Noah has usurped long-standing baby name favourite Liam as Alberta’s most common baby moniker in 2017.
According to baby name data just posted online by Service Alberta, 250 baby boys were called Noah last year, which edged out the 244 Liams. Liam has been the top name for children assigned male at birth since 2010.
With 236 babies bearing the moniker, Olivia continued to dominate baby girl names in 2017. That’s been the most popular name for Alberta babies assigned female at birth since 2013. The next most popular was Emma, with 215 babies.
Other top names for boys were Benjamin, Logan, and Lucas — plus 43 more kids names Lukas — and Charlotte, Ava and Sophia remained top choices for girls.
A peruse of the list of thousands of names reveals plenty of hyphenated names, including Praise-Report, Scarlett-Daisy, Atasha-Ysabelle, Bailey-Lona-Jane, Dreyauna-Rain-Loyalty, Jam-Gabrielle, Blake-Crimson and Ezekiel-Zeus among them.
Parents were inspired by avian themes, christening their kids Birdie, Birdy, Lark, Dove, Feather and Bluebird. There was at least one baby who shares a name with the Pokémon Eevie, and possible rap music lovers welcomed two babies named Dre, one named Dré and a Dre. with a period at the end of his name.
New parents were inspired by religion, toting home kids called Vesper, Bethlehem, Divine-Grace, Genesis, Heaven, Heavenly and Godspower.
Shorter is sweeter for tots called Io (one of Jupiter’s moons), Ma., J.B, CJ, Kc, and a boy simply named J.
Thaxxia, Zylyndy, Canada, Jhazzymae, Kansas, Xax, Kastle, Nyx, Cola, Duoduo, Kingdom, Handsome and Ice were some other unconventional choices.
Alberta’s top 10 baby names for 2017