Popularity of names in Turkey, 2015

Turkey 2015

Zeynep and Yusuf remain the top names given to Turkish babies last year according to the Turkish Statistical Institute. Yusuf has been the number 1 boy name for 3 years in a row while Zeynep has been the number 1 girl name thrice (three times) as long as Yusuf, for 9 years in a row.

Here are the top 10 names for each gender:

GIRL

BOY

Rank

Name Change

Rank

Name Change

1

Zeynep 0

1

Yusuf 0

2

Elif 0

2

Eymen 4

3

Hiranur 0

3

Mustafa 0

4

Miray 4

4

Ömer 0

5

Ecrin 0

5

Berat -3

6

Zehra 0

6

Miraç 2

7

Eylül 3

7

Ayaz 5

8

Azra -1

8

Ahmet -3

9

Defne 16

9

Mehmet 0

10

Nehir -1

10

Muhammed -3

One noted name on the girl’s top 10 is Defne and it means “bay (leaf)” or “laurel,” which, according to Shibbeh over at BtN (the one who edited the entry before Frollein Gladys), may lead to it becoming a possible rendition of Daphne. The name jumped from 25th place in 2014 to 9th last year and after a bit of research as to the cause of that jump, it looks as if the romantic comedy series Kiralık Aşk (link in Turkish), which began airing its first season last June, was the most probable cause and here’s why:

  • The main character, played by Elçin Sangu, is called Defne Topal.
  • Based on the number of followers and likes on its official Instagram page, it is a pretty popular rom-com series.

Moving on to last year’s entrants and leavers:

  • Girls – Sare, Cansu, Arin, Güneş, Elif Su, Alya and Elif Ada entered the top 100 while Aslı, Ceylin, Nazlı, Semanur, Sudenaz, Tuğba and İlayda left the top 100
  • Boys – Ertuğrul, Toprak, Muhammed Eymen, Mehmet Emir and Yusuf Ali entered the top 100 while Mahmut, Mehmet Efe, Onur, Serhat and Taha left the top 100

Excluding names that have entered the top 100 (their ranks are not shown if they’re outside the top 100), the top 5 fastest risers are:

GIRL

BOY

Change

Name Rank

Change

Name Rank

+34

Elif Su 53

+37

Yusuf Eymen 49

+32

Hazal 56

+36

Selim 51

+32

Öykü 27

+28

Ömer Asaf 30

+20

Esila 36

+22

Barış 72

+17

Erva 37

+13

Aras 47

+13

Poyraz 21

+13

Yavuz Selim 62

+13

Yiğit 16

On the flip side, the top 5 fastest fallers are:

GIRL

BOY

Change

Name Rank

Change

Name Rank

-39

Mira 58

-22

Berkay 88

-23

Melis 88

-21

Efe 66

-23

Şevval 98

-15

Devran 91

-19

Havin 63

-15

Murat 64

-19

Şeyma 92

-14

Mehmet Akif 65

If you have any thoughts on the statistics, the formatting of this post or whatever, please comment below the sources section.

Sources:
Turkish Statistical Institute
Turkish Dictionary on the meaning of ‘defne’
Behind the Name – submitted entry on Defne

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