These were Vienna’s most popular baby names in 2021

People born in 2021 will forever be known as pandemic babies, but what about their real names? Here are the most popular baby names in Vienna.

What would this baby be most likely to be called if they were born in Vienna last year? Photo: Filip Mroz/Unsplash

The City of Vienna has revealed the top baby names from 2021, ahead of Statistics Austria’s publication of the nationwide results in June 2022.

Data from Vienna’s population register was used to determine the most popular baby names in the capital city, with Emilia and Leon taking the top spot for girls and boys respectively, with 112 Emilias and 128 Leons born last year.

For girls, Mia came second (95 babies or 1.1 percent of newborn girls), followed by Lea in third place (90 babies or 1.0 percent). In the boys category, David was in second place (112, 1.2 percent) and Maximilian was third (111, 1.2 percent).

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However, the City of Vienna has published two lists of top baby names – one with the exact registered names and one as a ‘phonetic summary’, including common variations on each name. The latter combines baby names that are spelt differently but sound the same. 

For example, in the phonetic summary of girls’ names, Hanna and Hannah have been combined. This means the name is in third place, but on the “exact spelling” list the name doesn’t even make it into the top 10.

Here are the full results of the most popular names in Vienna in 2021.

In 2020, the most popular baby names in the country were Marie and Jakob, according to Statistics Austria. 

Marie was chosen 734 times (1.8 percent of all female baby names) and Jakob was registered 794 times (1.8 percent), becoming the most popular name for a boy in Austria for the first time.

Marie has been in the top ten most popular girl’s names in Austria every year from 2009 to 2020, but fell out of the top ten last year. 

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Cost of living: Austria’s postal service announces prices increases

Prices in Austria continue to rise and, this time, mailing letters and parcels will become more expensive. Here is what you need to know.

Cost of living: Austria's postal service announces prices increases

Austria’s postal service Post said business is “difficult” due to “inflation and uncertainty in the energy market”, stating that the package volume has decreased while their operation costs went up.

The state company’s answer to the challenging scenario is to increase parcel prices, and the changes will be valid starting in October.

Starting on October 1st, prices for posting S letters will go up from €0.85 to €1, M letters from €1.35 to €1.40, S packages from €2.75 to €3 and M packages from €4.30 to €4.50.

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“The first six months of 2022 posed major challenges for companies, especially in Europe”, Post said, stating that the “COVID-19 pandemic, its countermeasures and the resulting delays in the global value chain were the starting point for what is now a worldwide inflationary trend.”

“The war in Ukraine has exacerbated the price increases for important raw materials and energy sources. These conditions will continue in the second half of the year. There is also a risk that the energy market will remain difficult to predict and gas supplies in parts of Europe will not be secure.”

Rising inflation and staff shortages

Inflation has been rising in Austria, reaching 9.2% in July, with essential items becoming increasingly more expensive.

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So far, the wave of inflation has affected chiefly energy and food prices but has now also arrived in the gastronomy sector, with increasing costs in bars and restaurants across the country.

However, as fuel and energy prices soar, people in Austria will see increases in all sectors, including postage services.

Another major challenge in the Austrian economy is labour shortage – and Post is now having difficulty finding new employees, especially drivers and workers for its distribution centres.

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“We have virtually full employment”, Post CEO Georg Pölzl told the daily Der Standard. He said that the company could immediately hire 1,000 people – if they were able to find the workers.