The most popular baby names in the Canadian province of Quebec in 2009 were:
Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time for the fun stuff. Here are some of the baby names that were bestowed only once in Quebec last year. (I didn’t see another Kierkegaard, but I did spot a Rousseau!)
- Attila Norbert (boy) – Part ferocious, part dorky. Love the contrast.
- Aztlan (boy) – Legendary homeland of the Nahua (Aztecs).
- Bienheureux (boy) – French for “very happy” or “blessed.”
- Billary (girl) – Bill + Hilary? Could it be some sort of tribute?
- Carnegie Ursula (girl) – Interesting.
- Fraidy (girl) – I was actually having a conversation about about cats when I noticed this one.
- Galadrielle (girl) – Galadriel with a French twist. (Not the hairdo, of course. That would look completely out of place in Middle-earth.)
- God-Day (boy) – Reminds me of God’s Power from a few weeks ago.
- Greace (girl) and Alizee Greace (girl) – Is Greace supposed to be Grace? It looks more like Grease, which is gross.
- Great-Rousseau (girl) – I love these philosopher names. Wonder who’ll pop up next year. Descartes? Spinoza?
- Harvest (girl) – Call me crazy, but I like it. Nice associations, and Harvie makes a cute nickname.
- Heavenly-Trinity (girl) – Either one or the other, I’d say. The combination is a bit much.
- Jeanne-Bosco (girl) – Surely inspired by St. John Bosco.
- Kinda Ahmed (girl) – Not definitely Ahmed, but kinda Ahmed.
- Klervi (girl) – It looks made-up, but it’s legit. Comes from the name of an obscure saint.
- Limerick (boy) – Lemme guess…an older sister named Sestina?
- Nervastone (boy) – “Forget flagstone–try Nervastone!”
- Precious-Angel (girl) – See Heavenly-Trinity.
- Rafter (boy) – Do they hope he’ll swing from one when he’s older?
- Ratzy (girl) – Well, much of January ’09 was part of the Year of the Rat. Maybe that’s where this comes from.
- Rose-Desneiges (girl) – Des neiges is French for “of the snows.”
- Schneider-Himrick (boy) – Sounds like a tool company.
- Shadey (girl) – The government of Quebec complains about a superfluous diacritic, but doesn’t mind that a newborn has been dubbed “Shadey”? Hm.
- Syntyche (girl) – Means “with fate” in ancient Greek.
- Tayden (boy) – First time I’ve seen this particular -ayden.
- Turquoise Gold (girl) – School colors, maybe?
- Wilberlyne (girl) – Kind of a cute way to feminize Wilber.
Have you had a chance to look through the list? If so, did you notice any interesting names?
Source: Régie des rentes Québec