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Canada's Top Baby Names Prove Our Neighbors To The North Are Trendsetters

My husband and I came up with our son’s name in a rather unceremonious way, while eating ice cream on the couch. I initially wanted to name him “Cash,” like Johnny Cash, and my husband deadpanned, “That’s the most hipster thing I’ve ever heard.” He wasn’t wrong, so I gave in and we settled for the compromise of Jackson, (our favorite Johnny Cash song). Point is, there's no wrong place to look for baby name inspiration. Like, why not see how our neighbors to the north do it? Might as well take a look at the top Canadian baby names for some international inspo. Oh, Canada!

As Baby Center Canada reported, “The most recent baby girl name list shows that parents are enjoying the more modern names along with the vintage names.” Olivia, which was an extremely popular name for the past seven years in Canada, according to Global News, dropped down to number 17 in 2018, with Ava being in the number one girl name spot, up from number six last year. The website said that apparently, Canadian parents are starting to shake things up, with “more than a third of their top 100” from last year not appearing in the most recent list. Other names from past years are on the rise; Ivy, for example, actually moved up 73 places from its spot in the prior list, and it could be ”due to little Ivy Mulroney's turn in the spotlight, after she followed her best friend's mum Meghan Markle up the aisle as bridesmaid at the royal wedding in May."

As for the boy names, Liam is in the lead this year, with Jackson being the number two most popular boy name. (Of course we named our son Jackson last year to be “different,” but I guess that’s not working out. Especially if we move to Canada.) Names ending in “-son” were definitely a hit in the most recent Canadian baby names list, including Grayson, Mason, Carson, Harrison, and Hudson, among others. And for the shocker — to me at least — the name Zayn, as in One Direction Zayn Malik, moved up 33 spots to the number 16 name. Are there more crazed “Directioners” having babies than I thought?

With all that said, the list of names for both sexes seem to be a pretty good mix of old and new. So if you’re looking for a Canadian name for your child, you have quite an array of options to choose from.

#1 for boys: Liam

Liam is the Irish short form of William, and it means "strong-willed warrior and protector," according to Baby Center.

#1 for girls: Ava

Baby Center says Ava is a variation of "Eve," and it's from the Latin "Avis," which means "bird." "It could also be a short form of the name Chava ("life" or "living one"), the Hebrew form of Eve," according to the website.

#2 for boys: Jackson

According to She Knows, the name Jackson is Scottish, and it means "God has been gracious."

#2 for girls: Mia

Mia is the shortened form of Maria, and "it was popularized by actress Mia Farrow," according to Baby Center. The Latin origin means "wished-for-child" or "mine," the website noted.

#3 for boys: Lucas

Baby Center says Lucas is a form of "Luke," which means "light-giving" or "illumination."

#3 for girls: Ivy

Ivy is derived from the Old English word "Ifig," which means "to climb," according to She Knows. Makes sense since this name is also what we call the evergreen climbing vine. It also means faithfulness.

#4 for boys: Noah

Behind the Name says Noah means "rest, repose."

#4 for girls: Zoe

The name Zoe is Greek and it means "life," according to Nameberry.

#5 for boys: Logan

"Little hollow" is the definition of Logan, according to Baby Name Wizard. It's also Gaelic and an Irish surname.

#5 for girls: Eva

Eva means "full of life," and is also the Latin counterpart of "Eve," which is English, according to Baby Name Wizard.

#6 for boys: Oliver

Oliver comes from the olive tree, according to She Knows. "The biblical olive tree symbolizes fruitfulness and beauty and dignity. 'Extending an olive branch' signifies an offer of peace," the website noted.

#6 for girls: Lea

In Greek, Lea means "bringer of good news," according to She Knows.