According to Retraite Québec, the most popular baby names in the Canadian province of Quebec last year were Emma and Noah.
Here are Quebec’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2021:
- Emma, 521 baby girls
- Olivia, 519
- Alice, 508
- Florence, 498
- Charlie, 488
- Livia, 473
- Charlotte, 465
- Léa, 462
- Romy, 357
- Zoe, 344
- Noah, 717 baby boys
- William, 709
- Thomas, 645
- Léo, 622
- Liam, 618
- Jacob, 529
- Nathan, 519
- Arthur, 508
- Édouard, 499
- Félix, 484
In the girls’ top 10, Zoe replaced Clara.
In the boys’ top 10, Felix replaced Logan.
And here are some of the baby names that were bestowed just once in Quebec last year:
|Unique Girl Names||Unique Boy Names|
|Auxane, Beaulieu, Celtina, Dulcinee, Ephelina, Freticia, Gamaelle, Hestia, Isalie, Jophina, Kautjaq, Lasiala, Milaloup, Nausicaa, Oncy, Protea, Qulliq, Riziki, Sensitiva, Timmiak, Uzia, Violaine, Waapikun, Xeia, Yzea, Zoona||Amenzo, Blinken, Clydirk, Dawensky, Eliodore, Fritzner, Ghiss, Hulkson, Ikuagasak, Jackary, Kaulder, Lafleche, Mclovin, Nickford, Otsoa, Piponik, Qianli, Raynloc, Stratos, Trupt, Ulys, Vinicius, Wendrick, Xakhan, Yamsongo, Zoric|
Some possible explanations/associations for a few of the above:
- Beaulieu means “beautiful place” in French.
- Kaulder was a character in the movie The Last Witch Hunter (2015).
- McLovin was a name used on a fake ID in the movie Superbad (2007).
- Milaloup looks like a combination of the name Mila and the French word loup, meaning “wolf.”
- Nausicaa was a character in Homer’s Odyssey.
- Qulliq refers to a seal-oil/whale blubber lamp used by the Inuit.
- Timmiak refers to a duck or a goose in Inuktitut.
In 2020, the top names in Quebec were Olivia and Liam.