The Most Popular Canadian Names in 2013 by Province and Territory

Before a recent CBC radio interview in the Maritime provinces, I did some research to find the most popular baby names in as many Canadian provinces and territories as possible. I discovered the most popular names in 2013 for every province and territory but Prince Edward Island and the Nunavut Territory. Although I didn’t get any questions about the popularity of baby names from my radio audience, I hope you will find the information to be of interest.

To enhance your interest, I have tried to call your attention to names that are ranked among the top 20 boys’ or girls’ names in only one province or territory. I will leave you the task of figuring out why certain names were more popular in particular provinces and territories.

-Alberta: The only province or territory to include Joshua among the top-20 boys’ names.

-Manitoba: The only province or territory to include Jayden among the top-20 boys’ names.

-New Brunswick: The only province or territory to include Alex and Dylan among the top-20 boys’ names and Jayden, Audrey and Annabelle among the top-20 girls’ names.

-Newfoundland and Labrador: The only province or territory to include Cameron and Jaden among the top-20 boys’ names.

-Northwest Territories: The only province or territory to include Nicholas and Joseph among the most popular boy’s names and Neveah and Ayla among the most popular girls’ names.

-Nova Scotia: The only province or territory to include Lillian and among the top-20 girls’ names.

-Quebec: The only province or territory to include Olivier, Felix, Raphael, Antoine, Emile, Mathis, Adam and Justin among the top-20 boys’ names; and Florence, Alice, Rosalie, Juliette, Camille, Laurence, Charlie, Jade, Alicia, Anais, Maelie, Beatrice and Eva among the top-20 girls’ names.

-Saskatchewan: The only province or territory to include Dominic, Blake, Ryder and Bentley among the top-20 boys’ names and Elizabeth, Aubree, Aubrey, Brielle and Harper among the top-20 girls’ names.

-Yukon Territories: The only province or territory that included Aaron and Eli in the boys’ top-5 names and Molly in the girls top-5 names.

(Note, I’ve italicized the names I’ve just mentioned on each list so you don’t have to keep scrolling up and down to find them.)

Alberta: Top-20 Boy’s and Girls Names

Boys               Girls

1. Liam           1. Emma

2. Ethan         2. Olivia

3. Jacob         3. Emily

4. Logan         4. Sophia

5. Mason        5. Ava

6. Benjamin   6. Ella

7. Lucas         7. Isabella

8. Alexander  8. Lily

9. Carter        9. Abigail

10. Noah        10. Chloe

11. Nathan     11. Avery

12. Jaxon       12. Hannah

13. William    13. Sophie

14. Samuel    14. Brooklyn

15. Owen       15. Grace

16. Daniel      16. Madison

17. Hunter     17. Hailey

18. Joshua     18. Amelia

19. Jackson   19. Charlotte

20. James      20. Sarah

British Columbia Top-20 Boys’ and Girl’s Names:

Boys               Girls

1. Ethan         1. Olivia

2. Liam           2. Emma

3. Lucas         3. Sophia

4. Mason        4. Emily

5. Logan         5. Ava

6. Noah          6. Ella

7. Alexander  7. Chloe

8. Benjamin   8. Isabella

9. Jacob         9. Avery

10. Jack         10. Hannah

11. Owen       11. Sophie

12. Ryan        12. Abigail

13. Daniel      13. Charlotte

14. Oliver       14. Lily

15. James      15. Brooklyn

16. Nathan     16. Madison

17. Jayden     17. Isla

18. Samuel    18. Grace

19. Matthew  19. Maya

20. William    20. Amelia

Manitoba Top-20 Boys’ and Girls’ Names:

Boys               Girls

1. Liam           1. Emily

2. Ethan         2. Emma

3. Lucas         3. Sophia

4. Jacob         4. Olivia

5. Alexander  5. Ava

6. Mason        6. Hannah

7. Logan         7. Chloe

8. Benjamin   8. Zoey

9. William      9. Sadie

10. Noah        10. Sophie

11. Carter      11. Brooklyn

12. Owen       12. Ella

13. Nathan     13. Isabella

14. Jackson   14. Abigail

15. Samuel    15. Madison

16. Jayden     16. Mia

17. Hunter     17. Hailey

18. Michael   18. Leah

19. Parker      19. Avery

20. Jaxon       20. Sarah

 

New Brunswick Top-20 Boys’ and Girls’ Names

Boys               Girls

1. Liam           1. Olivia

2. Noah          2. Emma

3. Jacob         3. Sophia

4. William      4. Lily

5. Samuel      5. Sophie

6. Benjamin   6. Abigail

7. Lucas         7. Ava

8. Alexis         8. Chloe

9. Logan         9. Jayden

10. Mason     10. Mia

11. Owen       11. Claire

12. Carter      12. Charlotte

13. Dylan       13. Emily

14. Gabriel    14. Hannah

15. Alex          15. Isabella

16. Ethan       16. Madison

17. James      17. Brooklyn

18. Nathan     18. Audrey

19. Xavier      19. Zoey

20. Jaxon       20. Annabelle

Newfoundland and Labrador Top 20 Boys’ and Girls’ Names:

Boys               Girls

1. Jaxon         1. Ava

2. Carter        2. Emma

3. Liam           3. Emily

4. Jacob         4. Lily

5. Benjamin   5. Sophia

6. Ethan         6. Sara/Sarah

7. Aidan/Aiden 7. Abigail

8. Mason        8. Peyton

9. Jack           9. Avery

10. Logan      10. Claire

11. William    11. Madison

12. Noah        12. Sophie

13. Owen       13. Zoey

14. Lucas       14. Isabella

15. James      15. Ella

16. Ryan        16. Brooklyn

17. Cameron 17. Charlotte

18. Jaden       18. Olivia

19. Luke         19. Lea(h)

20. Parker      20. Hailey

 

Northwest Territories Top-9 Boys’ and Girls’ Names:

Boys   Girls

1. Matthew    1. Emma

2. Jaxon         2. Isla

3. Nicholas    3. Brooklyn

4. Joseph       4. Harper

5. Jackson     5. Nevaeh

6. Zachary     6. Olivia

7. Thomas     7. Ayla

8. Jack           8. Ava

9. Noah          9. Addison

Nova Scotia Top-20 Boys’ and Girls’ Names:

Boys               Girls

1. Liam           1. Olivia

2. Noah          2. Ava

3. Ethan         3. Emma

4. Hunter        4. Emily

5. Benjamin   5. Lily

6. Jack           6. Charlotte

7. Owen         7. Sadie

8. William      8. Ella

9. Carter        9. Chloe

10. Jackson   10. Sophia

11. Jacob       11. Amelia

12. Alexander 12. Isla

13. Luke         13. Addison

14. Oliver       14. Madison

15. Mason     15. Brooklyn

16. Lucas       16. Hannah

17. Jaxon       17. Lillian

18. Samuel    18. Claire

19. Logan      19. Grace

20. Nathan     20. Sophie

Ontario Top 20 Boys’ and Girls’ Names:

Boys               Girls

1. Liam           1. Olivia

2. Ethan         2. Emma

3. Jacob         3. Sophia

4. Lucas         4. Ava

5. Benjamin   5. Emily

6. Noah          6. Isabella

7. William      7. Abigail

8. Nathan       8. Ella

9. Alexander  9. Charlotte

10. Owen       10. Chloe

11. Logan      11. Lily

12. Mason     12. Avery

13. Daniel      13. Mia

14. Jack         14. Sophie

15. Ryan        15. Grace

16. Joshua     16. Sofia

17. Jackson   17. Hannah

18. Michael   18. Victoria

19. Carter      19. Madison

20. Matthew  20. Maya

Quebec Top 20 Boys’ and Girls’ Names

Boys               Girls

1. William      1. Emma

2. Nathan       2. Lea

3. Olivier        3. Olivia

4. Alexis         4. Florence

5. Samuel      5. Alice

6. Gabriel      6. Zoe

7. Thomas     7. Rosalie

8. Jacob         8. Juliette

9. Felix           9. Camille

10. Raphael   10. Mia

11. Antoine    11. Laurence

12. Liam         12. Charlie

13. Noah        13. Jade

14. Benjamin 14. Alicia

15. Xavier      15. Anais

16. Emile       16. Victoria

17. Mathis     17. Maelie

18. Adam       18. Beatrice

19. Justin       19. Eva

20. Zachary   20. Chloe

Saskatchewan Top-20 Boys’ and Girls’ Names:

Boys               Girls

1. Liam           1. Emma

2. Ethan         2. Olivia

3. Carter        3. Ava

4. William      4. Emily

5. Mason        5. Brooklyn

6. Lucas         6. Lily

7. Noah          7. Sophia

8. Hudson      8. Abigail

9. Jacob         9. Ella

10. Owen       10. Sophie

11. Benjamin 11. Avery

12. Alexander12. Madison

13. Hunter     13. Elizabeth

14. Jack         14. Chloe

15. Ryder       15. Hailey

16. Dominic   16. Isabella

17. Aiden       17. Aubree

18. Blake       18. Aubrey

19. Logan      19. Brielle

20. Bentley    20. Harper

Yukon Territories Top 5 Boys’ and Girls’ Names:

Boys               Girls

1. Liam           1. Ava

2. Alexander  2. Charlotte

3. Eli               3. Hannah

4. William      4. Molly

5. Aaron         5. Sophie

Three Things That Surprised Me As I Reviewed the Data:

1)    There were only 3 French boy’s names (Olivier, Antoine and Emile) and 3 French girl’s  names (Camille, Juliette and Anais) among the top-20 names for boys and girls in Quebec. (I expected a lot more French names.)

2)    As an ex-New Yorker, I was surprised to discover that Brooklyn (one of the five boroughs of New York City) was listed as one of the most popular girls’ names in 9 of the 11 lists I provided for this post.

3)    In the U.S. Jayden was the #7 boy’s name in 2012. Jaden, an alternate variation, wasn’t listed among the top 100 boy’s names in the same year. However, Jayden was only among the top-20 boys’ names in Manitoba. And Jaden was among the top-20 boys’ names in Newfoundland and Labrador. Even more surprising was that Jayden was among the top-20 girls’ names in New Brunswick (it’s less popular as a girl’s name in the States). Finally Jade was among the top-20 girls’ names in Quebec–to further confuse the situation.

Twenty years ago, there weren’t many people named Jayden, Braden, Kayden, Zayden and all their rhyming variations. Then in the last 10 years or so, those names have grown like weeds and suddenly they are extremely popular throughout North America. In fact, a survey found that Jayden and it’s rhyming variations are also among the most hated names. Why? They rose in popularity so quickly, many people view them as ersatz names, interlopers, as it were. I think it’s fair to describe the Jayden rhyming group of names as a fad.

Another fad name that rose rapidly in popularity is Neveah (heaven spelled backwards). It is now the #5 most popular girls’ name in the Northwest territories. My feeling about the name is: if you like name Heaven, name your daughter Heaven. Spelling it backwards will create spelling and pronunciation problems for your daughter which makes the name more a source of annoyance than an inspiration to the girls who have to live with it.

In the States, Jayden and Neveah both seem to have peaked. Jayden fell from #4 to #7 (for boys) and Neveah fell from #35 to #39 for girls. People are starting to realize there’s less to those names then they’d thought.

To read my updated post which provides 2014 popularity data click here.

2 thoughts on “The Most Popular Canadian Names in 2013 by Province and Territory

  1. This article had exactly what I was looking for except for one little problem: I was looking for names typical of NUNAVUT! I expected something like (and I’m making all these up since I have no idea) Anaktut, Huluit, Lialak, and so on. If you could find out what people in Nunavut are actually named, that would be great. I don’t know where else to look, and wasn’t planning to go there unless it’s necessary.

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