Swiss Baby Names

Back in the Summer, Switzerland released the 2011 Most Popular Baby Names.    It gets a little complicated because there are four different national languages, which very greatly in influence and history.

And here they are:

GERMAN SPEAKING SWITZERLAND NAMES:

BOYS:
Leon – 310 boys were named Leon
Noah
Luca
David
Leandro
Levin

GIRLS:
Mia – 341 girls were named Mia
Lena
Elena
Leoni
Julia
Alina

FRENCH SPEAKING SWITZERLAND NAMES:

BOYS:
Gabriel – 128 boys were named Gabriel in 2011
Noah
Nathan
Maxime
Louis
Nolan

GIRLS:
Emma – 131 girls were named Emma
Chloé
Lara
Zoé
Eva
Léa

ITALIAN SPEAKING SWITZERLAND NAMES:

BOYS:
Mattia – 37 boys were named Mattia
Alessandro
Leonardo
Matteo
Luca
Davide

GIRLS:
Giulia – 41 girls were named Giulia
Sofia
Emma
Alice
Sara
Anna

ROMANSCH SPEAKING SWITZERLAND NAMES:

BOYS
Flurin, Luca, Nino and Noah all tied – A whopping 3 boys were each named those names in 2011

GIRLS:
Anna – 4 girls were named Anna in 2011
Laura
Madlaina

Apparently Luca, Leonardo, Noah, Emma, and Anna transcend all languages since they appear in multiple regions with different dialects.  And Gabe fits into French speaking Geneva quite well with his name, Gabriel, being #1 in 2011.

I only wish this was the case with me.   Lauren is pronounced exactly the same as Laurent, a common French name for men.   If there is no indication to check Mr. or Mrs., I receive plenty of letters and emails addressed to Mr. Lauren.   Gabe also was instructed by his French tutor to make sure to insert some sort of reference to me being a woman when he talks about his home life or travels with Lauren.

 

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