thus records around 90 percent of all names given in Germany.
Few babies are called Chantal or Kevin these days.
The reason, according to the name researcher Bielefeld: In a study from 2009 it came out that primary school teachers have
prejudices against the first names Kevin, Chantal, Justin and Mandy
Certain names are stigmatized and are “spoiled” for parents.
Amazon names its virtual assistant: This also has consequences for parents' first names
The first name "
" was actually on an up and coming branch, but then in
the virtual assistant
with the same name.
Since then, “Alexa” has clearly crashed in the name ranking.
As the GfdS
, the name was still in 200th place in 2010. Since 2016, however, it has been given less and less.
In 2019, “Alexa” was only 1064 of the most popular first names.
Expert forecast: The first name "Greta" could face a sad fate
As recently as last year, experts speculated whether the Swedish climate activist's first name would shoot to the top of the ranking.
But the name remained constant around 30th place, as shown by statistics.
The Bielefeld expert even sees signs that
“Greta” will drop significantly in the 2020 ranking
“In the current sample, it is roughly 100th. It is very unusual for a name to change so much in terms of placement within a year.
This shows that the name is now simply occupied, ”said the name expert according to n-tv.de.
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