Should Czech women be able to choose whether or not to use the ending -ová in their surname? A debate over the question has flared up again after the cabinet approved a draft law on birth registers, which denies women the possibility to do so. The Pirate Party calls it discriminatory and wants to reverse the decision in the Lower House.
The most popular names given to newborns born in the Czech Republic in
January this year were Jan for boys and Eliška for girls, the Czech
Statistical Office (ČSÚ) revealed on Monday. The bureau has been tracking
most popular names given in Czech Republic since 1999.
The next most popular boy’s names, in order, were Jakub, Matyáš, Filip, and Adam. Tomáš, which had been third most popular since 1999, slipped in January 2017 to seventh spot.
Among girls, the next two most popular names on the list were Tereza and Anna.
The most common names for babies in the Czech Republic are Jakub for boys and Eliška for girls, according to the Czech Statistics Office. Both names were also the most popular last year. Eliška was the most popular name in 2012 before being overtaken by Anna, which is now third behind second-placed Tereza. Jakub has alternated with Jan as the most common boy’s name in recent years.
Václav is one of traditional Czech names but it is going out of fashion, the news agency ČTK reported on Friday. According to government statistics, there are nearly 133,000 men and boys named Václav living in the country, some 20,000 fewer than two decades ago. Its currently the 17th most popular name in the country. Around 6,600 Czech women bear the female version of the name, Václava.
Jiří Novák is the most common name in the Czech Republic, according to figures released by the Interior Ministry on Tuesday. There are 2385 men with this name living in the country, followed by 2273 Petr Nováks and 1844 Jiří Svobodas. The most common female name is Marie Nováková, with 2252 women with that name. Curiously, there are also 119 men who share their name with the former Czech president, Václav Havel.
In Magazine this week: the Czech Republic's spy chief appears at a public ceremony in an unusual "disguise"; the statistics for executions between 1918 and 1989 have been compiled in a new publication; the museum of records and curiosities in the Bohemian town of Pelhrimov has reported a rather curious theft; a new form of transport is soon to hit the streets of Prague; and what do you think are the most common Czech names?