On July 13, 2019, a Facebook page “1000 Facts” published the number of children born in Georgia in 2018 that were given names, popular in Turkish TV series. According to the post, 32 newborn boys were named Onur, 65 girls – Damla, 35 girls – Zehra, and 27 girls – Elif.
The post by “1000 Facts” has 239 shares and 1800 reactions, with most of them being negative, while users express their concern with the figures in the comments section.
Information disseminated by “1000 Facts” is manipulative and aims to incite Turkophobic sentiments, as it does not include the statistics by regions. According to Public Service Development Agency statistics, the newborns’ names mentioned in the post were frequent in Kvemo Kartli region in 2018, and the names, popular around the rest of the country were also dominating the newborn statistics in the region.
Analysis of the information retrieved from the Public Service Development Agency on July 5, 2019 revealed that the names mentioned in the post by “1000 Facts” are mostly disseminated in Kvemo Kartli region, where the majority of the population is Muslim.
The infographic includes all six of those regions where newborn babies were given names Onur, Damla, Zehra, and Elif. The lowest number is in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, where there was only one newborn Elif. In other regions that are not present on the infographic, the aforementioned names were not recorded in the newborns’ statistics in 2018.
In 2018, there were 112 newborns that were given the aforementioned names which represents 2.17% of all the newborns in the region. According to the similar statistics, these names were given to only 0.13% of the newborns in Tbilisi and to 0.86% in Kakheti region.
As the statistics show, the names mentioned by “1000 Facts” are mostly present in Kvemo Kartli region, although in small numbers. In this region, the most popular baby girl name is Mariam, while Gabriel is the most popular baby boy name.
The figures also confirm that these names were present in Georgia even prior to appearance of Turkish TV series in Georgia. The total number of babies born in 2018 constitute only 9.1% of those people already living in Georgia with same names.
About the source:
The page “1000 Facts” was created on March 8, 2013 and has since then changed name several times. The page publishes mixed information – apart from entertainment content, one can also find xenophobic and homophobic posts and links to an ultra-nationalist edition “Alt-Info”.
Prepared by Giorgi Karalashvili
Myth Detector Lab