British Columbia parents have spoken. For the second year in a row, Noah is the front-runner for the most popular name for babies born in BC.
From Jan. 1 until Dec. 18, 37,650 babies were registered as new births in BC.
Noah is followed by Oliver, Olivia, Theodore, Liam, Jack, Emma, Sophia, Ethan and Leo, according to the Vital Statistics Agency’s preliminary figures for 2023. In 2022, the top names for babies born in B.C. were Noah, Olivia, Oliver, Liam, Theodore, Jack, Emma, Lucas, Leo and Sophia. Only names that occur five or more times are listed.
Each year, the Vital Statistics Agency provides a list of the most popular baby names from the birth registrations received. The list includes every given name that was chosen five or more times.
To see how popular names have changed, you can use the Compare Baby Name Popularity in B.C. tool to enter up to five names and chart their popularity over the last five, ten, twenty, fifty, or one hundred years. Move the pointer over the line, and a text box will appear to tell you how many times the name was chosen that year.