Baby names: Your first name was so popular in the year you were born

Some names are real long-running hits, others can be clearly assigned to a decade. How popular was your first name in the year you were born? The hit list check.

There are no official statistics on the names of children born in Germany, but the operators of the website do Popular-vornamen.de evaluate thousands of birth reports from registry offices, maternity clinics and birthing centers every year – and determine the most common (first) first names of babies from them.


In the meantime, all kinds of hit lists have come together that show which baby names were particularly popular in which year. While some first names never seem to go out of style, with others you can pretty much tell when they were “in”.

Was your first name popular in the year you were born? Or have you always had an exotic name? We show you the five most common girl and boy names of the past years and decades.

The most popular first names of the 90s

1999

Girls: Sarah / Sara, Anna, Lea / Leah, Laura, Julia

Boys: Jan, Lukas / Lucas, Niklas / Niclas, Tim, Finn / Fynn

1998

Girls: Anna, Lea / leah, Julia, Laura, Lena

Boys: Jan, Lukas / Lucas, Tim, Niklas / Niclas, Jonas

1997

Girls: Anna, Sarah / Sara, Laura, Vanessa, Julia

Boys: Jan, Lukas / Lucas, Niklas / Niclas, Tim, Jannik / Yannik / Yannick / Yannic

1996

Girls: Anna, Julia, Sarah / Sara, Lisa, Laura

Boys: Lukas / Lucas, Jan, Tim, Philipp, Niklas / Niclas

1995

Girls: Laura, Anna, Sarah / Sara, Julia, Lisa

Boys: Jan, Lukas / Lucas, Niklas / Niclas, Tim, Philipp

1994

Girls: Julia, Laura, Anna, Sarah / Sara, Lena

Boys: Jan, Lukas / Lucas, Philipp, Alexander, Tim

1993

Girls: Lisa, Julia, Anna, Laura, Vanessa

Boys: Jan, Philipp, Maximilian, Dennis, Kevin

1992

Girls: Sarah / Sara, Julia, Lisa, Anna, Jennifer

Boys: Jan, Tim, Philipp, Daniel, Christian

1991

Girls: Lisa, Sarah / Sara, Laura, Anna, Katharina

Boys: Kevin, Jan, Patrick, Philipp, Marcel

1990

Girls: Julia, Sarah / Sara, Jennifer, Katharina, Lisa

Boys: Jan, Tobias, Christian, Alexander, Daniel

The most popular first names of the 80s

1989

Girls: Katharina, Anna, Sarah / Sara, Julia, Jennifer

Boys: Jan, Christian, Patrick, Daniel, Philipp

1988

Girls: Katharina, Sarah / Sara, Julia, Anna, Stefanie / Stephanie

Boys: Jan, Daniel, Florian, Christian, Philipp

1987

Girls: Julia, Katharina, Sarah / Sara, Anna, Stefanie / Stephanie

Boys: Christian, Sebastian, Tobias, Jan, Daniel

1986

Girls: Julia, Sarah / Sara, Stefanie / Stephanie, Jennifer, Katharina

Boys: Christian, Sebastian, Alexander, Jan, Daniel

1985

Girls: Julia, Stefanie / Stephanie, Jennifer, Katharina, Sarah / Sara

Boys: Christian, Daniel, Sebastian, Alexander, Stefan / Stephan

1984

Girls: Julia, Stefanie / Stephanie, Katrin / Catrin / Kathrin, Katharina, Jennifer

Boys: Sebastian, Christian, Michael, Daniel, Martin

1983

Girls: Stefanie / Stephanie, Julia, Katrin / Catrin / Kathrin, Anna, Sandra

Boys: Christian, Sebastian, Florian, Michael, Matthias

1982

Girls: Stefanie / Stephanie, Julia, Katrin / Catrin / Kathrin, Nicole, Anna

Boys: Christian, Stefan / Stephan, Sebastian, Jan, Michael

1981

Girls: Stefanie / Stephanie, Katrin / Catrin / Kathrin, Sandra, Julia, Nadine

Boys: Christian, Sebastian, Stefan / Stephan, Daniel, Thomas

1980

Girls: Julia, Katrin / Catrin / Kathrin, Stefanie / Stephanie, Melanie, Sandra

Boys: Christian, Michael, Sebastian, Stefan / Stephan, Jan

The most popular first names of the 70s

1979

Girls: Stefanie / Stephanie, Sandra, Melanie, Julia, Katrin / Catrin / Kathrin

Boys: Christian, Jan, Michael, Sebastian, Daniel

1978

Girls: Sandra, Katrin / Catrin / Kathrin, Stefanie / Stephanie, Nadine, Julia

Boys: Christian, Stefan / Stephan, Alexander, Andreas, Michael

1977

Girls: Sandra, Stefanie / Stephanie, Nicole, Christian, Katrin / Catrin / Kathrin

Boys: Christian, Stefan / Stephan, Michael, Markus / Marcus, Matthias

1976

Girls: Stefanie / Stephanie, Sandra, Katrin / Catrin / Kathrin, Nicole, Melanie

Boys: Christian, Stefan / Stephan, Andreas, Matthias, Jan

1975

Girls: Sandra, Stefanie / Stephanie, Nicole, Katrin / Catrin / Kathrin, Tanja

Boys: Christian, Markus / Marcus, Michael, Stefan / Stephan, Andreas

1974

Girls: Nicole, Tanja, Sandra, Stefanie / Stephanie, Katrin / Catrin / Kathrin

Boys: Christian, Stefan / Stephan, Thomas, Andreas, Markus / Marcus

1973

Girls: Nicole, Sandra, Stefanie / Stephanie, Tanja, Daniela

Boys: Michael, Markus / Marcus, Thomas, Stefan / Stephan, Matthias

1972

Girls: Nicole, Claudia, Tanja, Sandra, Stefanie / Stephanie

Boys: Michael, Christian, Andreas, Stefan / stephan, Thomas

1971

Girls: Nicole, Tanja, Claudia, Anja, Andrea

Boys: Michael, Thomas, Stefan / Stephan, Andreas, Oliver

1970

Girls: Nicole, Anja, Claudia, Stefanie / Stephanie, Andrea

Boys: Stefan / Stephan, Michael, Andreas, Thomas, Frank

The most popular first names of the 60s

1969

Girls: Claudia, Anja, Nicole, Katrin / Catrin / Kathrin, Sabine, Susanne

Boys: Thomas, Stefan / Stephan, Michael, Andreas, Frank

1968

Girls: Claudia, Anja, Susanne, Sabine, Andrea

Boys: Stefan / Stephan, Thomas, Michael, Andreas, Frank

1967

Girls: Claudia, Sabine, Anja, Andrea, Susanne

Boys: Thomas, Stefan / Stephan, Michael, Andreas, Frank

1966

Girls: Sabine, Susanne, Claudia, Petra, Andrea, Anja

Boys: Thomas, Stefan / Stephan, Michael, Andreas, Frank

1965

Girls: Sabine, Petra, Claudia, Susanne, Andrea

Boys: Thomas, Michael, Andreas, Stefan / Stephan, Frank

1964

Girls: Sabine, Susanne, Martina, Andrea, Petra

Boys: Thomas, Michael, Andreas, Stefan / Stephan, Frank

1963

Girls: Sabine, Susanne, Andrea, Birgit, Petra

Boys: Thomas, Michael, Andreas, Frank, Stefan / Stephan

1962

Girls: Susanne, Andrea, Sabine, Petra, Birgit

Boys: Thomas, Michael, Andreas, Frank, Stefan / Stephan

1961

Girls: Susanne, Sabine, Petra, Birgit, Andrea

Boys: Thomas, Andreas, Michael, Frank, Peter

1960

Girls: Sabine, Susanne, Petra, Birgit, Gabriele

Boys: Thomas, Michael, Andreas, Peter, Frank

The most popular first names of the 50s

Girls: Angelika, Monika, Sabine, Petra, Karin

Boys: Michael, Peter, Hans, Klaus / Claus, Wolfgang

The most popular first names of the 40s

Girls: Karin, Renate, Monika, Ursula, Ingrid

Boys: Hans, Peter, Klaus / Claus, Wolfgang, Jürgen

The most popular first names of the 30s

Girls: Helga, Ursula, Ingrid, Gisela, Christa / Krista

Boys: Hans, Günter / Günther, Horst, Klaus / Claus, Karl / Carl

The most popular first names of the 20s

Girls: Ursula, Ilse, Hildegard, Gerda, Ingeborg

Boys: Hans, Günter / Günther, Karl / Carl, Heinz, Werner

The most popular first names of the 10s

Girls: Gertrud, Hildegard, Erna, Herta / Hertha, Anna

Boys: Hans, Karl / Carlm Walter / Walther, Wilhelm, Werner

The most popular first names from 1900-1909

Girls: Gertrud, Anna, Martha / Marta, Frieda / Frida, Erna

Boys: Walter / Walther, Karl / Carl, Hans, Wilhelm, Heinrich

The most popular first names from 1890-1899

Girls: Anna, Frieda / Frida, Martha / Marta, Erna, Emma

Boys: Karl / Carl, Wilhelm, Heinrich, Hans, Otto