These are Denmark’s most popular baby names

Ida and William are the names parents in Denmark chose most often when naming their newborns in 2018.

These are Denmark’s most popular baby names
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A list of the country’s most popular names is released each July by national stats agency Statistics Denmark, once all the births from the prior year have been registered.

Since parents have a six-month period in which they can register their baby’s name, the list is not finalized into halfway through the following year.

This year, William and Ida are again the most popular names, retaining their spots at the top of the list from 2017.

2018 saw 15 in every 1,000 baby girls named Ida, while 19 out of every thousand boys were called William.

Ida was especially popular in the Southern Denmark and Central Jutland regions. In the Capital region, Ella was the most popular name for girls, while Sofia was most popular in the rest of Zealand. In North Jutland, the Nordic name Freja was top of the list for girls.

A similar trend was apparent for boys’ names, with William the most popular in two Jutland regions – Central and North Jutland – while Noah and Malthe were the favourites in Zealand and South Denmark respectively.

Oscar was the most-favoured choice for parents of babies born in the Copenhagen area.

Meanwhile, Hugo saw a jump in popularity, moving from number 56 in 2017 number 27 on the national list for 2018.

For girls, Ellie moved 12 places up the list, from 36 two years ago to 24 in 2018.

Parents’ preferences do not appear to have changed dramatically since 2017, however.

The top ten list for boys saw only one new name, Valdemar, with two newcomers – Clara and Karla — on the girls’ list.

William has, with one exception in 2016, been the most popular name every year since 2010. Ida has boasted a top-10 place without exception since 2007.

Top 20 Danish names for girls in 2018:

  1. Ida
  2. Emma
  3. Alma
  4. Ella
  5. Sofia
  6. Freja
  7. Josefine
  8. Clara
  9. Anna
  10. Karla
  11. Laura
  12. Alberte
  13. Olivia
  14. Agnes
  15. Nora
  16. Lærke
  17. Luna
  18. Isabella
  19. Frida
  20. Lily

Top 20 Danish names for boys in 2018:

  1. William
  2. Noah
  3. Oscar
  4. Lucas
  5. Victor
  6. Malthe
  7. Oliver
  8. Alfred
  9. Carl
  10. Valdemar
  11. Emil
  12. Elias
  13. August
  14. Aksel
  15. Magnus
  16. Frederik
  17. Arthur
  18. Felix
  19. Anton
  20. Elliot

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Emma, Oscar, Saga and Konrad: Denmark’s 50 most popular baby names for girls and boys

Emma and William are the preferred choices of name for newborn babies in Denmark.

Emma, Oscar, Saga and Konrad: Denmark’s 50 most popular baby names for girls and boys
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The two names – which have regularly featured at the top of the list in recent years – were the most commonly-chosen for baby girls and boys in 2019, according to a newly-released tally from Statistics Denmark.

There are 486 new Emmas in Denmark following 2019’s births. The name was accompanied in the top five for girls by Alma, Clara, Freja and Sofia.

William, which was consistently the most popular choice for boys throughout the late 2010s, was given to 568 babies in 2019. Alfred, Oscar, Noah and Karl were the other top-five choices.

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Some regional variation can be seen on the Statistics Denmark list. Although William and Emma were most popular in three out of the five administrative Regions, neither name topped the list in Copenhagen’s Capital Region, where Nora and Arthur were the first choices.

In North Jutland, meanwhile, Ida was the most popular girl’s name and Lucas top pick for boys.


Statistics Denmark also notes which names have seen the biggest increase in popularity during the 12 months covered by the updated stats.

Here, the biggest mover for boys is Anker, now the 33rd-most popular name after being at no. 47 the year before. For girls, Asta moved 26 places up the list to no. 16.

Top 50 baby names in Denmark in 2019