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These are the most popular names for boys and girls in Turkey

A report published a few days ago by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) has revealed which were the most popular names for boys and girls in Turkey in the past year 2023, revealing significant changes from the previous year.

The study shows that Alparslan was the most popular name for Turkish boys born in 2023, and Asel was the most popular name for girls – a change from 2022, when Alparslan was the most popular name for boys, but Zeynep was the most popular name for girls.

By province, the highest proportion of children (44.4%) is found in Şanlıurfa, while the lowest percentage is found in the Turkish province of Tunceli, where only 16.5% of its inhabitants are children. The report adds that children currently make up 26% of Turkey’s population, and while this percentage is still higher than in European countries, it is expected to decline to 19% by 2080.

In total, 8,957 male babies born in 2023 in Turkey were named Alparslan, while Asel was the name chosen by parents for 8,114 girls born last year. After these two, the most popular names among boys and girls in Turkey were Yusuf and Göktuğ for boys, while Zeynep and Defne ranked second and third among girls, as revealed by TÜİK.