This trend is most marked in the USA. Among the names given to the newly born in 2007, the top five are Biblical.
The fifteen most popular names are:Jacob, Michael, Ethan, Joshua, Daniel, Christopher, Antony, William, Matthew, Andrew, Alexander, David, Joseph, Noah and James.
Among the fifteen most popular names in The US then only four are not directly from the Bible, and Christopher at number six also has an early Christian origin.
So of the fifteen most popular names in the United Kingdom, nine are Biblical.
So three variants of the Biblical name Matthew are in this French list.
In many countries variants of Lucas (Saint Luke) have become very popular in the last ten years. In the 1990’s for example, they were ranked twenty-first in Germany and Austria, and fourteenth in Sweden and Denmark, now they hold the very first position.