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First Names Comparison

Top Names for Boys and Girls
USA vs. Germany 2004 & 2003

Comparing First Names in the USA and Germany

The following list shows the ten most popular names for boys and girls (baby names) in the United States and Germany for 2004 and 2003. The list reflects German first names compiled by the German Language Society (Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache e.V. - GfdS) and American first names from the US Social Security Administration. Also see: German First Names: 1997-2004 and our article on German First Names.

Names for Boys
2004 - USA and GERMANY
Jungen
BOYS
USA
Jungen
BOYS
GERMANY
1. Jacob 1. Maximilian
2. Michael 2. Alexander*
3. Joshua 3. Paul
4. Matthew 4. Leon
5. Ethan 5. Lukas/Lucas***
6. Andrew 6. Luca
7. Daniel 7. Felix
8. William 8. Jonas
9. Joseph 9. Tim
10. Christopher 10. David**
 *Alexander was ranked 15th in the US (2004).
 **David was ranked 14th in the US.
 ***Luke was ranked 42nd in the US.
Names for Girls
2004 - USA and GERMANY
Mädchen
GIRLS
USA
Mädchen
GIRLS
GERMANY
1. Emily 1. Marie
2. Emma 2. Sophie*
3. Madison 3. Maria+
4. Olivia 4. Anna/Anne**
5. Hannah 5. Leonie
6. Abigail 6. Lea(h)
7. Isabella 7. Laura++
8. Ashley 8. Lena
9. Samantha 9. Katharina
10. Elizabeth 10. Johanna
 *Sophia was ranked 15th in the US (2004).
 **Anna was ranked 20th in the US.
 +Maria was ranked 45th in the US.
 ++Lauren was ranked 16th in the US.

The comparative American and German name rankings for boys and girls in 2003 were...

Names for Boys
2003 - USA and GERMANY
Jungen
BOYS
USA
Jungen
BOYS
GERMANY
1. Jacob 1. Maximilian
2. Michael 2. Alexander*
3. Joshua 3. Leon
4. Matthew 4. Paul
5. Andrew 5. Lukas/Lucas***
6. Joseph 6. Felix
7. Ethan 7. Luca
8. Daniel 8. David**
9. Christopher 9. Tim
10. Anthony 10. Jonas
 *Alexander was ranked 16th in the US.
 **David was ranked 14th in the US.
 ***Luke was ranked 47th in the US.
Names for Girls
2003 - USA and GERMANY
Mädchen
GIRLS
USA
Mädchen
GIRLS
GERMANY
1. Emily 1. Marie
2. Emma 2. Sophie*
3. Madison 3. Maria++
4. Hannah 4. Anna/Anne+
5. Olivia 5. Lea/Leah
6. Abigail 6. Laura**
7. Alexis 7. Lena
8. Ashley 8. Leonie
9. Elizabeth 9. Julia+++
10. Samantha 10. Sara/Sarah***
 *Sophia was ranked 20th in the US (2003).
 **Lauren was ranked 15th in the US.
 ***Sarah was ranked 12th in the US.
 +Anna was ranked 21st in the US.
 ++Maria was ranked 40th in the US.
 +++Julia was ranked 33rd in the US.
  MORE > Top German First Names: 1997-2004
  Sources: US Social Security Administration (SSA), Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache e.V. (GfdS)

MORE ON NAMES >
German Names (1)
Part One of our name series: German first names (Vornamen).

German Names (2)
Part Two of our name series: German surnames (Nachnamen).

German Names (3)
Part Three of our name series: Place Names (Ortsnamen).


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