Olivia and Liam were the most popular names given to babies born in Alberta last year.

Emma, last year’s most popular name for girls dropped to the number two spot, while Liam stayed on top for the fourth year in a row.


Lana and Ryan Milner with their twins Malin and Liam. Liam was the most popular name for baby boys in 2013. (Lydia Neufeld/CBC News )

Inspiration was also found in characters from movies, television and books.

Parents who named their babies Peeta, Cato, Rue, Primrose, Seneca and Gale may be fans of The Hunger Games trilogy, though there doesn’t appear to be a Katniss in the group.

Hermione, Ginny and Draco were likely inspired by Harry Potter, and parents may have got ideas for names like Arya, Brienne, Jory and Rayder from Game of Thrones.

The oddest names include Logic, One, Jixxr for boys and Siri, Lava, Conshens and Eunique for girls.  

Some other boy names include Oakley, Tesla, Wrangler, Stetson and Dyson.

In 2013, there were 53,090 babies born in Alberta, the most ever in a single year. 

Most popular girl names: 

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Emily
  4. Sophia
  5. Ava
  6. Avery
  7. Abigail
  8. Charlotte
  9. Chloe
  10. Lily

Most popular boy names: 

  1. Liam
  2. Lucas
  3. Ethan
  4. Noah
  5. Logan
  6. Benjamin
  7. William
  8. Jacob
  9. Mason
  10. Carter 

Most popular baby names, 1980 to 2013

Source: Frequency and Ranking of Baby Names by Year and Gender, Service Alberta