TORONTO – Sophia and Jackson — spelled in a variety of different ways — are the most popular baby names in Ontario.
The names beat out previous top choices Olivia and Liam when different spellings of a name were combined and treated as one entry.
It’s the first time the province has calculated the popularity of baby names in such a way, in an effort to reflect the impact of non-traditional spellings.
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services says the new calculation shows a new trend of parents going with different spellings of a name.
The government has also put out a traditional top names list — which ranks each named based on its exact spelling — which has Olivia and Liam remaining the most common choices for the fourth year in a row.
The baby name lists reflect data collected in 2014.
After naming their baby, Ontario parents have up to one year to register their newborn’s birth online.