Liam held on as the top boy baby name for the third year running, and Olivia is the top girl name for the second year in a row.
In 2014, Alberta parents welcomed 55,587 babies to the world – 27,147 girls and 28,440 boys, keeping a five-year “baby boom” going.
“Alberta is a vibrant and thriving province with a growing number of young families and an exceptionally bright future. Our government is working every day to ensure that all parents are able to share the benefits of a prosperous future with their children.”
Deron Bilous, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Service Alberta
Names chosen in 2014 suggest that Albertans are turning to popular culture for some inspiration. Creative boys’ names included Tyrion from the Game of Thrones; Aragon which is similar to a character in The Lord of the Rings and Olivander which may be inspired by a character in the Harry Potter series.
Unique girls’ names included Primm, which is much like the character from the popular Hunger Games trilogy; Sookie from the True Blood TV series; Cosette from Les Miserables; Wednesday from The Addams Family TV series; and Khaleesi from the Game of Thrones.
Some of the more stand-out names for boys include Thunderboy, Goodness, Huckleberry, and Innocent. For girls, parents chose creative monikers such as Valkyrie, Meadow, Melon, Disney, and Bandit.
Albertans who are trying to choose the perfect name for their new arrivals can download the free Alberta Baby Names app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The app has more than 95,000 Alberta baby names dating back to 1980.
The Vital Statistics branch of Service Alberta recorded 6,110 distinct boy names and 7,409 distinct girl names in 2014. The figures are based on reports to date from hospitals and birthing centres. Final numbers and a complete list of names are also available on the Open Data Portal.
Alberta’s top names for baby boys
Alberta’s top names for baby girls