The 10 most popular names in South Africa

Parents with their newborn baby
Parents and their newborn. monkeybusinessimages/

Not sure what to name your child? Get inspiration from SA’s most popular names for 2017.

One of the biggest decisions you will make as a parent is naming your child. You might face pressure from family, and friends when it comes to making that decision, but the choice remains yours and your partner’s alone.

Whether you choose a traditional name, to name your child after your favourite celebrity or choose a unique name, there’s no denying that a name is important. You want to make sure the name you give your child doesn’t lead to them being teased or made fun of.

Because we understand that trying to pick a name is difficult, we looked at some of the most popular names South African parents gave their children in 2017.

According to Stats SA, the most popular first name for both boys and girls is Enzokuhle, which means ‘do good’. It was followed by the name Melokuhle which means ‘stand for what is right’. While the most popular middle names include Precious, Junior, Blessing, Gift, Faith, Hope, Innocent and Pretty.

The top 10 most popular male first names for 2017:
1. Enzokuhle
3. Melokuhle
4. Lubanzi
5. Amogelang
6. Siyabonga
7. Bandile
8. Junior
9. Bokamoso
10. Mpho

The top 10 most popular female first names for 2017 were:
1. Enzokuhle
2. Melokuhle
3. Amahle
4. Lethabo
5. Amogelang
6. Omphile
7. Lesedi
8. Rethabile
9. Luthando
10. Thandolwethu

Which name do you like the most? Share with us in the comments section below.