Every year, BabyCenter Canada releases its top baby names and as we wind down 2015 the results are in. If your kid is an Emma or Liam, or has classmates with either of those names, then ding, ding, ding, their moniker is the most popular. This also probably means they will run into someone sporting their name several times over the course of their lifetime.
The top three girls’ names have remained unchanged since 2014. Emma, Olivia and Sophia continue to lead the pack. Newbies Madelyn, Mila, Madison and Isabelle replaced former top 20 names Brooklyn, Sophie and Aubrey.
As for the boys, Jackson, which was number one for the last three years, fell into second place — and was dethroned by 2011 champion Liam. Nathan, Owen, Gabriel and Aiden we bumped out of the top 20, while Thomas, Ryan, Lincoln and Caleb are in.
The list is based on thousands of names from the site’s registered users but that doesn’t mean the royal Cambridge babies aren’t influencing parents’ choices. Charlotte, which has been increasingly popular in recent years, surged from twelfth to the eighth spot. Her mom, Kate, rose 25 places to number sixty seven.
As for the boys, William landed in eighth position, but fell out of the top five. And George is nowhere near his family, at number 90. That being said, he rose 109 spots, so let’s call it a win.
Royalty, in general though, was what reigned supreme, as girls with names like Princess, Marquesa, Rayna and Rex made appearances, while boys were named Princeton, Prince, Legend, Legion and Noble.
Another trend that is becoming popular is gender-neutral names, with girls taking on typically male names like Blake, Lennon, Drew, Hunter, Ferguson, Palmer, Henley, Wyatt, London, Oakley, Ryker, Scottie and Wynn. While boys getting girls’ names isn’t trending (yet), Avery rose in popularity while it dropped for girls.
Baby steps, parents. Baby steps.