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Names

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Population and Education, Social statistics
Dorthe Larsen
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Names

These statistics covers names in the Danish population. Statistics on names was established in 1995, initially as a project for the Department of Name Research at Copenhagen University.

Statistics on names was first published in 1995 and was based on the population of newborn children in 1993. Today, statistics on names are published two times a year. In January, lists concerning the whole population are published and in July, lists concerning names of newborn the previous year are published.

Statistical presentation

The statistics concerning names are split up into two different statistics. One concerns the whole population in Denmark at 1st January by first name and surname. The other concerns names given to newborn children during a given year.

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Statistical processing

Data for these statistics is collected from the Central Person Register (CPR) using a system-to-system solution. The fact that the CPR number and the updating of residence and marital information, etc. is a prerequisite for a wide range of public services, ensures a continuous validation of the register.

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Relevance

The statistics are used by the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (NorS) at Copenhagen University, the media, private people and private businesses manufacturing products with ready-printed names.

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Accuracy and reliability

Statistics on names are based on the population registered in the Central Person Register (CPR). Proper registration in the CPR is a prerequisite for leading a normal life in Denmark with access to health care, banks, employment, setting up one's own business, participation in elections, etc. That is why the overall quality and reliability of the CPR is considered very high.

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Timeliness and punctuality

Names of newborn children are published in July, in the year after end of the reference year. Names of the total population are published in the middle of January. The statistics are usually published without delay in relation to the scheduled date.

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Comparability

Statistics on names of the total population is comparable since 2002 and statistics on names of newborn children can be compared since 1985. From 1996 the statistics concerning names includes all people living in Denmark. Before 1996 the statistics concerning names only included Danish citizens living in Denmark. The statistics concerning names are internationally comparable.

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Accessibility and clarity

Statistics on names are published in two separate Danish press releases. Lists of names are available on the subject pages concerning Names of the total population and Names of newborn children.

In the name database How many Danes have the name... it is possible to enter a first and/or last name and find out how many have a given name.

In Statistics Denmark's Barometer of names it is possible to enter a first name and see the development in how many newborns have been given a given first name over the years.

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