The same procedure as last year... As far as the choice of first names is concerned, Frankfurt parents seem to have relied on tried and tested methods for some years now. There were no major changes or even new naming trends in 2019.
The responsible city councillor Daniela Birkenfeld has now announced the current "hit list" and revealed that Marie and Sophie share first place among the most popular first names for girls with 181 entries each. With 225 mentions, Sophie was still the leader in 2018 and relegated Marie (206 mentions in 2018) to second place.
Among the boys, Maximilian defended first place against Alexander with 142 mentions (159 in 2018), 18 points ahead.
Thus, there were only marginal changes in the first names chosen for 2019 compared to the previous year. And this despite - or perhaps because of - all the discussions and reports about exotic and unusual first names. In 2019, the classic leaders of the girls' and boys' table were again able to maintain their top positions.
The changes in the further ranking are also minimal. On the following places you can find well-known first names of the last years. In the girls' category, Maria is again in third place with 149 entries (156 entries in 2018), followed by Emilia, who is in fourth place with 111 entries (123 entries in 2018). With the male first names Paul (105 entries) and Noah (102 entries) swap places 3 and 4. 2018 Noah still had 151 entries and Paul 108 entries.
Due to the decades of stable order, this is often questioned. Sometimes it is even suspected that a filter is used in the evaluation. The present evaluation is based on a statistical algorithm of the specialized procedure, which ejects the naming automatically according to its frequency. No distinction is made as to whether the names were given as first, second or third names. However, for reasons of clarity, the registry office restricts itself to the presentation of the first 30 names.
A trend towards giving your children an increasing number of first names is still not discernible. A good 54 percent of parents gave their children a single first name in 2019 and about 40 percent chose two first names for their child. Only about six percent of parents were one or two first names too few for their offspring; there should be three or more. Overall, a distribution that corresponds to the figures of 2018.
The full first name hit list can be found on the city's website at http://www.frankfurt.de can be viewed at the registry office under "First name statistics current".