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Canadian Baby Names

Today being Canada Day–which is roughly equivalent to the US Independence Day–it seems like a good opportunity to browse through the bilingual Canadian name bank and see what we can find–actually,  more unusual–even exotic– names than you might expect. For instance, in the French colonies known as Acadia, there are such boys’ names as:

ALPHE

CALIXTE

ELZEAR

EMELIEN

LEONIDE

PACIFIQUE (unisex)

THEDDY

and girls:

EMERISE

LITIAN

MELANEA

THADEE

VIVINE

ZELINA

POPULARITY

Canada as a whole shares many of the names popular in the US. Across the country the top names are Ava and Ethan, and in some of the individual provinces other #1 names are Emily, Emma, Jacob, Logan, Ryan and William. More disparate choices in the national girls’ Top 20: Maya, Danica and Claire.

The more unique names appear, not surprisingly, in the French-speaking province of Quebec, where the Most Popular list includes:

GIRLS

ARINE

CORALIE

EMY

FLORENCE (#4)

LAURENCE

LEA (#1)

MAIKA

MEGANE

NOEMIE

OCEANE

ROSALIE (#3)

BOYS

ANTOINE

EMILE

FELIX

MATHIS

OLIVIER

RAPHAEL

XAVIER

CELEBRITIES

Some of the more interesting names of Canadian-born celebs:

ALANIS Morissette

AVRIL Lavigne

CELINE Dion

COCO Rocha

ELISHA Cuthbert

ESTELLA Warren

EVANGELINE Lilly

HAYDEN Christensen

LEONARD Cohen

MAVIS Gallant

MIA Kirshner

MORDECAI Richler

NATALIE Appleton

NATASHA Henstridge

NELLY Fertado

NEVE Campbell

OSCAR Peterson

RYAN Gosling, Reynolds

SAUL Bellow

SHANIA Twain

PLACE NAMES

And, finally, some Canadian place names that could conceivably morph into people names:

AIRDRIE

ALBERNI

ARGENTA

AVALON

AVOLA

BRETON

BURNABY

CALGARY

CANSO

CASSAIR

CELISTA

CORTES

DIGBY

DOVER

DRYDEN

ESTEVAN

HARDY

KENTON

KILLAM

LEDUC

LENNOX

LIARD

LIVELY

MAHONE

MANITOBA

NADINA

ONTARIO

PARRY

QUEBEC

SALLIQ

SAVONA

TRURO

YUKON

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