Popularity of names in Costa Rica, 1970

Costa Rica 1970

Yes, I am back to sharing stuff here on this blog, starting with the names that have been popular and uncommon in Costa Rica back in 1970.

Some notes that I want to get out first:

  • Only first names are counted on this list, meaning you don’t see María Lucía or Kattia María etc.
  • The names on the list do not include any diacritics, as recorded in the birth index.
  • The limit on the number of persons being given a particular name on the list is 4.
  • Not counted are persons recorded in the index as ‘Innominado’ or ‘Innominada’ (Unnamed).

As a preview of the type of names you might expect to see on the list, here are the top 20 names being given to babies born in 1970:

GIRL

Rank Name Number Percentage
1 MARIA 3,968 12.609%
2 ANA 2,184 6.940%
3 KATTIA 784 2.491%
4 XINIA 536 1.703%
5 ROSA 396 1.258%
6 SANDRA 380 1.207%
7 CARMEN 360 1.144%
8 OLGA 349 1.109%
9 LAURA 338 1.074%
10 SHIRLEY 334 1.061%
11 SONIA 331 1.052%
12 MARTA 330 1.049%
13 SILVIA 321 1.020%
14 JENNY 270 0.858%
15 MARJORIE 266 0.845%
16 FLOR 247 0.785%
17 KAREN 243 0.772%
18 YAMILETH 242 0.769%
19 ELIZABETH 209 0.664%
20 ROXANA 203 0.645%

BOY

1 JOSE 2,615 7.921%
2 LUIS 1,781 5.395%
3 CARLOS 1,512 4.580%
4 JUAN 1,249 3.783%
5 JORGE 920 2.787%
6 RONALD 599 1.814%
7 VICTOR 565 1.711%
8 GERARDO 518 1.569%
9 RAFAEL 505 1.530%
10 ALEXANDER 489 1.481%
11 OSCAR 478 1.448%
12 MARCO 456 1.381%
13 MARIO 445 1.348%
14 MANUEL 418 1.266%
15 MAURICIO 402 1.218%
16 WILLIAM 399 1.209%
17 MARVIN 391 1.184%
18 JOHNNY 378 1.145%
19 RANDALL 353 1.069%
20 HENRY 335 1.015%

Right off the bat, you can see some typical Spanish names mixed in with several ‘English’ names and one Arabic-derived name in the top 20. To me, the name that I’m most surprised to see in the top 20 is Ronald.

If you want to see the (nearly-)full list of names beyond the top 20 preview, the PDF is included here.

Let me know any bits and pieces of the list that you are surprised or interested to see in the comments below. There wouldn’t be another post on this blog for a long while, so I’ll be on the Beyond Sakura and Hiroshi blog posting some more familiar and obscure Japanese names, so check that out in the meantime.

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