Popular names

2015-09-09 06:00

MOST male babies that were born in 2014 were named Junior, while parents named their newborn daughters Minathi.

This now means that the names Sibusiso for boys and Elizabeth for girls, which were the most popular as per 2011 census results, have fallen out of favour.

This is according to Statistics South Africa’s latest Recorded Live Births 2014 Report, released by statistician general Pali Lehohla on Tuesday, 1 September.

“Obviously when a child is born and they are not named yet, they may call you ‘Junior’ or ‘Baby’,” he said.

Other names for boys that made the top ten for male babies that were born in 2014, in their order of popularity, included Bandile, Kungawo, Siyabonga, Lethabo, Khayone, Mpho, Bokamoso, Kamogelo and Thato.

For girls, Minenhle was the second most popular name, followed by Rethabile, Bokamoso, Karabo, Amogelang, Tshegofatso, Lesedi, Amahle and Thandolwethu.

The most popular surname for both sexes went to the Dlaminis, followed by Ntulis, Ngubanes, Ndlovus, Nkosis, Khumalos, Ngobenis, Mthethwas, Zwanes and Malulekes

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