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Countries as U.S. First Names

Which countries are also popular first names in the United States? The answers may surprise you!
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Last updated: May 15, 2021
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First submittedAugust 26, 2017
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# People
% Male
Country
503,381
74
Jordan
226,392
> 99
Chad
78,874
< 1
Georgia
59,939
98
Israel
26,195
8
Kenya
21,363
< 1
India
9,015
< 1
Malaysia
5,813
2
Ireland
4,225
< 1
China
4,052
13
Egypt
# People
% Male
Country
1,799
< 1
Dominica
1,603
74
Iran
1,599
< 1
Italy
1,499
2
Jamaica
1,202
4
Mali
862
92
Taiwan
776
< 1
Nigeria
723
12
France
651
< 1
Tanzania
571
< 1
Tunisia
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Level 77
Oct 24, 2017
I was so hoping the quiz would be more things like Philip for Philippines or Lucia for St Lucia and not names like Turkey. Then again, Turk from Scrubs...
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Level 72
Oct 27, 2017
His last name was Turk. I thought of that as well though.
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Level 44
Nov 29, 2017
i remember the name of turk. his full name is

DeShawn Jamal Turk

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Level 76
Aug 22, 2018
What? His first name was Christopher.
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Level 78
May 22, 2021
You're all wrong, his name is Turk Turkleton.
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Level 38
May 23, 2021
Maybe they're all different people.
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Level 82
Nov 29, 2017
Turki is a very popular name in Saudi Arabia. But the name of the country in Arabic is Turkia. Turki translated to English would be Turkish... like Jason Statham's character in Snatch.
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Level 74
Nov 29, 2017
I wondered about Marshall and Solomon...
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Level 65
Oct 28, 2017
Gee, where's Democratic Republic of the Congo? For short we call him Dirk.
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Level 65
Nov 29, 2017
Dr. Congo, please
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Level 70
Nov 29, 2017
I 'm changing my name to Central African Republic.
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Level 55
Nov 29, 2017
If you insist, Car.
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Level 61
May 22, 2021
Carlos. Or Carmen if you are a girl.
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Level 73
Nov 29, 2017
We thought we were ahead of the curve by naming our daughter Federated States of Micronesia Smith, but there are like three of them at our day care. I should have just gone with my wife's suggestion of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
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Level 55
Nov 29, 2017
That, or Bosnia and Herzegovina Smith. I've found it to be pretty uncommon so far.
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Level 62
Nov 29, 2017
Malaysia? No f^&%$&*)g way....
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Level 90
Nov 29, 2017
Most surprising revelation from this is that how unpopular Chad is. Malaysia is two times more common than it.
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Level 82
Nov 29, 2017
The Chad was great.
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Level 54
Nov 29, 2017
What inspiration. I shall name a child Nauru Kyrgyzstan El Salvador Jones
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Level 57
Nov 29, 2017
I thought Equatorial Guinea would make the list. Or North Korea and South Korea - great if you have twins!
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Level 71
May 19, 2018
:/ You know one of them will grow up to be the evil twin.
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Level 65
Nov 29, 2017
Georgia, Jordan, Israel, and Chad are the only real names on this list.
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Level 47
Nov 29, 2017
I know a few Kenyas
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Level 22
Nov 16, 2018
Kenya introduce us?
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Level 67
May 16, 2021
Kenya was a character in The Hate U Give.
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Level 81
May 24, 2021
What makes one name more "real" than another?
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Level 41
Nov 29, 2017
No Cuba gooding Jr lol
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Level 71
Nov 29, 2017
Why Ireland? A child would have "Land" in their name ...
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Level 82
Nov 29, 2017
Like Martin Landau? Tom Holland? John Landis? Kathy Ireland? Lando Calrissian? If there's a rule against this, better tell someone.
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Level 71
May 16, 2021
All of those are last names though
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Level 63
May 23, 2021
I think Alec baldwin has a daughter named Ireland
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Level 69
Nov 29, 2017
Cuba Gooding Jr is very displeased
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Level 76
Aug 22, 2018
Hey, he didn't HAVE to do Norbit.
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Level 82
May 22, 2021
And Seychelles Gabrielle.... insanely beautiful actress with a prettier name than any of the people represented in the above quiz.
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Level 82
May 22, 2021
Cuba is listed on the source, which claims there are just over 100 people with the name alive in the United States in 2020. Seychelles is a name that not even 100 people have, if the source is accurate. America didn't show up on this list, either, but according to another page it was the 410th most popular name in the US in 2002.
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Level 71
Nov 29, 2017
I've met a few women named Mali here in Wales - it's a Welsh variation of Molly. Would be interesting to see which countries are commonly used as names in different countries around the world :)
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Level 32
Nov 29, 2017
Yeah...to name their child umm...Liechtenstein...
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Level 48
Nov 30, 2017
Who names their kid Malaysia?
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Level 33
Dec 1, 2017
Who the hell would call their child Ireland..?
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Level 52
Jun 25, 2018
Alec Baldwin & Kim Basinger...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland_Baldwin

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Level 60
Dec 1, 2017
Oh I'm disappointed that Djibouti wasn't on here
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Level 66
Dec 6, 2017
How many people guessed Nambia?😂
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Level 69
Sep 4, 2018
Since there's no country named Nambia, I'm guessing nobody?
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Level 65
Dec 12, 2017
I expected Papua New Guinea.
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Level 65
Dec 12, 2017
Kazahk Stan Smith?
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Level 65
Dec 12, 2017
Turkey?
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Level 37
May 22, 2021
Imagine calling your child Turkey
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Level 65
Dec 12, 2017
Doesn't Jay Z have a kid named North Korea?
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Level 69
Sep 4, 2018
You're confusing Jay-Z with Kanye. Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, never do that again.
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Level 73
Oct 29, 2018
AMEN!
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Level 37
Mar 16, 2018
Missed Ireland and Chad. Surprised China isn't there... I know several chinas (all female).
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Level 69
Sep 4, 2018
I think they're generally spelled "Chynna" though, e.g. Chynna Phillips.
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Level 71
May 19, 2018
Ireland crossed my mind for some reason, but I thought there's no way anyone would be called that. I'm kinda surprised that China and France did not make the list.
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Level 48
Oct 31, 2018
How did Jordan not cross my mind?

That being said, I know it's a name... just forgot it's a country xD

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Level 87
Dec 19, 2018
Because Georgia was on your mind?
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Level 76
Dec 20, 2018
All the Argentina's must be in Mexico or way south...
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Level 68
Sep 21, 2019
I so wanted Hungary to make this list. Just think of the resulting confusion. Who the heck names their kid Malaysia, though? Never would have guessed that.
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Level 67
Feb 10, 2020
IRELAND?????
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Level 54
May 22, 2021
Honestly, a really cool name. Considering it for my future children.
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2020
I know someone named Laos, who is from Malaysia, but sadly that name is not common enough to warrant the name on the quiz.
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Level 62
Apr 11, 2020
The term “baby name” is idiotic. It’s only a baby for a year or so
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Level 69
Jul 11, 2020
I can't imagine what it must be like to be named Israel in middle/high school. Bullies would probably have a field day with that name
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Level 73
May 16, 2021
It's a common name for Hispanic boys and I don't think it's considered unusual in their communities.
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Level 48
Sep 26, 2020
"Hi, I'm Mike."

"Mike for Michael?"

"No, for Federated States of Micronesia."

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Level 65
Jan 28, 2021
Ah yes.

'Hello little Malaysia!"

"Hi Ireland"

These poor children, probably bullied XD

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Level 52
Apr 22, 2021
how are more people named malaysia than chad
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Level 79
May 16, 2021
I'm pretty there are many people named Malaya (which is where I come from)!
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Level 57
May 16, 2021
My name is the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana Democratic People's Republic of Korea United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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Level 61
May 16, 2021
My parents decided to go with a city name instead of a country one. However, they wanted to use the traditional name of the city in the language spoken there, so I'm named Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. That's only my given name, though. My last name is, in the same vein, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
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Level 79
May 16, 2021
Aaaarrgghhhhh... Just missed Italy!
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Level 77
May 16, 2021
First name "Cyprus" middle name "Is In Asia"
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Level 63
May 17, 2021
What is the last name?
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Level 60
May 22, 2021
Quizmaster
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Level 63
May 16, 2021
If I'll ever have twin kids, I'm gonna name them North Korea and South Korea
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Level 70
May 16, 2021
Funnyfact: here in Brazil, some years ago there was a soapopera with a family named after countries. The kids were called Israel, Italy, Afghanistan (!!) and Belgium. Their mother, if i'm not mistaken, was called Australia, and her siblings also had country names.

Tho, calling your children after countries is not common here. The only ones I remember to meet were Israel and Georgia. Brazilians are way more creative in this topic. Most of the names probably come from catholic religion, but we have lots of very creative and specific names that only exist here.

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Level 18
May 16, 2021
...I actually missed all of the ones I actually know people named (Georgia, Jordan, and India).
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Level 72
May 16, 2021
Who could forget Mali Ringwald.
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Level 63
May 17, 2021
There are literally people named Georgia and Taiwan in the room I am in right now, but I still missed them
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Level 82
May 22, 2021
What about America?
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Level 45
May 22, 2021
Now I'm thinking of countries that would make great names: Liberia, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican, Austria, Lesotho, Mali, Colombia, Argentina, Trinidad, Canada, Norway . . .
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Level 71
Nov 10, 2022
Mali is an uncommon but valid name in Wales - a Welsh variant of 'Molly'. There was a Mali in my school :)
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Level 74
May 22, 2021
In my class, Jordan wasn't Muslim, Chad was definitely white, and Israel wasn't familiar with Hanukkah.
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Level 54
May 22, 2021
TANZANIA?!
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Level 42
May 22, 2021
Description: Names of popular US first names

Me: Sees 571

Me: They're not popular

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Level 55
May 22, 2021
I was going to change my name to an Italian island.. until someone said don’t be Sicily
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Level 56
May 22, 2021
I somehow got Tunisia....... but not Chad

And I know people with the name Chad

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Level 71
May 23, 2021
Mildly disappointed that "Bosnia and Herzegovina" isn't up there...
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Level 60
May 23, 2021
Tunisia!
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Level 59
May 23, 2021
In Poland first name for girls "Dominika" is quite popular and it`s identical to polish exonym of Dominica.
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Level 68
May 23, 2021
Nigeria???
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Level 58
May 25, 2021
At least the didn't choose the name of Nigeria's northern neighbor...
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Level 55
May 26, 2021
I was born Siam Ceylon Smith. Of course I had to legally change my name.

Signed-

Thailand Sri Lanka Smith

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Level 57
Jul 24, 2021
Would you rather be named France Ireland or X Æ A-Xii?
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Level 59
Aug 13, 2021
Chad
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Level 40
Nov 14, 2021
surprised Trinidad and tobago wasnt on the list since its a common name (trinidad) for spanish speakers
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Level 55
May 21, 2022
I know a Brazil
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Level 52
May 28, 2022
Imagine being named Chad
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Level 59
Mar 8, 2023
Jordan, Chad, and Georgia are pretty common names I feel like.
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Level 76
Jan 2, 2023
Given some of these names, I'm surprised not to see Seychelles. By comparison, it seems better than a number of them.
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Level 41
Mar 5, 2023
Surprised to see the lack of South American countries. Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, they have a nice sound to them.
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Level 59
Mar 8, 2023
I thought some answers would include Peru, Chile, and Colombia. I suppose Tanzania is a better name.

There is this one girl in my school named Dominica . . .

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Level 19
Nov 21, 2023
There is a mistake in this quiz, Taiwan is not a country and is only recognised by 12 out of 193 UN member states.