Boy Names of Latvian language or origin
Latvian names for baby boys, with 75 entries. Latvian names have primarily had their roots in traditional Latvian literature or popular biblical names. During the era of Russian domination, Latvian names were often russified and followed the Russian convention of adding a patronymic name to a person’s full name. Latvian names for boys – which mainly ended with “s” or “is” as part of Latvian language rules identifying masculine endings, also had their endings truncated during that era. For example, Janis, a popular boy’s name, would be Jani; and Edgars, Edgar. After Soviet times, Latvian names began to return to their traditional Latvian roots, a trend that emerged alongside a rush of western names into Latvian popular culture.
Latvian names are somewhat popular baby names for boys. The names rose in popularity from the 1960s up to the 1990s. At the modest height of their usage in 1994, 0.019% of baby boys were given Latvian names. There was 1 Latvian name ranked within the top 1000 baby names then. Latvian names have since experienced a decline in popularity. In 2018, 1 Latvian name listed among the top 1000, with a usage of 0.011%.