Most Popular Names: Quebec 2009

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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Meryl Says:

April 14th, 2010 at 2:46 am

What a great list! I am in love with Anais, oceane, Aurelie, Noemie and Maeve. I know Maeve is catching on but do yu think the rest will climb in the USA?

Laura Says:

April 14th, 2010 at 8:33 am

I think I find Marianne high rank most surprising. Florence is also not top 1000 here but seems to fit the current trend.

Andrea Says:

April 14th, 2010 at 9:16 am

I wonder if they’ve left off the accents and such. I’ve seen this list with them included. Part of my paternal grandmother’s family came from Quebec originally and some of the names on the list, like Rosalie, show up on my family tree. Maika is a diminutive of Mary or Marie. I think it’s originally Frisian and shows up also as Maike or Maaike.

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

April 14th, 2010 at 9:18 am

Maika is completely new to me. Always a pleasure to discover a new name.

Others are familiar but would be a welcome surprise in most of the United States: Florence, Coralie, Raphaelle, Raphael, Emile, Loic, and more. Overall, lovely list.

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

April 14th, 2010 at 9:20 am

Andrea, that makes sense that Maika would be derived from Mary. Thank you!

UrbanAngel Says:

April 14th, 2010 at 9:26 am

Can I swap countries? Lovely,lovely list

Bella Says:

April 14th, 2010 at 9:36 am

Coralie
Alicia
Elizabeth

I also like Melody and Beatrix spelled in this way.

Interesting how they like the ‘odie’ syllable.

olivegreen Says:

April 14th, 2010 at 10:50 am

Swoon…I like so many of these names! I’m also loving some of the combo names on the extended list: Sarah-Maude, Marie-Soleil, and the classic Anne-Sophie.

liz22 Says:

April 14th, 2010 at 10:54 am

I love close to Quebec on the East coast of Canada and I hear many French-influenced baby names, which I love.

So many of my favourites are on this list too – Rosalie, Juliet(te), Annabel(le), Elizabeth, Maeva, Florence, Beatrix and Gabriel, Xavier and Elliot.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 14th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

A couple of comments. I DON’T see most of these climbing the ladder in the US, though many are really lovely. And yes, many usually take accents of various kinds — Lea with an accent on the e and Loic with an umlaut over the i, for instance — but as some of you may have discovered, accents are really confusing for the nameberry database.

www.legitbabenames.wordpress.com Says:

April 14th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Lots of great names on this list. I wouldn’t say that these are too different from what is currently used in France. For instance, Oceane, Maeva, Clara are all very trendy.

Vera Says:

April 14th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I’m Canadian, and although I’m not from Quebec, one of my closest friends is, and I visit her often. I could spend all day in downtown Montreal just asking people their names, it’s so amazing!

Nephele Says:

April 14th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

I think I’m in love with Canadian names. Many thanks for this blog!

peach Says:

April 15th, 2010 at 8:55 am

Florence and Jade are surprising as are Emile and Justin but overall a beautiful group of names. Hard to choose my faves: Felix, Etienne, Louis and Camille, Maelie, Elodie, Beatrice (so charming with a French accent). If it weren’t for the weather in Montreal I would be there!

JustADad Says:

April 15th, 2010 at 10:22 am

This is a great great list.

Smismar Says:

April 15th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Seems to me the Quebecois have better name-taste than most Americans! Love the list!!

Macy Says:

April 18th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Nice to see Alexis so high up on the boys list and girls using the proper female version Alexia.

Martina Says:

May 20th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Some of my most favourite names, male and female, are on this list.
Montreal is one of my favourite cities, so I’m not surprised.

Jessalyn Says:

July 29th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

I really like the name Maelie, but its not common here, can anyone give me more information, opinions on the name?

Mary Says:

March 21st, 2011 at 6:22 pm

The absolute most popular names here (in QUE) are Marie- names. (eg. Marie-Claire, Marie-Hélène, Marie-Claude, etc). Mor than half of the pople in my classes in Québec (when I lived there) were Marie- names.

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