SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Noah and Emma were the most popular choices of name for parents in 2019, according to the annual figures complied by the social insurance bank SVB.
The SVB, which is in charge of distributing child benefits, said 785 boys were registered with Noah as a first name, as well as 731 girls called Emma, between January and November.
Lucas, which topped the list of boys’ names in 2018, slipped to third place behind Daan, but ahead of Levi, Sem and Finn. The most popular girls’ name of 2018, Julia, was fifth last year behind Mila, Sophie and Zoë.
More than 169,000 babies were born in the first 11 months of the year: 86,653 boys and 82,563 girls, the SVB said.
The lists were dominated by short names of six letters or fewer: only Benjamin (19th) and Olivier (35th) for boys, and Isabella (49th) for girls, defied the trend in the respective top 50s.
Top 10 boys Noah, Daan, Lucas, Levi, Sem, Finn, Liam, James, Milan, Luuk.
Top 10 girls Emma, Mila, Sophie, Zoë, Julia, Tess, Sara, Anna, Evi, Saar.