The most popular baby names in the Netherlands in 2018

The most popular baby names in the Netherlands in 2018

Is your name Lucas or Julia? Well, you are definitely not alone. It turns out that these names were last year’s most popular baby names in the Netherlands, according to social security bank SVB (Sociale Verzekeringsbank).

The most popular baby names

In 2018, an estimated 169.134 babies were born; 86.631 boys and 82.503 girls. Of those babies, 681 boys were named Lucas and 797 girls were named Julia, making them the most popular baby names of 2018. Both names were favourites in 2017 as well, with Lucas coming in third and Julia coming in fourth.

Differences per region

This year, the regional differences are quite remarkable. For instance, national favourite Lucas did not make the top 10 in Noord-Brabant, Drenthe, Overijssel or Groningen, whilst the name Lieke did not make the national top 10 but is the most chosen name for girls in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe.

Another name that stands out is Jan, which was the most popular name for boys in Zeeland in 2018. However, on the national list, Jan comes in at number 27!

Top 10 girl's names

Here are the top 10 baby names for girls in 2018 in the Netherlands:

  Name Number
1. Julia 797
2. Emma 704
3. Sophie 677
4. Tess 669
5. Zoë 659
6. Mila 632
7. Anna 550
8. Sara 541
9. Eva 530
10. Noor 516

Top 10 boy's names

Here are the top 10 baby names for boys in 2018 in the Netherlands:

  Name Number
1. Lucas 681
2. Levi 641
3. Finn 634
4. Sem 633
5. Noah 624
6. Daan 619
7. Luuk 596
8. Bram 571
9. Mees 568
10. Milan 558

Source: SVB


In 2017, Noah and Emma took the number one spot. For the girls, Tess came in at number two, followed by Sophie. For the boys, Sem held the number two spot, whilst Lucas came in at number three.


Every year, the SVB publishes this list, which is based on child benefits applications. However, to guarantee privacy, only names which were given at least 25 times were included.

Manja van Kesteren


Manja van Kesteren

Managing Editor at IamExpat Media. Manja studied English and Creative & Professional Writing at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK. She has been working as a content editor and...

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