January 15, 2019 3:19 pm
Updated: January 15, 2019 6:04 pm

Liam reclaims top spot for most popular boy’s name in Alberta in 2018

WATCH ABOVE: The name "Liam" is back on top as Alberta's most popular boy's name, after taking a backseat to "Noah" in 2017. Kendra Slugoski has more on that, plus the top girls' names of 2018.


After taking a one-year hiatus, Liam is once again the most popular boy’s name in Alberta.

On Tuesday morning, the province revealed its annual list of Alberta’s top baby names.

Liam once again claimed the top boy name in 2018, after coming in second in 2017 to Noah. The top girl’s name for 2018 was Olivia, as it has been since 2013.

READ MORE: Alberta’s top baby names of 2017 revealed

“And hopefully this year an adorable little tot who might possibly be named Trans Mountain — I’m just saying,” Premier Rachel Notley joked as she made the announcement in Calgary on Tuesday morning.

For 2018, the top boy’s names in Alberta were:

  • Liam – 225
  • Oliver – 212
  • Noah – 199
  • Ethan – 189
  • Logan – 182, Lucas – 182
  • Jacob – 181
  • William – 178
  • Benjamin – 176
  • Jack – 167
  • Alexander – 158, James – 158

The top girl’s names in 2018 were:

Harper and Elizabeth cracked the girl’s top 10 list for the first time since records began in 1980, the province said. James cracked the top 10 boy’s list for the first time since 1983.

READ MORE: Top baby names in Alberta in 2016: Liam and Olivia most popular, yet again

Alberta welcomed 50,104 babies in 2018 — 25,717 boys and 24,387 girls.

There were more than 13,000 different baby names used Alberta in 2018 and not all of the names are quite as common.

Some of the more original boy’s names include Beige, Beloved, Dash, Supremo, Captain and July. As for the less common girl’s names, Anger, Blaze, Moon and Prairie made the list.

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