ontinuing in one of this blog's old traditions, I present to you a comparison of the most popular first names for babies born in the year 2010 in Germany and the United States.
A bit on the sources: The US Social Security Administration collects first name data and releases it on their website every year. However, multiple spellings of the same name are not combined, therefore the list isn't entirely what it seems. Per the SSA data, the most popular name given to baby girls in 2010 was Isabella. However, it comes in at a lower position when multiple spellings of names are combined. I painstakingly combined spellings myself using the downloadable list of every name used at least five times, and present here my adjusted list of most popular names. Go to the SSA site for the original, with each spelling of a name listed separately. Combining spellings is a subjective practice so everyone's mileage may vary.
Germany does not collect official first name data. I usually use this hobbyist source, but there are other lists out there that are not exactly the same. This source combines multiple spellings of the same name, but I show only one spelling here. If you've got another source, let me know about it!
Which lists/names do you prefer?