Marie, Maximilian stay favourite German names

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18 February 2005, WIESBADEN - Marie and Maximilian are proving an unbeatable combination when it comes to choosing babies' names in Germany. Marie topped the charts in 2004 for the sixth successive year as most popular girls' name, while Maximilian was the preferred boys' name for the second successive year. Either Maximilian or Alexander, the number two, has been the most popular first name for boys in Germany for the last eight years, the German Language Society (GfdS) said Friday. The chart, based on a

18 February 2005

WIESBADEN - Marie and Maximilian are proving an unbeatable combination when it comes to choosing babies' names in Germany.

Marie topped the charts in 2004 for the sixth successive year as most popular girls' name, while Maximilian was the preferred boys' name for the second successive year.

Either Maximilian or Alexander, the number two, has been the most popular first name for boys in Germany for the last eight years, the German Language Society (GfdS) said Friday.

The chart, based on a survey of 150 register offices throughout Germany, indicates German parents are showing little willingness to change what have been the established choices for years.

Marie is again followed by Sophie, Maria and Anne/Anna, while the top ten of boys' names shows only a few minor changes.

Up and coming are Alina, Charlotte, Emily and Hanna(h) for girls, and Elias, Jakob, Moritz and Simon for boys, however still not popular enough for the top 10, the GfdS said.

Top 10 girls: 1. Marie (1), 2. Sophie (2), 3. Maria (3), 4. Anna/Anne (4), 5. Leonie (8), 6. Lea(h) (5), 7. Laura (6), 8. Lena (7), 9. Katharina (11), 10. Johanna (13).

Top 10 boys: 1. Maximilian (1), 2. Alexander (2), 3. Paul (4), 4. Leon (3), 5. Lukas/Lucas (5), 6. Luca (7), 7. Felix (6), 8. Jonas (10), 9. Tim (9), 10. David (8).

DPA

Subject: German news

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