The maps were put together by OpenFile journalist Patrick Cain:
At OpenFile’s request, Ontario’s Registrar General crunched five years of birth registration data, covering 823,000 children born between 2005 and mid-December 2009. The data provided shows the top five baby names for boys and girls by postal forward sortation area—or FSA, the first three characters of a postal code—so long as the total number of babies with that name was ten or more.
Looks like many of the neighborhoods have similar name preferences, though a handful are wildly different from the norm. (An example would be FSA M6K in Toronto, where the Tibetan name Tenzin is the top baby name for both boys and girls.)
And don’t forget to scroll down to the user-submitted name stories below the maps. I spotted several interesting pop culture references (even a Superbad one!) but this was the story I liked best:
My husband and I met at Victoria College, U of T, in a Victorian literature class, and married on Victoria Day. Naturally, our daughter’s name is…Victoria.
For those who live in one of the featured neighborhoods/postal codes: Are the top baby names in your area what you expected them to be, or did they surprise you?