There’s expected to be a baby boom in 2021 with searches for baby names increasing by 75 per cent during the past 12 months.
To help parents get ahead of the game, OnBuy.com has crunched the numbers to find out which will be the most popular European names around the world for boys and girls among the next generation.
There’s only room for one name originating from England, as hugely popular names in the UK such as Olivia and Oliver don’t get a look in.
For girls, the most popular European name in the world is Maria, a traditional Italian name most prevalent in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries, thought to have been used more than 61 million times. Ana comes in second on the list, with Rosa in third.
When it comes to boys, the most popular European name around the globe is José, thought to have been picked almost 30 million times by new parents, and is again most prevalent in Brazil.
Second on the list is the England’s only entry in the top 10 across both lists with John, and is followed by Juan, a traditional Spanish name. Other names popular in the UK still feature, including Elizabeth and Robert, but the monikers originated elsewhere.
Most popular traditional European names for girls
Most popular traditional European names for boys
The study also surveyed almost 5,000 parents and parents-to-be to find out their reasons for choosing or avoiding traditional names.
The top reason for those opting for a traditional name was their belief it represents their family’s culture and origin, as well as predicting their children will be taken more seriously as an adult.
Those who avoided traditional names said they were “unoriginal, impersonal, outdated and boring”.
Of those who took part in the survey, 71 per cent of parents or soon-to-be parents revealed they would be going with a traditional name.