These were the most popular baby names in Canada this year

Dec 20 2018, 1:44 pm

BabyCenter’s top 100 girls and boys baby names for 2018 has been released.

For girls, parents avoided the usual high fliers and a new name has taken the number one spot, beating out 2017’s champ, Olivia.

For boys, BabyCenter parents proved they’re still fond of the favourites, with only a slight jostling of the crown as Noah was knocked off the top spot, ‘all the way’ down to 3rd.

Three new recruits for the boys joined the top ten, hinting at a growing fondness for names ending in -son. Jackson, Mason and Grayson are in at numbers two, nine and 10 respectively. This trend was repeated throughout the top 100 with Carson, Harrison and Hudson all making the list.

For the gals, three-letter names were popular across the board, with nearly all the top ten girlsā€™ names going to small but punchy choices, including Lea and Ana. Names ending with the letter ā€˜aā€™ has been a trend for 2018, with a peppering across the whole top 100, including Clara, Eva, Kira, Ida and Luna.

According to BabyCenter, parents boldly opted for some different choices compared to last yearā€™s batch, with dozens of new entries storming the charts. More than a third of the top 100 didnā€™t appear on 2017’s list, for both boys and girls. Names like Lea, Gia, Eve, Noa, Joy, Bria, Kylie, Zayn, Ezra, Declan and Maverick revealed that BabyCenter parents can enjoy more modern choices alongside the vintage classics.

Here are the top 25 baby names for boys and girls in Canada. For the full list of 100, click here.


  1. Ava
  2. Mia
  3. Ivy
  4. Zoe
  5. Eva
  6. Lea
  7. Ana
  8. Aria
  9. Emma
  10. Ella
  11. Gia
  12. Amelia
  13. Isla
  14. Nia
  15. Sophia
  16. Mya
  17. Eve
  18. Olivia
  19. Amy
  20. Kira
  21. Lily
  22. Abigail
  23. Emy
  24. Mila
  25. Eli


  1. Liam
  2. Jackson
  3. Noah
  4. Lucas
  5. Logan
  6. Oliver
  7. William
  8. Benjamin
  9. Mason
  10. Grayson
  11. Jacob
  12. Owen
  13. James
  14. Jack
  15. Ethan
  16. Zayn
  17. Lincoln
  18. Leo
  19. Thomas
  20. Hudson
  21. Caleb
  22. Mateo
  23. Kayden
  24. Elijah
  25. Hunter
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