For the first time, an Arabic name has won first place in the rankings of the most popular first names given to newborns in a German state, specifically in Bremen. In 2017, Muhammad and Leon were the two most frequently given names in the state, according to the government-sponsored Association for the German Language (GfdS).
Alexander came in third place. For newborn girls, however, the rankings have not changed: as in 2016, Sophie, Marie, and Sophia were the three most popular names in 2017.
“We suspect it has to do with immigration,” Frauke Rüdebusch, a GfdS spokeswoman, told the newspaper Weser-Kurier. “There is more immigration in the big cities than in the rural areas.” She added that the fact that the city of Bremen is a state in itself has to be taken into account, since Germany’s other cities have their statistics combined with those of the state as a whole.