Canada’s most popular baby names in 2014

I remember being in Kindergarten and asking my parents if I could change my name to something like Jennifer or Sarah. Back in 1979 there wasn’t a single other Jessica at school. I could never find my name on magnets, keychains or little placards to hang on my bedroom door. At the time, it felt extremely unjust. 


And how in hell did they settle on a name that was so obscure? Turns out my dad was reading Frank Herbert’s novel Dune and Princess Jessica’s character stuck in his head, trumping my mom’s choices of Rebecca and Elizabeth. 


It’s not science fiction influencing parents these days. It’s travel and nature, not to mention Frozen and The Lego Movie


The Baby Centre Canada recently released its Top 100 Baby Names of 2014 for both boys and girls. While perennial favourites like Noah and Olivia held steady in the top 10, place names like London, Brooklyn, Boston, Dallas, Milan, Aspen, Nice and Savannah are steadily gaining in popularity.  


But Jackson, Liam and Lucas—the three top boy’s names last year—didn’t budge a spot from 2013. The top three girls’ names changed ever so slightly, with Sophia bumping out Emily for the number three spot and Emma bumping Olivia down to number two. 


Although Elsa and Anna—the Frozen sisters—didn’t make the top 10, they both rose in popularity, as did Emmett, the lead character from The Lego Movie


So too, did names inspired from nature: Willow, Ivy and Brooke made it into the top 100 for girls. And although River, Linden, Fox, Bear, Wolfie, and Silver for boys and Ocean, Evening, Crimson, Ski, Oak, and Feather for girls didn’t make the final cut for the list, they’ve certainly climbed the charts, assures The Baby Centre.


A few personal observations: One might surmise that boy’s names inspired by Jazz greats, like Charlie (#47) Cole (#52) and Miles (#59) are on the rise. And maybe, too, monickers taken from notable historical (both fictional and real) figures, like Sawyer (#39), Wyatt (#50) and Lincoln (#70). And for girls, it looks like Jessica may be making a comeback: although it didn’t make the top 100 in 2013, it came in at a respectable #87 last year. (By the by, I’m okay with Jessica now.)


In any case, here are 2014’s 10 most popular baby names for both boys and girls in Canada:


  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Sophia
  4. Chloe
  5. Emily
  6. Lily
  7. Zoe
  8. Isabella
  9. Ava
  10. Aria
  1. Jackson
  2. Liam
  3. Lucas
  4. Logan
  5. William
  6. Aiden
  7. Mason
  8. Noah
  9. Jack
  10. Nathan






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