Sophie and Daan most popular names in Netherlands

5th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

The most popular names for new-born babies in the Netherlands in 2008 are Sophie and Daan.

THE NETHERLANDS –Sophie was the most popular girl's name in the Netherlands in 2008, according to figures released by the Dutch national insurance agency, the SVB.

The agency, which administers child benefits, has a record of every new baby registered. Sophie took the lead from Sanne, which headed the list for years, but now dropped to fifth place. Julia and Lieke were ranked second and third most popular name.

For boys the most popular name was Daan. The previous favourite, Sem, has dropped to number three, below Tim at number two. Jayden had a surge in popularity, jumping from rank 13 to number four.

Why would such an unusual and un-Dutch name be so much in vogue in the Netherlands? It's the name of Britney Spears' son, Jayden James.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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