Popular and Unique Baby Names in Alberta, Canada in 2009

Canada’s province of Alberta has just released baby name statistics for 2009. Here are the top names for each gender, followed by some of the names that were used only once last year.

Boys Girls
Popular Names Ethan
Liam
Jacob
Logan
Noah
Olivia
Isabella
Ava
Emma
Hailey
Unique names Alias
Bison
Crazyhorse
Dat
Edgerrin*
Folly-Noah
Guch
Hawkar
Iex
Jhazriel
Kduss
Lightning**
Maxxwel
Neptune
Owies
Philopateer
Qron
Rayon
Seige
Thunder**
Uyohoini
Voltaire
Wrath
Xayden
Yak
Zenry
Albertarose
Beauty
Cred
Dessarhey
Eloquence
Fury
Gallary
Heart
Ibiza
Joy-Joviale***
Kwynn
Lashes
Manhattan
Noof
Ortal
Poetic
Qhloe
RoyLe
Society
Temprance
Uniqua
Veditha
Weency
Xanet
Yejee
Zimmel

*Possibly after American football player Edgerrin James.
**These kids need to have a playdate together one day.
***Joviale is French for jovial.

Update – Just discovered that Ericlindross is also on the list. It’s a boy name. Looks like it was inspired by former NHL player Eric Lindros.

P.S. Here is last year’s post on baby names in Alberta.

Source: Service Alberta


4 thoughts on “Popular and Unique Baby Names in Alberta, Canada in 2009

  1. I wonder if Voltaire comes from the French enlightenment writer Francois-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire. My husband is part French and a big fan of Arouet, and we both love the name. Seeing someone else bestow it upon their child is an extra push for us, because we’ve been afraid that perhaps it’s a little too “out there”.

  2. I’m sure Voltaire does come from the author. I’ve seen it used before for boys, and at least once for girls (Voltairine de Cleyre).

    But it’s not a name I’d recommend. I think a subtle tribute to Voltaire would be a better idea. Something that won’t totally overshadow your child. Why not Francois, Francis or Marion?

    Francois and Francis (and Frank, and Francisco, etc.) have the added benefit of meaning “Frenchman,” so they pay tribute to your husband’s French ancestry in two ways — via etymology and via the association with the author.

  3. I like the sound of Voltaire. It’s not any more weird than using any other last name as a first name. You could use the nn Terry to downplay the unusualness of the name if need be. Or use Volt, if his personality leans that way.

  4. It could be hidden behind a nickname, I suppose. Though keeping a name hidden kinda defeats the purpose of giving it in the first place.

    I just don’t think the pen name makes an appropriate baby name. This would be a cool name for a dog or a cat, but I don’t think it works well for a human.

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