by Jenna Morton
I love names. I always have. As a child, I scoured baby name books, looking up the meanings and origins of friends' names, imagining what an Aurora or a Maximillian might look like. One of my favourite things about the New Year is all the baby names – the year-end lists of most popular and most unique, the publications showcasing babies born the previous year, the New Year's baby announcements in the papers.
According to the Times and Transcript (and its sister publications), the first baby born in Moncton in 2015 is Isabella, a seven pound, six ounce sweetie with a head of dark hair and a calm demeanour. The first baby born in the province is reported to be Colten, a little boy due December 22, who arrived at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton just before 2am on January 1. (Isabella is a first-born, while Colten’s older sister is named Autumn.)
Today's Parent posted their list of Top Baby Names for 2014, including a New Brunswick list compiled with information from Service New Brunswick. According to that list, Jacob and Olivia were the top names in our province last year. Parents Canada has also published a Top Names list for 2014; that one lists Sophia as the most popular girls' name in New Brunswick last year, with Noah leading the boys. For Canada, the most common girls' name in 2014 in Canada was Olivia, while the top boys' name was Liam.
If you're trying to decide on a name for baby, check out the Baby Name Wizard. I loved this when choosing our kids' names; you can see how a name's popularity has changed over the last 100 years. For something a little closer to home (that is, Canadian), check out the Vital Statistics page for British Columbia. You can search popularity of names over five years, 10 years, and so on, up to 100 years. The tool allows you to compare several names, as well, which is really fun!
Did you pay attention to these year-end lists when naming your baby? Did you have any 'rules' for choosing the proper moniker? Share your tips – and your names!