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Swiss Names

When you think of Switzerland, what comes to mind? The Alps, Heidi, chocolate, banks…? When it comes to the topic of names, The Swiss Confederation is a very interesting mix. They have four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansch. As a result, they have more than one top 10 list for names.

In 2015, in the French region of Switzerland, the most popular name for girls was Emma and for boys it was Gabriel. In the German region, Mia was the top girl’s name and it was Leon for the boys. In the Italian region, Sofia ranked No. 1 for girls and Leonardo was the top choice for boys.

The president of Switzerland changes every year. Here are the names of Swiss Presidents since the year 2000, reflecting the country’s diversity in name origins.

2000 – Adolf Ogi
2001 – Moritz Leuenberger
2002 – Kaspar Villiger
2003 – Pascal Couchepin
2004 – Joseph Deiss
2005 – Samuel Schmid
2006 – Moritz Leuenberger
2007 – Micheline Calmy-Rey
2008 – Pascal Couchepin
2009 – Hans-Rudolf Merz
2010 – Doris Leuthard
2011 – Micheline Calmy-Rey
2012 – Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf
2013 – Ulrich “Ueli” Maurer
2014 – Didier Burkhalter
2015 – Simonetta Sommaruga
2016 – Johann Schneider-Ammann

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