Top baby-names in the Netherlands in 2020: can you spot your name on the list?

We’re going to be seeing a lot more of Mila‘s and Finn‘s in the Netherlands. How do we know this? 24Baby has released the trends in baby-names in the Netherlands for 2020, and it looks like the same names (both girls’ and boys’ names) are as popular as the previous years.

According to them, baby-names in the Netherlands tend to be “short and tough”. Good news for anyone who has a hard time with Dutch names! They are names that have only three to four letters and have one to two syllables. To be fair, any name with more is cut short to a nickname with these name dimensions (?) anyway. My name is Kavana and it has been cut short to Kav, Kava, Kavan, Kavs, Kavzzzz and so many other infuriating abbreviations.

So what Dutch names do you have to practice?

Girl baby-names in the Netherlands

The short and tough female Dutch names that are popular are usually abbreviations of longer names that the parents have adapted like Lot ( Lotte ), Noor (Nora), Suus ( Susanne ) and Juul (Julia). Dutch names as well names from different parts of the world have been becoming more popular. Like Liv (Norwegian), Mila (Slavic), Zoë (Greek) and Yara (Arabic). And they are increasingly names that end with the letter A.

Names for girls from the bible also make an appearance in the top 20. Everything said and done about the bible, they do have some nice names in there. These are Eve, Sara, Elin and Evi. Will they turn out to be atheist, agnostic, religious, or Pastafarian?

Parents also love a double first name, especially for girls. Because what’s a great way for parents to show they mean business? Use all of the names you have given your kid! Any name in combination with ‘Mae’ (Britt-Mae, Loua-Mae), Rose (Ivy-Rose, Layla-Rose), and Nova (Nova-Jade, Nova-Jess) have been popular. So if they have a second name along with a family name, you just know you’re in trouble when they put in the effort to say Ivy-Rose van der Berg in the same breath.

Top 10 girl baby-names in the Netherlands for 2020

  1. Mila / Myla
  2. Emma
  3. Tess
  4. Julia
  5. Sophie
  6. Noor
  7. Elin
  8. Zoe
  9. Yara
  10. Nora / Norah

Boy baby-names in the Netherlands

Parents like to fashion boy names with an international appeal. But unlike girl names, boy names are mostly English like Jack, James and Dean. And like girl names, parents have been paying attention to the bible because they do love their Adam’s, Noah’s, and Thomas’s.

But for double first names for boys? That’s less common. So parents won’t be giving babies double first boy names, and inadvertently inducing some sort of identity crisis in them. I mean, names like Jake-Avery, Jayden-Vince and Xavi-Lorenzo are a bit of a mouthful to say.

You will also see a lot more boy names with either “ai” or “ay” in their names.

Top 10 boy baby-names in the Netherlands in 2020

  1. Finn
  2. Noah
  3. Sem
  4. Levi
  5. Lucas
  6. Liam
  7. Noud
  8. Milan
  9. Luuk
  10. Sam
Did you spot your name somewhere in there? Let us know in the comments if you did, or even if you didn’t!
Feature Image: esudroff/Pixabay
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in September 2019, and was fully updated in November 2020 for your reading pleasure.
Kavana Desai
Kavana Desai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


  1. nobody wanted me to name my baby Saskia Victoria. I did anyways. Everyone here in the US (northern VA area) love it!!!

  2. My husband is from the Nertherlands and our daughter named her daughter Holland! We love it. Not a popular name here in the States, but is so special to our family and people here seem to love it as well 😀


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