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Names

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Population and Education, Social statistics
Dorthe Larsen
+45 39 17 33 07

dla@dst.dk

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Names

The statistics concern the names of newborn babies and the whole population in Denmark at 1st January by first name and surname.

The statistics were established in 1995, at first undertaken as a project for the Department of Name Research at Copenhagen University. The statistics were first published in 1995 and were based on the population of newborn children in 1993.

Today, data concerning names are published biannually. In January lists concerning the whole population are published and in July lists concerning the newborn babies 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 of newborn babies.

The statistics are based on the first name. Hyphenated first names are considered as one name. Names, which can be spelt in several different ways, are included with the most popular spelling in the given year.

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Statistical processing

Daily deliveries from the Central Population Register (CPR) form the basis for the statistics.

Data are not subjected to check for errors.

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Relevance

The statistics are used by the Department of Name Research at Copenhagen University, the media, private people and private businesses manufacturing products with ready-printed names.

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Accuracy and reliability

The statistics are based on the Central Population Register (CPR). The quality of the data is very high.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics concerning names for the whole population is published app. 15 days after the end of the year.

The statistics concerning names of newborn babies are published app. 6½ months after the end of the year, as we have to wait for their baby names, which must be given up to 6 months after the baby was born.

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Comparability

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

News from Statistics Denmark and Statistical Yearbook.

On https://www.dst.dk/navne all lists of names and databases concerning names are available.

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