Most popular baby names of 2021 revealed

The Mairie’s annual civil status report has revealed the five most popular names for girls and boys born in the Principality in 2021, with Victoria and Gabrielle coming out on top.

Each January, the Mairie presents civil status figures for the previous year, detailing the number of major life of events in the Principality such as births, marriages and deaths.

The report for 2021 shows that civil status figures are up compared to 2020, with the exception of divorces, which are down slightly.

There were 975 births last year at the Maternity Unit of the Princess Grace Hospital Centre (CHPG) and only one at home. Around the same number of children were born to married parents (495), as opposed to those out of wedlock (481), and the vast majority of families, 728, lived outside of Monaco, mostly in the municipalities of Menton (220), Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (110) and Beausoleil (103).

There were more boys (498) than girls (478), and 65 additional births on the previous year.

The eagerly awaited top five names were also revealed, with Victoria, Louise, Lena, Léa and Anna in the lead for girls, and Gabriel, Matteo, Leo, Louis and Raphaël for boys.

Meanwhile, there were 181 marriages recorded in the Principality in 2021, slightly higher than the figure of 174 in 2020. Three of these marriages united two people of Monegasque nationality, while 52 Monegasque men married a woman of foreign nationality, and 25 Monegasque women chose a foreign husband.

More men (314) than women (289) died last year, and most deaths occurred in a hospital (87%) or clinic (5%). Among them, 297 were residents of Monaco, while 306 lived in neighbouring municipalities. There were 68 more deaths in Monaco in 2021 compared to the previous year.

Finally, for the second year in a row, the number of divorces dropped slightly with 58 recorded in 2021, compared to 63 in 2020 and 70 in 2019, all nationalities combined.

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