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Finland's most popular baby names in 2020: Aino and Leo

The most popular names continue a recent trend for choosing names that work in different languages and cultures.

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The data is based on names given to 47,839 children born in Finland last year. Image: Hanna Terävä / Yle

Aino and Leo were the most popular first names for children born in Finland last year, according to figures published by the Finnish Digital and Population Data Services Agency.

The agency found that Aino was given as a first name to 276 girls while Leo was the first name given to 356 boys.

The next most popular first names for girls after Aino were Olivia, Sofia, Pihla and Aada. The next most popular among boys were Eino, Oliver, Elias and Onni.

The popularity of certain names in 2020 appears to continue the recent trend among parents in Finland of choosing names that work in different languages and cultures.

Among Finland's Swedish-speaking population, Ellen was the most popular name for a girl while Emil was the top choice among parents of boys.

The data is based on names given to 47,839 children born in Finland last year that had been named by 5 April 2021. In total, 48,186 children were born in 2020 but some may have not received or officially registered a name by that date. Traditionally, Finnish first names tend to be kept secret until a child is baptised.

Some 23,356 girls and 24,483 boys were named, with 38,943 of them in Finnish and 3,246 in Swedish.

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