According to data from Retraite Québec, the most popular baby names in Quebec in 2015 were Emma and Thomas/William (tied).
Here are the province’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
|Girl Names||Boy Names|
|1. Emma, 615 baby girls|
2. Léa, 535
3. Olivia, 475
4. Alice, 471
5. Florence, 460
6. Zoe, 429
7. Chloe, 398
8. Beatrice, 390
9. Charlotte, 381
10. Rosalie, 350
|1. Thomas, 754 baby boys|
2. William, 754 baby boys
3. Jacob, 663
4. Liam, 661
5. Félix, 638
6. Nathan, 630
7. Samuel, 583
8. Logan, 576
9. Alexis, 554
10. Noah, 537
In 2015, Emma replaced Lea as the top girl name, William joined Thomas as the top boy name, Beatrice replaced Charlie in the girls’ top 10, and Noah replaced Olivier in the boy’s top 10. (Here are the 2014 rankings.)
[UPDATE, May 2017 – The Quebec rankings for 2015 have since been updated and it looks like William has pulled ahead of Thomas to become the sole #1 name.]
Of all 9,096 girl names on Quebec’s list in 2015, 74.5% of them were used a single time. Here are some of the unique girl names:
- Allegresse – the French word allégresse means “joy, elation.”
- Confiance – the French word confiance means “confidence, trust.”
- Exaucee – the French verb exaucer means “to grant a wish.”
- Flory Comfort
- Garance – the French word garance refers to a shade of red created from the root of the madder plant.
- Glad Marie
- Graytchelle Mayssa – a Gretchen + Rachel smoosh?
- Happy Moussoni
- Luneve – reminds me of Leneve.
- M Mah Bourgeois
- Mingolou Oracle-Kidj
- Praise Peter
- Symphony Melody
- Uri Wonder
- Winola – this one reminds me of early 20th-century America.
Of all 7,920 boy names on Quebec’s list in 2015, 76.5% of them were bestowed just once. Here are some of the unique boy names:
- Appamatta – the Pali word appamatta means “diligent, careful.”
- Bradley Prague
- Brady Bullet – this one reminds me of modern America (e.g. Shooter, Trigger).
- Cedrick Wolynsky
- Chrysolithe – a type of gem (a.k.a. peridot).
- Diamond-Heliodor – two more gems.
- Drake Luke
- Elliottt – the only triple T’s in the U.S. data so far are Mattthew and Britttany. Probably typos, but you never know.
- Exauce – the masculine form of Exaucee.
- Garnet – another gem.
- Gningnery Yoshua
- Icky Neymar
- Iola Stevie
- Jimmy Johnny
- Michael Antares – reminds me of an earlier Antares.
- Napesis – the Cree word napesis means “boy” or “little boy.”
- Rowdy Chance
- Tysaiah Jay
- Whidjley Densly
- Woobs Therly
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