My days of naming my Canadian babies are behind me, but I still find it interesting to track the latest and greatest baby names. It’s fun to spot names that are growing in popularity due to movies or TV shows, and seeing which traditional names are making a comeback.
Which names are your favourites?
The Most Popular Baby Names in Canada
Among the top 10 most popular names in 2022, Oliver and Lily both jumped four spots in just one year.
The top 10 girls names in Canada are:
- Olivia (Seven years in a row)
The top 10 boys names in Canada are:
- Noah (Two years in a row)
Up & Coming Baby Names in Canada
Baby names that are trending in Canada include those experiencing the fastest growth in popularity among Canadian parents.
These girls’ names are growing fastest in popularity:
- Wren ranked 114th (up 31 since the previous year)
- Blake ranked 117th (up 21 since the previous year)
- Eloise ranked 79th (up 14 since the previous year)
- Freya ranked 100th (up 13 since the previous year)
- Athena ranked 91st (up 12 since the previous year)
- Gabriella ranked 105th (up 12 since the previous year)
The following boys’ names are growing fastest in popularity:
- Leon ranked 118th (up 32 since the previous year)
- Ali ranked 125th (up 28 since the previous year)
- Cooper ranked 116th (up 26 since the previous year)
- Rowan ranked 87th (up 19 since the previous year)
- Charlie ranked 71st (up 18 since the previous year)
- Luke ranked 62nd (up 18 since the previous year)
- Sebastian ranked 80th (up 18 since the previous year)
Breaking into the top 100 boys names in Canada for the first time were Luka, Leon, Jules, Milo, and Weston. Wren was the only girls’ name to enter the top 100 baby names for the first time.
The uniqueness of baby names in Canada has grown 86 percent. There has been a 31 percent increase in the number of baby names in the past 30 years (up 10,605).
I went with more traditional baby names for my two sons. What is the first name of your children (or future children)?
Sources: Statistics Canada, table 17-10-0147-01 – First names at birth by sex at birth, selected indicators, Canadian Vital Statistics – Birth Database.