Last week, I spent an hour in the library at Statistics Lithuania looking for statistical data on birth rates and education levels in post-war Soviet Lithuania. I’m not a statistics person and Soviet statistics can be a nightmare, but I was hoping to find some useful data. In addition to information that I found in the 1959 census, the annual demographic year book had data on birthrates since 1945. As I was looking through the table of contents for the 2009 Demographic Yearbook, I saw that it included lists of the top 10 baby names in Lithuania for that year.
I often joke that I can tell the most common Lithuanian names by looking at the names in my mobile phone contacts list. I know a lot of women named Ieva, Giedrė, Aušra and Eglė. And I know a lot of men named Arunas, Vytautas, Dainius and Saulius. I was interested to see a quite different list of current popular names.
Top 10 Boys’ Names for 2009
Top 10 Girls’ Names for 2009