Popular and Unique Baby Names in Alberta, 2018

According to the government of Alberta, the most popular baby names in the Canadian province in 2018 were Olivia and Liam.

Here are Alberta’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 235 baby girls
2. Emma, 230
3. Charlotte, 175
4. Emily, 164
5. Ava, 161
6. Abigail, 153
7. Harper, 150
8. Sophia, 146
9. Amelia, 145
10. Elizabeth, 130

Boy Names
1. Liam, 225 baby boys
2. Oliver, 212
3. Noah, 199
4. Ethan, 188
5. Logan & Lucas, 182 each (tie)
6. Jacob, 181
7. William, 178
8. Benjamin, 176
9. Jack, 167
10. Alexander & James, 158 each (tie)

In the girls’ top 10, Harper and Elizabeth replace Isabella, Aria, Chloe and Lily.

New to the boys’ top 10 are Alexander and James. (No replacements due to ties.)

Rare baby names that were bestowed just once in Alberta last year include…

Unique Girl NamesUnique Boy Names
Aleftina, Balsam, Clarenelle, Desneiges, Eulogia, Finja, Geo, Havolyn, Iracebeth, Joxerlee, Kinnitty, Lemon-Marie, Mirdza, Nesslin, Ozzlynn, Progress, Quindalyn, Rizabell, Stiorra, Tavery, Urveen, Vemia, Wichahpi, Xianelle, Yubelissa, ZenleyArchange, Beauxbandy, Chapter, Durden, Einjehl, Fristan, George-lucas, Homeostasie, Irwin, Jhelton, Krypton, Lonnie, Mycroft, Nitrix, Obasha, Pavanga, Quiel, Rhonj, Supremo, Tadmor, Untred, Valour, Wilmarion, Xylas, Yuzhi, Zackon

And a few more single-use girl names, all space-themed: Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Galaxy, Universe.

Possible explanations for a few of the above:

  • Iracebeth (based on the word irascible) was the name given to the Red Queen in the 2010 Tim Burton movie Alice in Wonderland.
  • Durden was the surname of the main character in Fight Club. (I’m very surprised this one has never appeared in the U.S. data before, frankly.)
  • Mycroft Holmes was Sherlock’s older brother. Mycroft AI, “the world’s first open source assistant,” was named after Mycroft Holmes.
  • Nitrix is a brand-name bodybuilding supplement described as a “concentrated nitric oxide precursor.”
  • Rhonj happens to be the acronym for The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Could this be a Real Housewives acronym being used as a baby name?!

(I posted more of the unique Alberta names over on Patreon.)

In 2017, the top two names in Alberta were Olivia and Noah.

Sources: Alberta’s Top Baby Names, Alberta’s top baby names for 2018

P.S. There’s a free Alberta Baby Names App, if you’re interested!

Popular Baby Names in New Brunswick, 2018

According to New Brunswick’s Vital Statistics Office, the most popular baby names in the province last year were Emma and William.

Here are New Brunswick’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Charlotte
4. Amelia
5. Avery
6. Everly
7. Abigail
8. Zoé
9. Ellie
10. Audrey

Boy Names
1. William
2. Liam
3. Noah
4. Oliver
5. Jack
6. Jacob
7. Lucas
8. Mason
9. Logan
10. Henry

In the girls’ top 10, Avery, Everly, Abigail, Zoé, and Ellie replace Sophia, Madison, Ella, Elizabeth, and Willow.

In the boys’ top 10, Jacob, Mason, and Henry replace Benjamin, Thomas, and Samuel.

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to late December.)

In 2017, the top two names in NB were Emma and Liam.

Source: New Brunswick’s birth numbers and top baby names for 2018

Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia, 2018

According to Nova Scotia’s Registry of Vital Statistics, the most popular baby names in the province in 2018 were Olivia and William.

Here are Nova Scotia’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 44 baby girls
2. Sophia, 42
3. Charlotte and Emma, 38 each (tie)
4. Amelia, 34
5. Ava, 33
6. Isla, 32
7. Abigail, 31
8. Evelyn, 29
9. Sadie and Sophie, 28 each (tie)
10. Mia and Scarlett, 27 each (tie)

Boy Names
1. William, 61 baby boys
2. Benjamin, 49
3. Hunter, 41
4. Lincoln, 40
5. Jack, 38
6. Noah and Oliver, 37 each (tie)
7. Logan and Owen, 35 each (tie)
8. Ethan and Liam, 34 each (tie)
9. Lucas, 33
10. Mason, 32

In the girls’ top 10, Isla, Sadie, Sophie, and Mia replace Ella, Claire, Hannah, and Lily.

In the boys’ top 10, Mason replaces James and Alexander.

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to December 28th.)

In 2017, the top two names were the same.

Source: This Year’s Most Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia

Popular Baby Names in Prince Edward Island, 2018

According to Prince Edward Island’s Vital Statistics, the most popular baby names on the island in 2018 were Charlotte and William.

Here are PEI’s top girl names and top boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Charlotte, 10 baby girls
2. Evelyn, 7
3. Isla, Nora, Sophia & Amelia, 6 each (4-way tie)
4. Ivy, Ellie, Claire, Emma, Julia & Lily, 5 each (6-way tie)

Boy Names
1. William, 9 baby girls
2. Lincoln, Landon, Benjamin & Jack, 8 each (4-way tie)
3. Oliver, Emmett, Samuel, James & Thomas, 7 each (5-way tie)

The top names of 2017, Ava and Liam, didn’t even make the rankings in 2018.

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to mid-December.)

Source: Here are P.E.I.’s top baby names of 2018

Popular Baby Names in Manitoba, 2018

According to Manitoba’s Vital Statistics Agency, the most popular baby names in the province last year were Olivia and Lucas/Luke.

Here are Manitoba’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 65 baby girls
2. Emily, 62
3. Charlotte, 57
4. Amelia, 47
5. Sophia, 46
6. Chloe, 42
7. Isabella, 41
8. Abigail, 39
9. Emma, 37
10. Aria, 35

Boy Names
1. Lucas (and Luke), 78 baby boys
2. Liam, 71
3. Noah, 70
4. William, 50
5. Benjamin, 49
6. Logan, 48
7. Jacob, 46
8. Ethan, 45
9. Lincoln, 44 (tie)
10. Connor, 44 (tie)

In the girls’ top 10, Isabella and Aria replace Ava and Mia.

In the boys’ top 10, Connor replaces Mason.

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to mid-December.)

In 2017, the top names were Olivia and Liam.

Sources: Annual Report – Manitoba Vital Statistics Agency – Province of Manitoba, Olivia, Lucas top 2018’s Manitoba baby names