These are the most common names in Mexico

The names most commonly chosen by Mexicans for newborns have changed since in the past they were chosen according to the Catholic saints' calendar.

These are the most common names in Mexico
The list of the most common names chosen for newborns throughout Mexico. Photo by Daniel Thomas / Unsplash

The National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi) released the most popular names in the country, information in which you can corroborate if you are indeed within the list.

The organization published through the web portal "Cuéntame de México", birth figures in the Republic and explained, among other data, that in 2020, 400,000 names were registered, of which 260,000 were women's and 160,000 were men's names.

According to these data, the most chosen name for girls was "Sofia", while for boys the choice was "Santiago".

Here are the 13 most common names between 2017 and 2020, for both men and women, and the total number of people who are currently named this way, according to the official registry.

Common names for girls

  1. Sofía: there are 30,154 women registered with this name currently in Mexico.
    María José: with 23,848 women.
  2. Valentina: 23,545
  3. Ximena: 23,227
  4. Regina: 22,604
  5. Camila: 20,412
  6. Maria Fernanda: 18,800
  7. Valeria: 17,842
  8. Renata: 17,063
  9. Victoria: 16,544.
  10. Natalia: 14,946
  11. Daniela: 14,188
  12. Isabella: 13,659

Most common names for boys

  1. Santiago: there are 46,943 Mexicans registered with this name.
  2. Mateo: 35,482 Mexicans are named Mateo, according to the registry.
    Sebastian: 25,554
  3. Leonardo: 23,687
  4. Matías: 21,953
  5. Emiliano: 20,863
  6. Diego: 20,005
  7. Michelangelo: 18,558
  8. Daniel: 17,928
  9. Alexander: 16,491
  10. Alexander: 16,093
  11. Jesus: 14,896
  12. Gael: 14,392

Birth rate decreases in Mexico

One of the relevant data presented by Inegi is the decrease in births. In 2011, 2.5 million births were registered, while in 2020 the figure dropped to 1.6 million. These figures updated to 2020 represent a decrease of 900,000 birth registrations.

In recent years, there was a trend of more female births than male births, with 1,629,211 births registered, of which 49% were female and 51% were male. In 2020, 67% of mothers were under 30 years of age.

By states, Chiapas, Guerrero and Zacatecas registered the highest number of births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 49. In contrast, Mexico City, the State of Mexico and Sonora were the states with the fewest births. As for the months of the year, September was the month with the highest number of births in 2020, with 9.2%.