Our Bulgarian name database contains 7.628 Bulgarian first names and 2.746 Bulgarian surnames categorized by gender and frequency. After payment you can download the Bulgarian name database in CSV, SQL or JSON format and use it freely in your projects. The Bulgarian names are validated using official governmental databases we received in other countries which contained Bulgarian names as well. To create the Bulgarian name database we used 39.140 validated Bulgarian social media profiles. We have a detailed explanation of our methodology and illustrate our approach with several examples.

Bulgarian first names

In Bulgaria, parents typically pick a first name for their child based on a combination of traditional Bulgarian names, religious significance, and personal preference. Many parents will choose a name that has been passed down in their family for generations or one that is commonly used in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Some parents also choose to name their child after a respected family member or friend. Ultimately, the final decision on a first name is a personal one for the parents and is chosen with care and consideration for the child's future.

Popular male Bulgarian names

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Ivan 280 1.3% Spanish Mexican American
Georgi 267 1.2% British American German
John 222 1.0% American British Canadian
Dimitar 215 1.0% Macedonian British American
Martin 211 1.0% British German American
Nikolay 208 0.9% Russian Ukrainian American
Michael 190 0.9% American British German
Daniel 183 0.8% American British Spanish
David 177 0.8% American British Spanish
Chris 177 0.8% American British Canadian
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 39.140 Bulgarian social media profiles from which 22.184 (57%) is male.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular female Bulgarian names

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Maria 205 1.2% Spanish American Venezuelan
Jessica 129 0.8% American British Brazilian
Jennifer 119 0.7% American British Canadian
Sarah 113 0.7% British American Canadian
Amanda 91 0.5% American British Brazilian
Elena 89 0.5% Spanish Italian American
Katie 85 0.5% American British Canadian
Ashley 85 0.5% American British Canadian
Montana 83 0.5% American Spanish British
Emily 79 0.5% American British Canadian
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 39.140 Bulgarian social media profiles from which 16.956 (43%) is female.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular Bulgarian surnames

In Bulgaria, surnames are passed down from one generation to the next. They are usually inherited from the father, but in some cases, the mother's surname may be used as well. surnames often have Slavic origins and may indicate a person's profession or place of origin. It is common for people to have a combination of a first name, middle name, and surname.

Last name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Ivanov 271 0.7% Russian American Ukrainian
Ivanova 244 0.6% Russian British American
Georgiev 218 0.6% British American Macedonian
Dimitrov 218 0.6% British American German
Petrov 211 0.5% Russian American British
Dimitrova 203 0.5% British Spanish American
Nikolov 186 0.5% British Macedonian American
Smith 177 0.5% American British Canadian
Georgieva 168 0.4% British American Spanish
Johnson 150 0.4% American British Canadian
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 39.140 Bulgarian social media profiles.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this last name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.