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Press Release 19/02/2016

BIRTH STATISTICS. Most popular first names 2012-2014

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Ane and Markel are the most popular names amongst newborns in the Basque Country

Mothers of foreign nationality also opted for Basque names

Ane was the top ranking first name for girls chosen by parents, as has been the case since 1996, according to information provided by Eustat on births that occurred between 2012 and 2014 in the Basque Country. June and Irati were in second and third place, followed by Nahia, Uxue and Izaro.

Markel is the preferred name for boys, followed by Jon and Ander. After these, the names most used are Oier, Iker and Ibai.

Entering the ranking of the top 25 names for the period 2012-2014, for girls names are: Elene and Martina, replacing Eider and Nerea, compared to the period 2010-2012. Regarding boys names, entering the ranking are: Álex and Hugo, replacing Aritz and Urko.

The civil registry allows a maximum of two single names or one compound name. In the list of the hundred most popular names there were no compound names, even though it used to be a very frequent custom.

Different spelling for the same name

Basque names predominated, some registered with different spellings, as was the case with Ane-Anne, Itxaso-Itsaso, Leire-Leyre, Jon-Ion and Aritz-Haritz.

If the nationality of mothers is taken into account, those with foreign nationality also preferred Basque names, but with differences as regards the general ranking. In the case of girls, there were three Basque names amongst the top five: Ainhoa, Nahia and Leire, although top of the list is Sara –of Hebrew origin– followed by Sofía, of Greek origin. Amongst the boys, the Basque names Ander and Iker are in second and fourth place respectively. First place goes to Adam, a Hebrew name; third to Mohamed – of Arab origin – and fifth place goes to David, a biblical name of Hebrew origin.

The most common name for mothers was Ainhoa and amongst fathers it was Aitor

The 10 most common names amongst women who were mothers in the 2012-2014 period were Ainhoa, Leire, Nerea, María, Amaia, Ainara, Laura, Sonia, Marta and Iratxe. For this generation of women, born on the whole between 1973 and 1983, the 3 most common names were Basque, but Castilian names were still very prevalent, and in particular compound names that include María.

Regarding men who were fathers in these years, the 10 most repeated names were Aitor, Javier, David, Iker, Asier, Iñigo, Gorka, Mikel, Jon and Iñaki. In this case they were men born mainly between 1972 and 1982, a period in which compound names gave way to single names amongst boys and Basque names started to become predominant.

Table 1: The 25 most popular names for newborns in the Basque Country. 2012-2014
Source: Eustat. Birth statistics

For further information:

Eustat - Euskal Estatistika Erakundea / Instituto Vasco de Estadística C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz Press Service: servicioprensa@eustat.eus Tlf: 945 01 75 62 Further press releases on birth statistics of the Basque Country Database on birth statistics of the Basque Country

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