Liam, Olivia, Emma, Lucas, Oliver: Most popular names for babies in BC in 2018

LIAM is in the lead for the most popular name for babies born in British Columbia this year.

Liam is followed by Olivia, Emma, Lucas and Oliver, according to the Vital Statistics Agency’s preliminary statistics from January 1, 2018, to December 18, 2018.

In 2017, Olivia was the top name, overall.

For six of the past seven years, Olivia has been the favourite name for girls born in British Columbia. So far in 2018, that name leads the list for girls, followed by Emma, Amelia, Charlotte, Chloe, Ava, Sophia, Isla, Emily and Hannah. Isla is new to the list this year.

After Liam, the top choices for boys born in B.C. in 2018, in order, are Lucas, Oliver, Benjamin, Ethan, Noah, Logan, William, James and Leo. A new addition to the top 10 in 2018 is Leo.

In 2017, Benjamin was the number 1 boys’ name in B.C., followed by Liam, Logan, Lucas, a tie for fifth between Ethan and James, then Oliver, Noah, William and Owen.

Olivia was the number 1 girls’ name in 2017, followed by Emma, Sophia, a tie between Ava and Charlotte, then Emily, Chloe, Hannah, Amelia and Abigail.

Only names whose frequency occurs five or more times are listed.

There have been 40,565 babies born in B.C. in 2018 – 19,821 girls and 20,744 boys. In 2017, there were 44,694 babies born in B.C. – 21,727 girls and 22,967 boys.

To see the full list of the most popular baby names in B.C. for 2017, visit:



Benjamin 221 Liam 220
Logan 210 Lucas 209
Ethan 197 James 197
Oliver 186 Noah 177
William 176 Owen 170
Jacob 162 Alexander 152
Jack 150 Leo 136
Daniel 135 Mason 134
Aiden 132 Hunter 123
Henry 120 Carter 119


Olivia 260 Emma 231
Sophia 183 Ava 178
Charlotte 178 Emily 170
Chloe 160 Hannah 155
Amelia 152 Abigail 129
Isla 126 Mila 125
Isabella 116 Ella 110
Evelyn 110 Mia 107
Aria 100 Avery 100
Scarlett 100 Elizabeth 96