What’s in a name? No, we’re not going to wax poetic on you, but there’s just something about baby names that leave many of us absolutely fascinated. What’s hot, what’s not? What does a name say about a person, if anything? Will Olivia forever be #1 for baby gal names and will Karen officially go the way of the dodo? These are all questions we need answers to, pronto.
In recent years, we’ve arguably become even more obsessed with baby names. We highly doubt that, a handful of decades ago, the general pop was worried about what spelling alternative to Abigail was most popular (Abbigail, Abbygail, Abigale, Abigayle?) or whether or not their neighbour named their son Edward or Henry. Even if we’re not in the market for a baby name, we’re drawn to articles that list the hottest name trends and the ones that are quickly declining in popularity (see: Susan and Kyle). There’s an actual science behind it too, that until recently had researchers and historians flummoxed for decades. (Get what you need to know on that here.) Our theory? It has everything to do with the unique, clever or downright odd monikers celebs give to their offspring.
So if you’re expecting a bundle of joy in 2021 – or are just inexplicably curious like the rest of us – we’ve broken down the most popular baby names in Canada by province and territory. The most recent available data (with the exception of Nunavut) is from 2019 but the trends spotted two years ago are still in motion.
Girls: Olivia, Charlotte, Sophia, Emma and Ava
Boys: Noah, Liam, Oliver, Ethan and Jack
Girls: Olivia, Charlotte, Emma, Ava and Sophia
Boys: Oliver, Liam, Lucas, Ethan and Noah
Girls: Emily, Ava, Charlotte, Oliva and Emma
Boys: Liam, Lucas, William, Noah and Ethan
Girls: Oliva, Amelia, Emma, Charlotte and Violet
Boys: Liam, Noah, Jack, Jackson and Benjamin
Newfoundland and Labrador
Girls: Charlotte, Lily/Lilly, Emma, Olivia and Layla/Leila/Laylah/Laila
Boys: Jack, William, Liam, Greyson/Grayson/Graysin and Jackson/Jaxin/Jaxyn/Jaxxon/Jaxson/Jaxon
Girls: Olivia, Charlotte, Ivy, Ava and Nora
Boys: Oliver, Benjamin, William, Jack and Levi
Prince Edward Island
Girls: Nora, Charlotte, Amelia, Olivia and Scarlett
Boys: Hudson, Liam, Owen, Henry and Charlie
Filles: Olivia, Emma, Alice, Charlie and Charlotte
Garçons: Liam, William, Thomas, Leo and Noah
Girls: Olivia, Emma, Amelia, Sophia and Emily
Boys: Liam, Jack, Hudson, Noah and Oliver
Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut
In the Northwest Territories, Zoey, Hazel and Kinsley reign supreme for the gals, while Elias, John and Joseph are the top of the tops for the lads.
Although less data is provided in Yukon, Henry was the top name for boys while the girls had an even four-way split between Isla, Ava, Livia and Quinn. (Bonus tip: Olivia too common a name? Try Livia.)
As for Nunavut, they haven’t released any new baby name data since 2015, but at that time Liam, Mason and Sandy were tops for boys, while Anna, Samantha and Sarah rounded out the top three for girls.
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