If all you know about Greek culture is what you saw in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you might think that there are only two or three popular Greek names in the entire country. (You'll recall that Toula's father, Gus Portokalos, introduces his large family to Toula's future in-laws at a welcome party featuring a lamb roast and lots of ouzo. The very WASP-y Millers are overwhelmed by the abundance of Nicks, Anitas, and Dianes among all the nieces, nephews, and cousins.)
Surprisingly, this gag has more than a bit of truth to it. According to stats quoted by Behind the Name, a full 40 percent of Greek men have one of the top five names, and 60 percent have a name in the top 10. Three of every 10 Greek women own one of the most common five names. What folks in Greece lack in originality, they make up for in tradition: The Greek Reporter website explained that it's common for Greek parents to name children after their grandparents, which would explain all the duplicate names in the Portokalos clan.
Whether you're on the hunt for names for your baby, your gaming characters or your novel-in-progress, it's fascinating to see which ones are top choices internationally. According to Greek national statistics quoted by The National Herald, these are the top 20 names in Greece. While some are unique to Hellenic culture, others are the Greek versions of names you know well. Maybe one or more of them will become your new favorites. (Having a shot of ouzo at your side is optional.)