Map of Europe with Most Popular Given Male Names per Country

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  • Alessandro Reginato 5y

    Oh really?I'm Italian and I'm pretty confident when i say the most common name in Italy is Andrea
  • F.F.F. PRO 5y

    Official statistics say that Francesco is the most common personal name for Italian males. Andrea is only the 3d. I know because I am one of the F.s
  • alphadesigner 5y

    Alessandro Reginato Tell that to Italian statisticians, I am pretty confident I read their data correctly. ;)
  • disparkys 5y

    If you wanna do Cyprus as well, Andreas is the most common name.
  • alphadesigner 5y

    Thank you! I couldn't find any official statistic about Cyprus. Do you have a source by any chance?
  • disparkys 5y

    hmm.. I know there is a newspaper article somewhere saying that one in 6 people is called Andreas, but I cannot find it atm.
  • Cristian Peter Marinescu-Ivan 4y

    Moreover, this map is important for showing the demographical dynamics through history. The mass of names were principally starting to "fit the place" since Christianism.

    For example, Andrei [in Romania] might be with no doubts the most common there.

    Called even by Jesus, a "fisherman of the humankind", he taught the people of Scythia Minor (territory of today Dobrogea], thing that made him wear the title of bringer of Christianism to protoRomanians. Other areas he stumbled upon were Greece and Achaia. Patras [near Corinth] is were he died as martyr.

    In Romania he is celebrated every year on 30 November. Almost over 600 000 Romanians are named Andrei or Andreea. Pre-Christian traditions are saying that was of bad luck to comb your hair or you'll meet the wolves during winter [in Moldova]. In the night before 30 November, the youngers of the villages from Colinele Tutovei were painting the doors and windows (of the house in which they were about to party) with garlic.

    Another historical explanation excepting religion would be the mass-influence given by late Medieval powers [see Western Europe and regions of Greece] or the so called "conflict of satellites", that existed in SE, until communism fell. Pointing on this, there's no wonder if we may give a tribute to Andrei as resonating with the Russian name...
  • mikescottnz PRO 4y

    Surprised at 'Jack' (aka John less common, Jacob) for Ireland (and Scotland & Wales both Celtic as well) as there maybe association with the British 'union jack' flag and there are so many Gaelic versions for John ... Seán ,Shane ,Iain..etc.
    Shane comes from the way the name Seán is pronounced in the Ulster dialect of the Irish language, as opposed to Shaun or Shawn.

    Perhaps it has to do with tradesmen , the everyman, pioneers and sailors?

    The name Jack is unique in the English language for the frequency of its use as a verb and a noun for many common objects and actions; and also its use in many compound words and phrases: jackknife, jackpot, jack tar, hijack, union jack, jack straw (scarecrow), apple jack, lumberjack, jackhammer, jackdaw, jack o'lantern, jack-in-the-box, jack of clubs (playing cards), etc. The Encyclopedia Britannica article on the history of the word "jack" linked it directly to the common name: "Jack, a word with a great variety of meanings and applications, all traceable to the common use of the word as a by-name of a man."

    A jack-o'-lantern is typically a carved pumpkin. It is associated chiefly with the Celtic and Irish festival of Hallowe'en or Samhain and was named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called ignis fatuus or jack-o'-lantern.

    'Jackeen' though is a mildly pejorative term for someone from Dublin, Ireland. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as "A contemptuous designation for a self-assertive worthless fellow," citing the earliest documented use from the year 1840.The term is derived from a nickname for John (i.e. Jack) combined with the Irish diminutive suffix "-een"(-ín in Irish) found in many Irish female names such as Roisín ("little Rose") and Maureen (Mairín, "little Mary"). Today, Jackeen is often used to describe Dublin GAA (Gaelic football) players and supporters. The term has also been shortened to "Jack" or the plural "Jacks" by Dublin fans as a way to refer to themselves

    For those interested in Irish surnames ...also a wiki ' page .
  • sterntaste 4y

    It's about "given" names (per year) guys... not most existing male names...
  • Tudor Andrei Vrabie 4y

    Andrei is the most popular given name in Romania? Really? xD
  • Cristian Peter Marinescu-Ivan 4y

    Tudor Andrei Vrabie
    It seems so. :)
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