If you named your girl Iminathi, Minenhle and Rethabile in the last two years, you picked one of the top 3 names for girls in South Africa, according to the latest Statistics South Africa’s Recorded Live Births Report (published in September 2015).
The most popular names for boys registered are Junior, Bandil and Kungawo. Bear in mind, says Statistician General Pali Lehohla, that a child could be named Junior before he has been named.
With the previous census results in 2011, the top baby names in South Africa were Elizabeth for girls and Sibusiso for boys.
* NEW: South Africa's top baby names for 2016 (added September 2017)
Top girls names in South Africa 2014:1. Iminathi
2. Minenhle (beautiful day, isiZulu)
3. Rethabile (we are glad, Sotho/Sepedi/Setswana)
4. Bokamoso (Sotho/Sepedi/Setswana)
6. Amogelang (receiving, welcoming, Sesotho/Sepedi/Setswana)
7. Tshegofatso (blessing)
8. Lesedi (light, Sotho/Sepedi/Setswana)
9. Amahle (the ancestors are here)
10. Thandolwethu (our love, isiZulu)
Top boys names in South Africa:
5. Lethabo (joy, Sesotho/Sepedi/Setswana)
The report also released the most popular surnames in South Africa:
Also read: The ABC of Xhosa names illustrated
Also read: ABC of Setswana names by Cape Town artist
Top girls names in the US:
US baby name site Nameberry just announced the top baby names for 2016 so far. And many of the names on the girls list – not so much the boys list – are very familiar in some South African circles too.
Olivia, Amelia and Charlotte top the list of girls’ names, while the most popular boys’ names are the less familiar Ezra, Asher and Atticus.
Surprisingly, the users of US site BabyCentre, with their equally huge database of international babynames, have different favourites. Here, Emma, Olivia and Ava are the favourite girls’ names, with Noah, Liam and Mason coming up tops for the boys.
These websites determine the lists based on the amount of page views each of the names have received during the first 3 months of 2016, having racked up millions of visits so far this year.
Arabella, Aurora, Adeline taking over from Cora, Lucy and Evelyn.
The only names here shared with Nameberry are Olivia, Ava, Charlotte, and Amelia. It’s clear that names starting with A are still very popular.
Top boys names in the US:
Nameberry’s boys list isn’t very predicatable.
(Jude, Jasper in 2015’s top 10 replaced by Levi and Wyatt)
The Babycentre list, which only echoes Nameberry’s Oliver and Henry, contains more names that ring familiar in South Africa:
New popular girls names:
Finally, Nameberry offers a list of the new names on the 100 list. If you pick one of these, you know you’ll be ahead of the trend.
The new upcoming popular boys names:
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