Top Baby Name Trends Across Canada

The top baby name lists in Canada don't ususally vary too much from province to province, until we get to Quebec


The trend might be for more people to seek out unique names for their children, but every year the top names list is released, and without fail, the names that make the list surprise few people. I could probably rattle off the majority of the names that made the top 10 on both the boys and girls list (not in order of course. I'm not that good!)

Top baby name lists in Canada always encompasses the most popular names, on average, country-wide, but when broken down by province, the order of the top ten usually shifts.

For example, in 2012, the top three boys names in Canada last year were William, Jacob and Liam (which, in my humble opinion, is also William. But I digress), in that order, and the top girls names were Maya (Mia and Mya), Sophia and Olivia.

But in B.C., Liam tops the list, Jacob falls to 6th spot and William drops to 16th spot. Likewise for girls, Maya doesn’t even make the top 10, and Olivia and Sophia swap spots to become 2nd and 3rd most popular, in that order.

Across the country in Newfoundland, the three top boy spots go to Jack, Liam and Jacob and top three girls were Emma, Lily and Sophie (not Sophia). 

There is a lot of overlap across the country and pretty much, without fail, the top 15 names tend to be the same, albeit in different order.

Until we get to Quebec. 

Many names that don’t even broach the top 50 list across Canada find their way into the top 10 in Quebec.

According to a list released by CBC, just like the rest of the country, both William and Olivia made the top three lists in their respective categories. But so too did Léa and Olivier. Alexis, which hit the Canada-wide list in the 21st spot for girls, was the 4th most popular boys name in Quebec. In the fourth spot for girls, was Florence.

Also on the Quebec most-popular list, Rosalie and Camille in the 7th and 9th spots and Félix and Raphaël in the 9th and 10th spot for boys, none of which, even Anglicized, made the top 30 across the country.

Given the ongoing desire for people to chose unique names for their children, maybe instead of looking to made up names or replacing an “I” with a “Y” to make a common name more unique, people should look no further than their neighbours in Quebec for inspiration. 

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