An article in the Ottawa Citizen featuring information released by Service Ontario describes the increasingly individualistic source of popular baby names.
Diane Pacom, a professor at the University of Ottawa, specializing in the sociology of culture and change reports a trend away from naming children after grandparents. In North America, she says, people often don’t have close relationships with the past.
“We live in a society that is very individualistic. We’re looking for uniqueness. You want your kid to stand out. Not only because of their looks or the way they’re dressed but also because of their name.”
Increasingly in Ontario, the source of popular baby names is often:
–a favorite character from a novel orTV show, e.g.:Claire (“House of Cards”), Christian (Fifty Shades of Grey), Anna (“Frozen”), Arya (“Game of Thrones”), Jax (Son of Anarchy), and Piper (“Orange is the New Black”),
–an appealing aspect of nature, e.g.:Winter, Lily, Autumn, Summer, Ivy, Raven, Sky, Rain, River, or Maple
–a sports hero from North America or Europe, e.g.:Sidney (Crosby), Peyton (Manning), Kobe (Bryant), Serena (Williams) or Christiano (Ronaldo)
–an appealing political leader, e.g.:Stephen (Harper), Justin, Trudeau, Elizabeth (May), or Thomas (Mulcaire)
The article also includes a list of the top ten baby names in 2013: