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Popular and Unique Baby Names in Quebec, 2020

According to Retraite Québec, the most popular baby names in Quebec last year were (again) Olivia and Liam.

Here are the province’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Olivia, 543 baby girls
  2. Alice, 491 (2-way tie)
  3. Emma, 491 (2-way tie)
  4. Charlie, 488
  5. Charlotte, 449 (2-way tie)
  6. Lea, 449 (2-way tie)
  7. Florence, 447
  8. Livia, 437
  9. Romy, 338
  10. Clara, 335

Boy Names

  1. Liam, 661 baby boys
  2. William, 644
  3. Noah, 639
  4. Thomas, 594
  5. Leo, 572
  6. Nathan, 518
  7. Edouard, 489
  8. Logan, 478
  9. Jacob, 468
  10. Arthur, 461

In the girls’ top 10, Romy and Clara replaced Rosalie and Beatrice.

In the boys’ top 10, Jacob and Arthur replaced Felix, Raphael and Emile.

Below are some of the baby names that were bestowed just once in Quebec last year. (I tried to focus on First Nations names this time around.)

Unique Girl NamesUnique Boy Names
Ange Lumiere, Avanika, Balkissa, Cathy Jaguar, Croyance, Daphka, Ezralene, Framboise, Gaela Olga, Himalaya Fay, Iaely, Jolly-Anne, Julia Uapikun, Katsuak, Kim-Sparkle, Lailah-Waseskon, Lilwenn, Mappaluk, Mekuaushkuan, Meluvia, Nidehina, Nkulu Aimerence, Olizianne, Onyx Mbombo, Pastel, Pixel, Plamedie, Qullik, Richelieu Christina, Rissala, Sikuliaq, Sunrise, Taliittuq, Thanjana, Tuline, Uppialuk, Videluna, Widchelle, Winta, Xiyao, Youvica, Zoe-ZinaAbischai Sardonyx, Alexandre Wapan, Bluesun, Chanmonyrith, Charlie Qumanguaq, Dalzell, Edwight, Fritzlerson, Guntaz, Heavyd, Ittukallak, Ittuvik, Ivan Appalirak, Justgood, Karthigan, Kasudluak, Lebonheur, Lenny Bruce, Manhattan, Massabiel, Myriodson Andre, Naavalan, New-York, Oceannic Sunchase, Omri-Kyanite, Pacifique, Peter Angutik, Quppapik, Reiki, Ro’nikonhrowa nen, Soho, Surusiluk, Thomas Qautsaalik, Tikwaachin, Tuukak, Uyghur, Valmont, Waseskon, Wastuskun, Xandres, Ywaashtin, Zoubert

Some explanations/associations:

  • Aimerence means “love” in French.
  • Ange Lumiere means “angel of light”/”light angel” in French.
  • Angutik means “male” or “man” in Inuttut.
  • Croyance means “belief” in French.
  • Framboise means “raspberry” in French.
  • Heavyd…could it be a reference to rapper Heavy D? (Maybe just a variant of Heaven?)
  • Katsuak (or Katsuaq) means “biceps” in Inuit.
  • Kyanite is a type of mineral.
  • Lebonheur means “happiness” in French.
  • Lenny Bruce…is it a reference to comedian Lenny Bruce?
  • Mekuaushkuan means “the clouds are red at sunset” in Innu-aimun.
  • Plamedie is a contracted form of the French phrase plan merveilleux de Dieu, meaning “wonderful plan of God.”
  • Qullik (or Qulliq) means “oil lamp” in Inuit.
  • Qumanguaq is a mountain in Nunavut; the name means “the shrugging hill (no neck)” in Inuktitut.
  • Reiki is a type of energy healing that was developed in Japan.
  • Richelieu…is it a reference to Cardinal Richelieu?
  • Ro’nikonhrowa nen (or Ro’nikonhrowa:nen), which comes from a figure in Iroquois folklore, means “he who has ideas.”
  • Sardonyx is a type of banded gemstone.
  • Sikuliaq (pronounced see-KOO-lee-auk) means “young sea ice” in Inupiaq.
  • Soho, Manhattan, New-York — in this order, they form an address :)
  • Taliittuq may mean “no arm” in Inuit.
  • Tikwaachin means “autumn” in Cree.
  • Tuukak…I don’t know the definition, but a character named Tuukak appeared in a mid-2020 episode of the animated kids’ show Molly of Denali.
  • Uapikun means “flower” in Innu-aimun.
  • Uppialuk means “snowy owl” in Inuktitut.
  • Uyghur…the Uyghurs are a Turkic ethnic group in China.
  • Wapan means “dawn” in Cree.
  • Waseskon may mean “blue” or “sky blue” in Cree. (The very similar Cree word Waseskun has been defined as: “the time just after a storm, when the dark clouds begin to part, the blue sky appears, and the first rays of sunlight shine through.”)
  • Ywaashtin may mean “calm” in Cree.

(More of Quebec’s unique baby names can be found on my Patreon page!)

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Name Facts from Finland

Some factoids about Finnish baby names, gathered from a pair of articles published late last year:

  • The pool of names in Finland has more than doubled since the 1980s. In the ’80s, about 50,000 names were in use; currently, about 120,000 names are in use.
  • Gender-neutral names that became gender-specific over time include Rauha (“peace”), Sulo (“grace”), and Lenny.
  • Gender-specific names that switched from one gender to the other over time include Tuisku (“flurry”) and Lumi (“snow”).
  • Speaking of Lumi, more than 450 baby girls have been named Lumikki (“snow white”) since the 1800s.
  • “[N]ames with the letter ‘r’ in them are out of fashion because a Finnish ‘r’ is hard to pronounce internationally. With the exception of the boy’s name Väinö, names with umlauts are also dwindling in popularity.” Quote from Minna Saarelma-Paukkala, Director of the University of Helsinki’s Almanac Office, which owns the rights to all of Finland’s name day lists.
    • The Almanac Office’s Name Day Search form covers not only various cultures, but also pets: dogs, cats, and horses!
  • Recently rejected baby names include Alcapone, Ammu (“shoot”), Enikko, Fafnir, Fosforos, Marj-Linn, Monck, Paulii, Poon, Topelius, Tuhka (“ash”), Weicca, and Wolf.
  • A law that went into effect earlier this year allows Finnish parents to give their children a maximum of four first names. (Previously the max was three.)

Sources: Diversity of children’s names expanding in Finland, Finland loosens name law, but most still prefer classics

Popular Baby Names in Victoria, 2017

According to Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria, the most popular baby names in the Australian state of Victoria in 2017 were Charlotte and Oliver.

Here are Victoria’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Charlotte, 426 baby girls
2. Olivia, 360
3. Amelia, 357
4. Ava, 347
5. Mia, 319
6. Zoe, 299
7. Evie, 284
8. Grace, 283
9. Isla, 282
10. Ella, 248

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 509 baby boys
2. William, 466
3. Jack, 450
4. Noah, 372
5. Thomas, 345
6. James, 323
7. Lucas, 315
8. Henry, 282
9. Charlie, 280
10. Ethan, 279

In the girls’ top 10, Ella replaced Chloe (now 11th).

In the boys’ top 10, Lucas, Henry and Charlie replaced Alexander (11th), Mason (14th) and Max (now 16th).

According to a survey of birth notices in The Warrnambool Standard, the top baby names in the Victorian city of Warrnambool were Georgia/Grace/Evelyn/Elsie (4-way tie) for girls and Lenny (!) for boys.

In 2016, the top two names were the same.

UPDATE, Jan. 2019: The Victoria website has since updated the 2017 data/rankings. The ordering is now slightly different on both sides and, notably, Chloe bumped Ella out of the top 10.

Sources: Search popular names – Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria, Baby names 2017: South-west picks buck national trend

Baby Names in the News: Lenny, Angela Merkel, AirForceOne

Three recent baby name stories with connections to Africa:

  • Angela Merkel: In February of 2015, a baby girl born in Germany to an asylum-seeker from Ghana was named Angela Merkel after the Chancellor of Germany.
  • Lenny & Henry: In March of 2015, a set of twins in Eastern Uganda were named Lenny and Henry after visiting Comic Relief comedian Lenworth “Lenny” Henry.
  • AirForceOne: In July of 2015, during Obama’s two-day trip to Kenya, at least eight Kenyan children were given Obama-inspired names. The most notable name, given to two different children, was AirForceOne.

Sources: Asylum-Seeker Names Baby After Angela Merkel, Comic Relief 2015: Lenny Henry Meets Newborn Twins Named After Him In Uganda, Obama’s Kenya Trip Reportedly Inspires New Baby Name: AirForceOne

Popular Baby Names in Victoria, 2014

According to the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the most popular baby names in the Australian state of Victoria in 2014 were Olivia and Oliver.

Here are Victoria’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2014:

Girl NamesBoy Names
1. Olivia, 531 baby girls
2. Charlotte, 463
3. Mia, 432
4. Ava, 411
5. Chloe, 397
6. Sophie, 371
7. Amelia, 370
8. Emily, 357
9. Ruby, 337 (tie)
10. Ella, 337 (tie)
1. Oliver, 616 baby boys
2. William, 573
3. Jack, 550
4. Noah, 460
5. Thomas, 424
6. Lucas, 387
7. James, 382
8. Ethan, 376
9. Alexander, 335
10. Mason, 323

Ella replaced Isabella in the girls’ top 10.

Alexander replaced Joshua in the boys’ top 10.

Beyond the top 10…the girls’ top 100 includes both Mila (36th) and Milla (60th), plus the adorable Frankie (95th). The boys’ top 100 includes the conspicuously Scottish Angus (45th) and Hamish (69th), plus the ever-humble Lenny (100th).

“Among the big movers were Arya and Aria, which leapt 18 spots on the list of female names following the popularity of TV series Game of Thrones.”

Here are Victoria’s rankings from 2013 and 2012. And here are more details about Victoria’s top 100 names of 2014 from Waltzing More Than Matilda.

(Olivia and Oliver topped the England and Wales list in both 2009 and 2010, btw.)

Source: Victoria’s top 100 baby names for boys and girls in 2014

UPDATE, Jan. 2016: The rankings have changed slightly since I posted this, so I revised them. (Alexander is now top-10 and Lachlan has been bumped down to 11th.) I didn’t bother changing the text. The 2015 rankings will be up soon.