According to preliminary data released on January 6th by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the most popular baby names in 2016 were Emma and Jackson (and variants).
Here are the province’s projected top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2016:
Girl Names 1. Emma 2. Avary/Avery 3. Charlotte 4. Olivia 5. Addison/Addyson 6. Scarlett 7. Abbigail/Abigail/Abigale 8. Anna 9. Cali/Callie/Kali/Kallee/Kallie 10. Emilee/Emily
Boy Names 1. Jackson/Jaxen/Jaxon/Jaxson/Jaxxen/Jaxxon 2. Liam 3. Benjamin 4. Jack 5. James 6. Mason 7. Grayson/Greyson 8. Jacob 9. Noah 10. Isaac/Isac/Issac
The #1 names are the same as in 2015. (I forgot to post the 2015 rankings last year, but here are the 2014 rankings.)
In the girls’ top 10, the Addison-group, Scarlett, the Abigail-group, the Callie-group, and the Emily-group replaced the Sophia-group, the Lily-group, the Mia-group, the Ava-group, and the Chloe-group.
In the boys’ top 10, Mason, the Greyson-group, and the Isaac-group replaced Parker, the Nathan-group, and Carter.
Most of the pronunciation groupings on N.L.’s full top 100 made sense, but here are two I wasn’t so sure about:
In 21st place on the girls’ list was “Lea/Leah/Leia/Leiyah/Lia/Leya,” which mixes LEE?uh and LAY?uh names.
In 63rd place on the girls’ list was “Raya/Rayah/Rhea,” which mixes RAY?uh and REE?uh names.
According to early data from Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, the most popular baby names in the province in 2015 were Sophia/Sofia/Sofiya and Jackson/Jaxon/Jaxson/Jaxen/Jaxxon/Jaxyn.
Either that or they were simply Olivia and Liam again.
See, the province decided to pull a Malta this year and lump variant spellings together in the rankings.
Luckily, Ontario didn’t do away with the traditional list altogether, so let’s start there. Here are the projected top 10 girl and boy names of 2015.
1. Olivia 2. Emma 3. Ava 4. Sophia 5. Charlotte 6. Emily 7. Abigail 8. Chloe 9. Isabella 10. Avery
1. Liam 2. Ethan 3. Noah 4. Benjamin 5. William 6. Jacob 7. Lucas 8. Mason 9. Logan 10. Alexander
According to this list, Olivia and Liam are still the #1 names, and Lucas dropped from #3 in 2014 to #7 in 2015.
Next, here’s the list of the top 10 girl and boy name-groups of 2015. From what I can tell, this list excludes names that didn’t have multiple spellings.
The list was created by amateur genealogist G. M. Atwater as a resource for writers. It contains names and name combinations that were commonly seen in the U.S. from the 1840s to the 1890s. Below is the full list (with a few minor changes).
Victorian Era Female Names
Victorian Era Male Names
Abigale / Abby
Almira / Almyra
Ann / Annie
Dorothy / Dot
Elizabeth / Eliza / Liza / Lizzy / Bess / Bessie / Beth / Betsy
The Social Security Administration doesn’t combine spelling variations when compiling its annual list of popular baby names. Though this is probably the most logical way for them to present their data, it tends to skew the overall picture a bit.
For instance, according to the SSA, the top ten girl names in 2007 were Emily, Isabella, Emma, Ava, Madison, Sophia, Olivia, Abigail, Hannah and Elizabeth (in that order). If we account for spelling variations, though, the top ten is more like:
Eva could be seen as a form of Ava. That would bring Ava/Eva up to 4th place.
Hailey, the 23rd most popular girl name, can also be spelled Hailee, Hailie, Haylee, Hayley, Haylie and Hayleigh. If you throw in Haley and Haleigh as well, that brings the entire name group up to 8th place. (I tend to pronounce these last two more like Halle/Hallie, though, so I didn’t do it that way.)