53,539 brand new Albertans were brought into the world in 2017, and so 53,539 new names had to be given.
A release from the Government of Alberta stated that the top baby names in the province has not changed much over the past three years, with the top name for girls born in 2017 being the same as it had been in 2016 and 2015: “Olivia.”
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Coming in a close second is “Emma,” which has held the silver spot since 2015. “Charlotte” was the third most common in 2017, while “Ava” and “Sophia” tied for fourth place.
“Liam” had been the go-to name for baby boys back in 2016 and 2015, though “Noah” finally managed to overtake it in 2017 with 250 baby Noahs being born throughout last year.
“Liam” understandable slotted into second place, followed by “Benjamin,” “Logan,” and “Lucas.”
“Congratulations to all the parents who welcomed children in 2017. What I hear from Albertans is that as these children grow up, it’s so important that they have our constant support,” said Brian Malkinson, the minister of Service Alberta, in the release.
“From affordable child care and enhanced child and family benefits to school nutrition programs and lower school fees, we are making practical changes to help families and children thrive.”
The release also states that some well-known — though less commonly seen in real life — names like Tyrion, Daenerys, Kylo, Leia, Thor, Katnis, and Eleven were all recorded in Alberta in 2017. Names that reference mythology, literature, traits, or feelings were also noted, with babies Zeus, Persephone, Tolkien, Odyssey, Beowulf, Charisma, Fancy, Liberty and Happiness all being born and named last year.
A full list of the most popular boy and girl baby names can be found below.
If you’re hoping to see further back than 2015, the Government of Alberta has created an app that documents over 95,000 baby names dating back to 1980, and it is available in Apple and Android app stores under the name Alberta Baby Names App.