What Are the Most Common Czech Names?

What Are the Most Common Czech Names?

What’s in a (Czech) name?

The organization Česko v datech (Czech Republic in Data) has just released a study comparing the frequency of names in the Czech Republic throughout the past 70 years, turning up some interesting trends. 

Did you know, for example, that Jan is no longer the most popular Czech name for men? Or what the most popular name for women is in the current decade?

In the 1940s, the most popular male name was Josef, followed closely by Jiří, Jaroslav, František, and Jan. For women, the most popular name by far was Marie. Next came Jana, Anna, Věra, and Eva. 

This chart from Česko v datech details the most popular Czech names in the 1940s:

Image: Česko v datech
Image: Česko v datech

Over the decades, the popularity of these names changed considerably. Petr became the most popular name in the 60s and 70s, while Jan held that title from the 80s through the 2000s. 

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For women, a different name has been the most popular in each decade since the 1960s, with Jana, Lucie, Kateřina, and Tereza occupying that position. 

Today, Eliška is the most popular name among women. Tereza, Adéla, Anna, and Natálie round out the top 5. 

For men, Honza has finally been usurped. In the current decade, Jakub is the most popular male name, followed by Jan, Tomáš, Adam, and Matyáš.

Here’s the chart for the 2010s:

Image: Česko v datech
Image: Česko v datech

The most common surname in the Czech Republic probably won’t surprise anyone: Novák remains the most popular, with Svoboda and Novotný coming in at a distant second and third. 

Full results of the study can be found at the website of Česko v datech

Dave Park

David Park was born and raised in Baltimore and has been living in the Czech Republic since 2009 after studying journalism in Prague. No stranger to controversial topics, feel free to comment on his articles and let him know how you *really* feel.

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