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Most Popular Baby Names in Ontario for 2020

For siblings Olivia and Noah Marcotte, things can get quite confusing when you not only have the most popular baby names in the room, but also across the province – among newborns, that is. -to say.

That’s right, for the 11th year in a row Olivia is the most popular baby name for girls, while Noah is in number one for baby boys for the second year in a row.

“In the past, I didn’t like (my name) because I know a lot about Olivia and when someone called my name, three Olivias would turn around and didn’t know who they were talking to,” said Olivia, 10. year. “But I like how easy it is for people to remember, pronounce and spell.”

His brother, Noah, just weeks away from his 13th birthday, found a good way to find out who Noah was among his four friends of the same name.

“We just call each other by our last names,” he said. “A lot of parents decide to give their children my name, so I think that’s a good name.”

In 2020, the year for which the most recent data is available, there were 762 newborns named Olivia in Ontario, according to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. Charlotte and Emma held second and third place respectively for another year, followed by Amelia in fourth place and Sophia in fifth place.

Noah took the top spot for boy names in 2020, with 785 babies with that nickname, followed again in second place by Liam, Benjamin moving from last year’s spot to third, followed by ‘Oliver and Jack in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

Sebastian Skamski, director of communications for the minister of government and consumer services, noted that these figures are considered preliminary until the Registrar General’s annual report for 2020 is finalized.

Gillian Marcotte, mother of Olivia and Noah, said she knew the names were common when she and her husband chose them, but didn’t expect them to become so popular.

“When we landed on Olivia, my husband and I were both in agreement on this one…” To Noah, it’s just a name that is easy to pronounce in both languages ​​and that was important to us. “

Olivia is derived from the Latin word oliva, which means olive tree or olive tree.

Noah, which derives from a Hebrew word meaning “rest,” is historically associated with the servant of God in the Old Testament who built an ark to preserve life from the great flood, according to the Collins Dictionary.

When told her name was once again the most popular first name for girls for the 11th consecutive year, former NDP MP and Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow recalled how her father, Wai Sun Chow, was inspired to name his daughter after the character of Olivia in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

“It would have been really tickled pink to know that almost 65 years ago he had the foresight to pick a name for his daughter that has become one of the most popular names,” Chow said of of his father, who passed away in January 2018. “I wish that the people who bear this name will commit to working for peace because the olive branch speaks of peace and this world needs many more craftsmen Peace.

Top 10 Baby Names for 2020 in Ontario


1. Olive tree

2. Charlotte

3. Emma

4. Amélie

5. Sophie

6. Ava

7. Island

8. Chloe

9. Evelyne

10. Mia


1. Noah

2. Liam

3. Benjamin

4. Olivier

5. Jacques

6. Lucas

7. Theodore

8. Guillaume

9. Ethan

10. Lion