How popular is the baby name Edouard in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Use the popularity graph and data table below to find out! Plus, see all the blog posts that mention the name Edouard.
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Yesterday we came up with some girl names that were either particularly Canadian or particularly American. So today let’s do the same thing for boy names.
Again, here are the two different methods:
First, we’ll look at the most popular names that appeared in only one set of data (either Canada or the U.S.) in 2022.
Second, we’ll look at the names that appeared in both sets of data, focusing on how proportionally popular each name was in each place. For the boy names below, I calculated the proportions by dividing each name’s U.S. usage by the total number of boys born in the U.S. last year (1,863,582) and each name’s Canadian usage by the total number of boys born Canada last year (180,763).
Top Canada-only boy names
The 2022 Canadian data included 261 boy names that were not in the U.S. data. Below are the 10 most popular Canada-only boy names.
Number of boys (Can.)
Nine out of ten are French names used primarily in Quebec:
Edouard: 482 of 492 born in Quebec
Arnaud: 349 of 352
Florent: 71 of 73
Laurier: 60 of 60 (all)
Loik: 47 of 57
Ludovick: 45 of 45 (all)
Renaud: 40 of 42
Gregoire: 30 of 30 (all)
Charles-Edouard: 25 of 27
The Sikh name Gurniwaz, however, was not used in Quebec at all.
Boy names particularly popular in Canada
Now let’s look at the more than 2,950 boy names that appeared in both sets of data. Of the boy names used more frequently in Canada than in the U.S., the 10 below had the largest pro-Canada differentials. (I added the rankings for both countries as well.)
Top U.S.-only boy names
The 2022 U.S. data included 11,297 boy names that were not in the Canadian data. Below are the 10 most popular U.S.-only boy names.
Zotique can be traced back to the ancient Greek word zotikos, meaning “full of life, alive.”
Joanassie and Paulasie (which were mentioned in the post about Canada’s 2021 rankings) are two examples of Inuktitut-influenced Christian names.
And one last name I wanted to throw in was Minokimin, which was part of a longer boy name bestowed in Quebec last year. Minokimin refers to one of the eight Algonquin seasons — specifically, to the period in late spring during which ice thaws and plants begin to grow.
Canada might be the second-largest country in terms of area, but it isn’t very large in terms of population. In fact, it’s one of the least densely populated places in the world.
In 2021, Canada (excluding Yukon) welcomed over 367,684 babies. By comparison, the U.S. state of Texas recorded 373,340 births the same year.
What were the most popular names among Canada’s 2021 babies?
Well…we don’t know for sure. Because Canada doesn’t release baby name rankings that cover the entire country.
I’d love to give you the next-best thing — sets of regional Canadian rankings representing Canada’s ten provinces and three territories — but, as of right now, two of the provinces and all three territories have not released rankings for 2021. (Yukon hasn’t even reported an official number of births yet.)
So I’ll give you the third-best thing: Eight sets of provincial Canadian rankings, all gathered into a single post, followed by a guess about the country’s top five names per gender.
Here are the rankings, ordered by total number of births per region (highest to lowest):
In 2021, Ontario welcomed 141,766 babies. Here are Ontario’s top baby names of 2021:
Girl Names, Ont.
Boy Names, Ont.
1. Olivia 2. Emma 3. Charlotte 4. Amelia 5. Ava 6. Sophia 7. Isla 8. Evelyn 9. Mia 10. Ella
1. Noah 2. Liam 3. Oliver 4. Jack 5. Benjamin 6. Theodore 7. Lucas 8. William 9. Ethan 10. Leo
In 2020, the top names in Ontario were also Olivia and Noah.
In 2021, Quebec welcomed 83,335 babies. Here are Quebec’s top baby names of 2021:
In 2020, the top two names in P.E.I. were Nora/Charlotte (tie) and Hudson.
Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon
In 2021, N.W.T. and Nunavut welcomed 628 babies and 462 babies, respectively. (Yukon likely welcomed a few hundred babies as well.)
None of the territories have released baby name rankings for 2021.
Using the data we have from the first, second, third, fourth, and sixth most populous provinces — which, together, welcomed over 90% of the country’s 2021 babies — we can make a guess about Canada’s top baby names overall:
Possible Top Girl Names
Possible Top Boy Names
1. Olivia 2. Emma 3. Charlotte 4. Amelia 5. Ava
1. Noah 2. Liam 3. Benjamin 4. Oliver 5. Jack
I’m only moderately confident about these guesses, primarily because the most populous province, Ontario, didn’t include raw numbers with its rankings.
I placed Benjamin higher than both Oliver and Jack because it was the only one of the three to reach the top 50 in Quebec, Canada’s second-most-populous province. (Benjamin even ranked slightly higher than Olivier, the French form of Oliver, in Quebec.)
If Manitoba, Newfoundland, or any of the territories release 2021 rankings in the coming months, I’ll come back and revise this post.
What are your thoughts on Canada’s top baby names of 2021?