Canada's Most Common Names For Millennials Might Actually Surprise You

Over the past three decades, Canada's most common names have changed quite a lot.

While names like Mia, Zoey, Aria, Lucas, Leo and Noah were extremely popular for babies born in 2019 and 2020, these weren't Canadians' favourite names back in the '80s and '90s.

If you're a millennial β€” born sometime between 1980 and 1996 β€” you're likely to know plenty of people with these names, as they were the top names for new babies during that period.

This means they're likely to be extremely common among Canadian millennials right now!

Popular Millennial Girl Names

Provincial data from regions like Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta and B.C. show that names like Jennifer, Amanda, Sarah and Melissa would have been extremely popular for new baby girls in the '80s and early '90s.

Towards the end of this period, names like Ashley, Jessica, Samantha and Megan were increasing in popularity, in addition to names like Brittany, Taylor, Nicole and Emily.

Popular Millennial Boy Names

When it comes to baby boys born during the same era, the most common names given were Michael, Christopher, David, Jason, Matthew and Ryan, particularly in the early '80s.

By the mid-1990s, names like Brandon, Tyler, Jordan, Alexander and Nicholas were becoming more popular.

While the names Sarah, Ashley and Ryan are still quite popular for millennials, more and more unusual names are being chosen by parents.

In 2016 alone, for example, Canadian babies were given names like Blex, Choco, Crypton, Gizmo, Panda, Proverbs and Soda.