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Most Popular Names: Quebec 2009

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The official lists of most popular names of 2009 are starting to come in, and one of the most intriguing is from Quebec, the Canadian province where French is an official language and baby names have a distinct style.

The most popular names in Quebec are very different from those in the U.S. and other primarily English-speaking places, but different too from France.

While some choices on the Top 50 most popular names for each gender are familiar, others are wildly divergent. Emma, number 1 in the US, is number 3 in Quebec, for instance, with Chloe, Sarah, and Emilie (as opposed to Emily) also in the Top 25. The international William is Number 1 for boys, with U.S. most popular Jacob in 11th place and Zachary, Benjamin, Noah, Anthony, and Justin in the Top 25.

But then you have other names near the top of the list that are unusual or virtually unknown in the U.S. and the U.K. Lea, usually with an accent as Léa, is the Number 1 girls’ name, with such exotic choices as Maika, Noemie, Coralie, Laurence, Maelie, and Oceane in the girls’ Top 25. For boys, the Top 25 includes Olivier, Alexis, Felix, Antoine, Emile, Loic, and Mathis, pronounced Mat-TEES.

Here are the Top 100 most popular names, 50 each for boys and girls, in Quebec in 2009. For even more choices, go here.

1. LEA, WILLIAM

2. FLORENCE, OLIVIER

3. EMMA, THOMAS

4. ROSALIE, NATHAN

5. JADE, ALEXIS

6. JULIETTE, FELIX

7. CAMILLE, GABRIEL

8. GABRIELLE, SAMUEL

9. MAIKA, ANTOINE

10. MIA, XAVIER

11. NOEMIE, JACOB

12. OLIVIA, RAPHAEL

13. ZOE, MATHIS

14. CHLOE, ZACHARY

15. CORALIE, ALEXANDRE

16. SARAH, BENJAMIN

17. LAURENCE, EMILE

18. ALICE, NOAH

19. ALEXIA, ANTHONY

20. CHARLOTTE, JUSTIN

21. ALICIA, VINCENT

22. MAELIE, EDOUARD

23. OCEANE, NICOLAS

24. EMILIE, LOIC

25. ANNABELLE, LUCAS

26. MEGANE, CHARLES

27. ANAIS, TRISTAN

28. MARIANNE, JEREMY

29. ELODIE, ADAM

30. EVE, MAXIME

31. ARIANE, LIAM

32. CHARLIE, ETIENNE

33. ROSE, SIMON

34. LAURIE, ALEX

35. AURELIE, VICTOR

36. ELIZABETH, ZACK

37. VICTORIA, ELLIOT

38. JUSTINE, DAVID

39. EMY, JULIEN

40. RAPHAELLE, MALIK

41. MAEVA, GUILLAUME

42. MAYA, PHILIPPE

43. LEANNE, LOUIS

44. MEGAN, LEO

45. DELPHINE, MATHIEU

46. MELODIE, ZACKARY

47. CLARA, LUDOVIC

48. SOFIA, DYLAN

49. BEATRICE, LOGAN

50. JASMINE, THEO

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