Ethan and Olivia topped the list of popular baby names in B.C. in 2012, according to figures just released by the province's Vital Statistics Agency.

The names replaced 2011's favourites Liam and Emma at the top of the annual ranking, which is released every December for the previous year.

There were 44,270 births in B.C. in 2012, and the full range of names spanned  from Aarav to Zion and Aaliyah to Zoya.

Rank Boys # Girls #
Top baby names by births in  B.C. in 2012
1 Ethan 297 Olivia 274
2 Liam 264 Emma 265
3 Lucas 231 Sophia 232
4 Mason 207 Emily 195
5 Logan 203 Ava 187
6 Noah 193 Ella 175
7 Alexander 190 Chloe 143
8 Benjamin 176 Isabella 142
9 Jacob 168 Avery 138
10 Jack 163 Hannah 130
11 Owen 157 Sophie 127
12 Ryan 152 Abigail 126
13 Daniel 150 Charlotte 122
14 Oliver 150 Lily 121
15 James 147 Brooklyn 113
16 Nathan 147 Madison 112
17 Jayden 146 Isla 111
18 Samuel 140 Grace 101
19 Matthew 139 Maya 99
20 William 133 Amelia 96