Say hello to Neymar, Adele, Scarlett and Mason

Luke, Helen remain top names for boys and girls in 2014

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Matthew Vella
12 June 2015, 11:35am
Neymar of Brazil celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group A preliminary round match between Cameroon and Brazil at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia  EPA/MARCELO SAYAO
Neymar of Brazil celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group A preliminary round match between Cameroon and Brazil at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia EPA/MARCELO SAYAO
At 4.3 per cent, Luke and its variants remains the most popular name given to baby boys in 2014.

Likewise, Matthew and Jacob, including their variants, ranked as the second and third most popular names respectively for the second consecutive year.

There were 4,277 registered live births last year at the Public Registry in Malta and Gozo, up by 4.9 per cent over 2013, of which 53.0 per cent were boys.

The predominance of biblical names or saints was once again apparent in the names given by parents to newborns. Examples include Luke, Matthew, Jacob, Zachary, John and Isaac for boys and Elena, Eliza, Catherine, Maria, Anna and Sarah for girls.

Some parents were also influenced by TV drama, pop culture and sports when naming babies.

Examples include Blake, Calvin, Craig, Denzel, Lionel, Mason and Neymar for boys and Adele, Chanel, Chloe, Megan, Nicole, Norah, Rihanna, Scarlett and Sienna for girls.

Names which gained in popularity during the year under review include Liam, Benjamin, Joseph, Jack, Nathan, Thomas, Julian, Noah, James and Samuel. John, Kaiden, Alexander, Andrew, Nicholas, Daniel, Aiden and Jaden decreased in popularity. Yannick and Leon placed in the top 20 list of names for the first time, while Mason, Gabriel and Keiran failed to re-appear.

Elena, including Elenia, Helena and Ella, was the most popular name given to baby girls during 2014.

The name Julia, including its variants, placed second with a popularity share of 3.6 per cent. Emma (and its variants) also gained one place and ranked as the third most popular name given to girls last year.

New entrants into the girls’ top 20 list included Francesca, Sarah, Valentina and Eve.

Names declining in popularity in 2014 include Eliza, Maya, Maria, Christina, Martina, Kailey, Mikela, Jade, Aaliyah and Jasmine. Martina fell to thirteenth, from eighth place in the preceding year. Big climbers for 2014 included Catherine and Hailey, which rose by five and four places respectively.

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Matthew Vella is executive editor at MaltaToday.