The most common name in the world. Top 5 most popular names
There are so many names in the world. Their number is calculated, without exaggeration, by the hundreds of thousands. Therefore, to calculate among them the most common name is extremely difficult, and, most likely, completely unrealistic task. Nevertheless, we can talk about certain trends in this area. Based on them and on preliminary statistics, in this article we will list some of the most common options.
This Hebrew dialect, no doubt, if not the most common male name, then at least among the top ten. Thanks to Jewish dispersion and the global Christianization of the world, this name can be found absolutely in all parts of the world, albeit in different forms. Besides the fact that it is included in the TOP names of all continents, John, or Ivan, is the most common name in Russia. At least it was so before, so even in itself it became a symbol of Russian national identity, like Smith in the USA or Fritz in Germany.From the beginning it sounded like “Iohan”. And translate it as "the grace of Yahweh." The national variants of this name differ in color and a huge variety of forms. For example, in Germany it is known as Hans or as Johan. In Italy, it is pronounced as Giovanni. John and Evon are English versions. Jean is a French derivative, very popular also in Switzerland. There are options in almost every language, with the exception of the languages of the smallest nations, like the American Indians.
The rapid Islamization observed in recent decades has led to the widest spread of traditional Islamic, mainly Arabic and Persian names. The primacy in this respect is probably the most honorable of them - the name that belonged to the prophet-founder of Islam - Muhammad. Not only is it one of the most popular in the world, and not only in Islamic regions, it is also the most common name in the UK. And this is despite the fact that the traditions of English culture are extremely far from the Arab East. It is extremely popular in Belgium, as well as in the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.In general, according to some preliminary data, there are about one hundred and fifty million men in the world named Mohammed. Therefore, if we are talking about what is the most popular name in the world, then Mohammed will be the first contender for this place.
Name is Anna
Another name from the Jewish onomastic is Anna. Today, based on a number of linguistic studies, it is officially considered that this is the most common female name in the world. Translated into Russian, it means "grace" or "grace." And as in the case of John, if this is not the most common female name in Russia, then certainly the top one. With its features, it is present in all major languages of the world. Moreover, this naming does not change very much from language to language. For example, the traditional "Anna" can intensify with a gasp and turn into Khan and further into Ganna. Or maybe reduced to Ani, Ann, or take a more elegant form, like Anita or Anyuta. It is quite common even among the Chinese and Japanese populations. Of course, it is written and pronounced with the specificity of these languages. There is even a male form of this name.It is most common in India. Although in its root form, the name Anna was used in ancient Israel as both male and female. For example, the Bible mentions a Jewish high priest named Anna. In the world there are about hundreds of millions of women named after Anna in its various variants.
Again, the feminine and again Jewish by name Mary is also a worthy candidate for the list of the most popular names. Its root form sounds like “Maryam”. And it is translated by the word "bitterness", "bitter." Legends attribute its origin to hoary antiquity, while localizing the region of Egypt, where the Jews once, according to the biblical narrative, were in severe slavery. But there is another hypothesis on this. According to her, the name should be translated as "rejected". It is not necessary to remind that the name Mary was the name of the mother of Jesus Christ. This circumstance provoked the process of its distribution, so this is perhaps the most common name in the Christian world. It was such, for example, in Tsarist Russia, where about one in five women among the Orthodox population bore this name.True, in the Orthodox tradition, which is characteristic of the hypertrophied veneration of the figure of the Mother of God (as well as in the Catholic one), this name is usually translated by the word "Madame". Today, its popularity is gaining momentum again, as evidenced, for example, by the registry offices. One way or another, but in Russia it is among the top three. And in the world, if we take into account all its various forms and derivatives (Mary, Marie, Margaret and so on), it is among the ten most-most.
The only name on our list of Greek origin is Alexander. Its popularity is also due to Christianity. In a number of European countries, for example, in Sweden and Ukraine, this is by far the most common name. Like all others, he has various derivative forms - Alejandro, Sandro, Iskander, Alex, Oles and many others.