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20 Most Popular Baby Names in the Philippines!

These were the most popular names in the Philippines in 2017. Is your baby's name on the list?
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We recently shared the top baby names U.S. parents loved the most in 2018, but aren’t you curious as to what the most popular ones in the Philippines are? The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released an infographic of the most common baby names in 2017.

Most popular baby names

The most popular baby name for girls in 2017 was Althea, with 2,215 registered with the name. It also topped the list in 2016. For boys, Nathaniel remains to be the most popular name for the third consecutive year, with 2,453 boys registered with the name. (In 2016, 3,414 boys were named Nathaniel. In 2015, there were 6,507!)

The popularity of Nathaniel may be largely credited to a local TV show where the central character was an angel with the name. But it may also be because religious figures are a constant source of inspiration for Filipino parents. The top 10 names for boys are all related to Christianity (in the Bible, Bartholomew Nathaniel is one of Jesus’ 12 apostles).

Here’s the complete list of the most popular baby names of 2017, as well as their meanings:

Boys

Nathaniel 
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Gift of God

James
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: One who follows

Jacob
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Supplanter

Angelo
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Messenger

Joshua
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: The Lord is my salvation

Gabriel
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: God is my strength

Christian
Origin: Greek
Meaning: Follower of Christ

John Mark
Origin: Hebrew (John) and Latin (Mark)
Meaning: God is gracious (John) and warlike (Mark)

Nathan
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Given

Daniel
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: God is my judge

Girls

Althea
Origin: Greek
Meaning: With healing power

Angel
Origin: Greek
Meaning: Angelic

Princess
Origin: English
Meaning: Word name

Samantha
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Told by God

Angela
Origin: Latin
Meaning: Angel

Sophia
Origin: Greek
Meaning: Wisdom

Sofia
A variant of Sophia.

Andrea
Origin: Greek; Meaning: Strong

Ashley
Origin: English; Meaning: dweller near the ash tree

Janella
Origin: English, a variant of Jane
Meaning: God is gracious

The PSA also listed the most popular names per region. Nathaniel is most popular in CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region) and Regions I and II. In NCR and Region III, the most popular name for boys is Jacob. For CALABARZON, it’s Gabriel.

James is popular in 9 regions and mostly in Visayas and Mindanao. Angelo is the most popular name in Region XII. Mohammad (also spelled Muhammad), who is the founder of Islamic religion and whose name means praiseworthy or glorified, is the most popular name for boys in the ARMM region.

For girls, Althea is the most popular baby name in 7 regions. Ashley is the top pick for CAR, while Princess is most common in Region II. Samantha is popular in NCR and Region III.

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The name Angel is popular in 4 regions — Region I, V, VI, and IX. Its variant, Angela, is popular in Region XII.

Morjannah, possibly a variant of Marjanah and which means coral or precious stone is the most popular baby name in ARMM.

Are you expecting this December? They say babies born on this month are extra special. What do you plan to name your babies, moms? Share it with us in the comments!

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