Emma, Liam top 2015 list of Canadian baby names

What do the Royal Family, Taylor Swift and your grandparents have in common? They’re all influencing this year's list of popular baby names.

Names like Nova and Wesley climbing, while Molly and Xavier move down the rankings

Canadian parents looking for names for their newborns are turning topop culture and their family trees. (Getty )

Emma and Liam were the most popular names of 2015 chosen by Canadian parents, but names like Nova, Taylor and even Legend are all gaining fast, according to a website that tracks baby names.

Ann Elisabeth Samson, the editor of the BabyCenter Canada website, gave CBC Radio's Metro Morning a sneak peek of her top 100 lists, which were released on Monday.

"Choosing a name is maybe one of the most fun, but sometimes stressful parts, of having a new baby," Samson said, pointing out that parents are being influenced by everything from their family history to cultural heritage to pop culture.

Who's driving this year's trends? The Royal Family, Taylor Swift and maybe, your grandparents.

Here are the top 10 girl names:

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

The Top 3 names remain unchanged, Samson said, but there was plenty of change further down the list.

Taylor Swift, left, and Prince William and his son, George, both influenced new parents in 2015. (Associated Press)
Several names leapt onto the top 100 list, including: Taylor, which Samson said was largely driven by the popularity of pop star Swift. Nova, Keira and Abby also gained popularity while Molly, Harper and Aubrey moved down the list.

Charlotte, which Prince William and Kate Middleton chose for their daughter, soared into the Top 10. George, the name of the first royal baby, climbed 109 spots to become the 90th most popular name on the list of boys' names.

The Royals also led to some more creative names, including: Princeton, Prince, Noble, Legend and even Legion.

Here are the top 10 boy names:

  1. Liam
  2. Jackson
  3. Logan
  4. Lucas
  5. Noah
  6. Ethan
  7. Jack
  8. William
  9. Jacob
  10. James

Wesley and Charles had major climbs on the list, while Ryder, Ryker, Peter and Arthur were also new additions to the top 100 list.

The names on the Top 100 with the biggest drop were Samuel, Xavier and Blake.

So where does Samson think parents will turn when it comes to naming their children in 2016?

"I think we'll see a rise in the names of our grandparents," Samson said, adding names like Arthur, Angus, Mabel, Hazel are all on the rise.

There's also a chance that celebrity baby names will keep climbing. Samson said parents that use these names aren't copying, per se, but simply getting used to new names: think Apple, North or Saint.

One final trend Samson pointed out is the rise in gender-neutral names, or parents using former male names — like Drew, Hunter and Oakley — for their daughters. 


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