Noah and Olivia top baby names in 2017

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

Spe­cial to the Post

Noah has un­seated Liam to claim the top name among baby boys in Al­berta, while Olivia claims the top spot on the girls’ list for the fourth year in a row.

In 2017, Al­berta wel­comed 53,539 ba­bies into the world – 27,599 boys, and 25,835 girls. Emma, Char­lotte, Ava and Sophia re­main pop­u­lar choices for girls’ names, while Liam, Ben­jamin, Lo­gan and Lu­cas round out the top five names for boys.

“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. 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.”

Brian Malkin­son, Min­is­ter of Ser­vice Al­berta

In 2017, Ser­vice Al­berta recorded 13,899 dif­fer­ent baby names, with many re­flect­ing names of char­ac­ters found in pop­u­lar movies and tele­vi­sion shows, such as Tyrion, Daen­erys, Kylo, Leia, Thor, Kat­niss and Eleven.

Some names ap­peared to ref­er­ence mythology and lit­er­a­ture, in­clud­ing Zeus, Perse­phone, Tolkien, Odyssey and Be­owulf, while oth­ers seemed to be in­spired by traits or feel­ings such as Charisma, Fancy, Lib­erty and Hap­pi­ness.

Al­ber­tans can look up more than 95,000 names dat­ing back to 1980 through the Al­berta Baby Names App, avail­able to down­load for free on iPhone, iPad and An­droid de­vices.

Baby names statis­tics are recorded by the Vi­tal Statis­tics branch of Ser­vice Al­berta, and are based on the reg­is­tra­tion and no­tice of birth in­for­ma­tion. A com­plete list of names is avail­able on the Open

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