The top ten most popular names for new born babies in South Africa

The most popular name given to newborn boys in South Africa last year was Junior, and for girls Iminathi.

Bokamoso appeared among the 10 most popular names for both genders. And Dlamini was the most common surname for babies born and registered in 2014, followed by Ntuli and Ngubane.

Most of the first names in the top 10 mean things like happiness, acceptance and thankfulness.

But a high number of the babies born last year will grow up without a father.

These findings are contained in the Recorded Live Births Report 2014 that was released by statistician-general Pali Lehohla yesterday.

A total of 1161159 births were registered in 2014, representing a slight decline of 0.5% from the number registered in 2013.

Lehohla said that 274000, or 24%, of the births represented late registrations of births from previous years.

Slightly more male births (587592) than female births (573567) were registered last year, yielding a sex ratio of 102 males per 100 female births registered for South Africa.

Most births occurred during March, January and September.

The statistician-general said South African women were late bloomers. The average age of those who gave birth in 2014 was 27 years.

The registration of more than two-thirds of the births did not have details of the father.

Few fathers whose children were born in 2014 were part of the household, according to the government report.

"There is a high level of absenteeism of males in households," Lehohla said.

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