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Canada's Top Baby Names Over The Last Few Years Were Different In Almost Every Province

When it comes to Canada’s top baby names over the last few years, every province and territory has a totally different top-ten list. 

Although certain titles, like Olivia and Oliver, are popular across the country, other names are firm favourites in specific regions only.

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While Canada’s most popular baby names are always changing, here’s what's on top in each spot right now:


The most recent data to be shared by Alberta was in 2019, when the province confirmed that their top names of the year were Noah and Olivia.

Both have taken the top spot in previous years, with Olivia actually holding the number one title in the region for six years in a row!

British Columbia

In B.C., the top girls' name in 2020 was also Olivia, while the most popular boys' name was Liam.

The names Oliver, Noah and Lucas also made the top ten list, as did Emma and Charlotte.

Theodore was also a favourite in the province that year, a name which didn't come up in many other places.


Manitoba hasn’t revealed its data for 2020, but information from the previous year shows it could have similar top contenders.

In 2019, both Liam and Emily were extremely popular, as were the names Lucas and Charlotte.

More unusual favourites from the province include James, William and Abigail.

New Brunswick

Over in New Brunswick, Olivia was the most popular name for the fourth year in a row. This was closely followed by names like Amelia, Violet, Ella, Scarlett and Sophie.

When it comes to boys' names, Liam and Noah came out on top, with options like Jack, Jackson, and Lincoln not too far behind.

Newfoundland and Labrador

This province has kept pretty quiet over the last two years about their favourite new baby names, but records from 2018 show tastes aren’t too different from elsewhere.

Back then, names like Charlotte and William were popular. However, versions of Layla/Laylah/Leila/Lalia and Jackson/Jaxyn/Jaxxon/Jaxsin/Jaxson/Jaxon also took top spots.

Various spellings of Callie/Cali/Kaley/Kailee/Kaylee/Kallie also were firm favourites in 2018.

Nova Scotia

Unlike in 2019 when Charlotte and Jack were the most popular options in Nova Scotia, Olivia and Oliver have taken the top spot here, too.

However, other titles have gained popularity in the province this year according to CTV News.

This includes Luke, Evelyn and Thomas, as well as traditional names like Henry and Nora.


The most recent available data from Ontario shows that the province’s favourite names are actually pretty common!

In 2018, Liam, Noah, Lucas, William and Benjamin came out on top, while Olivia, Emma, Charlotte and Amelia were female favourites.

Prince Edward Island

The most popular names for P.E.I. babies in 2020 were not Oliver and Olivia, like some of the other Canadian provinces.

Instead, Hudson took the most popular spot when it comes to boys' names, with Emmett, John and Wyatt also in the top five.

Nora and Charlotte were the front runners for girls' names, with options like Claire, Scarlett, Madison and Avery also making the list.


In Quebec, the 2020 list is yet to be disclosed. That said, the names that were popular the year prior may have stuck around.

In 2019, Olivia and Liam came out on top. However, the top 20 lists included some more unique options too, including Florence, Rosalie, Beatrice and Clara, as well as Logan, Felix, Raphael and Edouard.


While Saskatchewan is yet to reveal its latest data, it’s clear this province has firm favourites!

As of 2018, the most popular boy's name had been Liam for nine years in a row, while Olivia had remained in the top spot for two consecutive years.

The region does have some different options, too. This includes Harper and Paisley for girls and Ryker, Grayson and Emmett for boys.

Northwest Territories, Nunavut & Yukon

In the Northwest Territories in 2019, Zoey was the most popular, followed by Hazel and Kinsley.

Elias, John, Joseph, and Michael also came out on top.

The same year in Yukon, Henry was the favourite for boys. For girls, there was a four-way split between Ava, Isla, Livia and Quinn for the top spot.

Nunavut has kept quiet about their top names for several years. In 2015, Liam, Mason, Sandy, Anna, Samantha and Sarah made up the top six.

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