Top 10 most popular baby names for boys and girls in South Africa

New data from Statistics South Africa on recorded live births‚ reveals the most popular baby names recorded in the country in 2015.

The recorded live births release for 2013−2015 showed that for the year 2015, 1 084 511 live births were registered in the country.

With regard to birth occurrence, the results show that women aged 20−24 years comprised the age cohort with the highest proportion of birth occurrences for all years but with decreasing proportions over the three-year period from 27.2% in 2013, to 26.8% in 2014 and further down to 26.2% in 2015.

In all the three years, the highest proportions of registrations occurred in Gauteng (26%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (20%) and Limpopo (12%). Northern Cape accounted for the lowest proportion of birth registrations (2%).

The distribution of total birth registrations by sex shows that male birth registrations exceeded female birth registrations for all three years. Moreover, a consistent sex ratio of 102 males per 100 female birth registrations was observed for South Africa, over the three-year period.

The months of January, March and September had the highest percentage of birth occurrences for the three year period, StatsSA said.

The most popular baby name for males in 2015 was Junior, followed by Blessing and Gift and for females it was Precious, Princess and Angel, in that order.

The most popular surnames were from the Nguni clans being Dlamini, followed by Nkosi and Ndlovu.

The top 10 most popular baby names in South Africa

# Male Female
1 Junior Precious
2 Blessing Princess
3 Gift Angel
4 Bandile Amahle
5 Prince Minenhle
6 Siyabonga Thandolwethu
7 Melokuhle Melokuhle
8 Lethabo Blessing
9 Banele Faith
10 Samkelo Lesedi

StatsSA also revealed the top 10 baby surnames in South Africa in 2015:

  • Dlamini
  • Nkosi
  • Ndlovu
  • Khumalo
  • Sithole
  • Mokoena
  • Mkhize
  • Mthembu
  • Ngcobo
  • Mahlangu

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