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Most popular baby names in 2021 revealed

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Albertans chose baby names ranging from traditional, to trendy to...strange in 2021. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

Olivia is once again the most popular baby girl’s name in Alberta, with Noah topping rankings for boy's names in the province in 2021.

There were 49,938 babies born in Alberta in 2021 – 25,714 boys, 24,219 girls and five genders not stated in the initial registration. Olivia maintained a record-setting popularity streak for girls’ names, topping the list every year since 2013. Noah placed first among baby boy names for the third consecutive year.

Charlotte, Ava, Emma and Amelia were among the top five most popular names for baby girls, while Jack, Oliver, Liam and Theodore ranked high among name choices for baby boys. For the first time, old-fashioned monikers Evelyn and Henry appeared in the top 10 list in Alberta.

In 2021, Alberta’s baby names reflected parents’ creativity, with names like Archangel, Chickadee, Tuba and Jocko appearing on the list. Other names appear to be inspired by popular fictional characters (Mads, Jedi, Anakin, Hobbes, Furious), vehicles (Audi, Benz, Royce, Chevy, Mercedes), locations (Monaco, Scotland, Denver, Brisbane, Nairobi) and music (Zeppelin, Jagger, Jethro).

Historically, girls' names that held top spot for the longest periods include Jessica, Emily and Olivia. For boys, it has been Matthew, Ethan and Liam

Parents have up to one year to register their child’s birth.