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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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# People
% Male
Country
516,143
74
Jordan
224,783
> 99
Chad
79,677
< 1
Georgia
64,359
98
Israel
26,584
8
Kenya
22,014
< 1
India
10,364
< 1
Malaysia
6,229
2
Ireland
5,070
15
Egypt
4,231
< 1
China
# People
% Male
Country
1,978
< 1
Italy
1,801
< 1
Dominica
1,617
75
Iran
1,529
2
Jamaica
1,383
5
Mali
869
92
Taiwan
794
< 1
Nigeria
678
12
France
655
9
Brazil
650
< 1
Tanzania
104 Recent Comments
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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 58
Jun 6, 2024
Those are last names..
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Level 71
May 16, 2021
All of those are last names though
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Level 65
May 23, 2021
I think Alec baldwin has a daughter named Ireland
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Level 72
Jun 2, 2024
You think correctly, she is also the daughter of Kim Basinger.
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Level 56
Jun 4, 2024
Erin is a pretty common name, which is just another word for Ireland.
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Level 69
Nov 29, 2017
Cuba Gooding Jr is very displeased
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Level 77
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 37
Jun 3, 2024
But America isn't the name of the country, is it?
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Level 68
Jun 18, 2024
I guess United States of America Smith wouldn't sound great either...
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Level 72
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 37
Jun 3, 2024
Bangladesh would be funny too
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Level 34
Jun 4, 2024
Or United Arab Emirates
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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 52
Jun 4, 2024
There is a Namibia.
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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 38
May 22, 2021
Imagine calling your child Turkey
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Level 51
Jun 2, 2024
You think it's better to call him Sausage or Ham instead?
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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 72
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 72
Jun 2, 2024
Nah, they call themselves Argentina but their real names are ‘Germany’ and ‘Italy.’
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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 55
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 37
Jun 3, 2024
My name is Israel, but I'm from Brazil. And here it is a quite common name.
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Level 47
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 60
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 62
May 17, 2021
What is the last name?
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Level 60
May 22, 2021
Quizmaster
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Level 64
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 71
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 62
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 77
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 55
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 60
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 58
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 58
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 70
May 23, 2021
Nigeria???
+5
Level 59
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 60
Aug 13, 2021
Chad
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Level 42
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 56
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 78
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 44
Jun 2, 2024
Brazil is on there now :)
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Level 21
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.
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Level 53
Jun 2, 2024
please tell me this comment is a joke
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Level 44
May 11, 2024
i legit sat down and said names out loud like "meet our girl Eswatini" or "look, baby Papua New Guinea". still did pretty bad on this quiz but had a good laugh!

naming my kid Andorra now. Annie for short!

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Level 85
Jun 2, 2024
It looks like 4 people with Tonga as their given names are important enough to have their own Wikipedia pages.
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Level 62
Jun 2, 2024
Poor children! Fantasy always overtakes reality: in Hillaire Belloc's poem The Modern Traveller there's a Liberian high official named Cain Abolition Beecher Boz. At the turn of the (previous) century this kind of name was meant as a joke, but... :)
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Level 58
Jun 2, 2024
Jordan, Chad, Georgia, Dominica, and Mali all existed as names in their own right. The rest were derived from the names of countries (yes, even Israel).
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Level 58
Jun 2, 2024
Somebody needs to name their child 'Niger' already.
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Level 66
Jun 2, 2024
Dominica sounds like such a cool name
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Level 43
Jun 2, 2024
I'm planning on naming my child People's Republic of China, so you can add that!

(Also I mean the full name, not just China.)

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Level 21
Jun 2, 2024
As a non-American here, this list was WILD. I'm also slightly disappointed there aren't thousands of São Tomé and Príncipe's around. Now that would be a nice, quirky name.
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Level 59
Jun 3, 2024
don't know if it's just because I'm Australian, but I expected Mali to be MUCH higher on this list. The number of girls I've known who have been called Mali or Amarli or Mahli or some variation of the name is crazy.
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Level 72
Jun 3, 2024
Mali is reasonably common here in Wales too, but not as a reference to the country (it's a Welsh variant of 'Molly')
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Level 72
Jun 3, 2024
If you're thinking of naming your child after a country, here's a handy guide to which names work and which don't:

Yes: Georgia, Mali, Jordan

No: Central African Republic, Federated States of Micronesia, Turkey

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Level 47
Jun 3, 2024
WHERES MY BOY DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO??????
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Level 71
Jun 3, 2024
I was hoping for Barbados Slim from Futurama--surely many American mothers would name their sons after this strapping man.
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Level 20
Jun 3, 2024
omg im Iranian and totally didnt thin about it, i wrote persia thinking that can be a name. Iran is actually a girls name in Iran and usually older women
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Level 53
Jun 4, 2024
Surprised Democratic Republic of the Congo isn't on here
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Level 76
Jun 4, 2024
WTH????
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Level 32
Jun 6, 2024
Who would name their child China