Emma and Liam top 2015 list of most popular baby names in Canada

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Do any of these look familiar? The list of the most popular baby names of 2015 was released by Babycentre.ca and coming in at number one is Emma for girls and Liam for boys.

The top three most popular girl names remain unchanged from 2014, while Liam stole the top spot for boys from last years’ winner, Jackson, which fell to number two.

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New entires for girls in 2015 include Madelyn, Mila, Madison, and Isabelle. Brooklyn, Sophie, and Aubrey fell out of the top 20 this year.

For boys, Ryan, Lincoln, and Caleb made an appearance on the list, replacing Nathan, Owen, Gabriel, and Aiden. Aiden has been in the top 10 for the past five years, but dropped all the way to number 31 for 2015.

Many parents were opting for gender-neutral or masculine names for their girls this year. While none of these made the top 20 list, Blake, Lennon, Drew, Hunter, Ferguson, Palmer, Henley, Wyatt, London, Oakley, Ryker, Scottie, and Wynn made an appearance.

The influence might largely be attributable to celebrities such as Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively choosing traditionally masculine names for their female children; the couple chose James for their girl, while Kristen Bell’s daughter is named Lincoln.

The royal family might have helped boost the popularity of the name Charlotte with the birth of the second baby of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Top 20 list for girls

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Sophia
  4. Zoe
  5. Emily
  6. Avery
  7. Isabella
  8. Charlotte
  9. Lily
  10. Ava
  11. Maya
  12. Aria
  13. Madelyn
  14. Mila
  15. Mia
  16. Chloe
  17. Abigail
  18. Ella
  19. Madison
  20. Isabelle

Top 20 list for boys

  1. Liam
  2. Jackson
  3. Logan
  4. Lucas
  5. Noah
  6. Ethan
  7. Jack
  8. William
  9. Jacob
  10. James
  11. Thomas
  12. Alexander
  13. Oliver
  14. Mason
  15. Carter
  16. Benjamin
  17. Hunter
  18. Ryan
  19. Lincoln
  20. Caleb

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