Ella, Owen, Top Baby Names for 2010

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)

August 24, 2011 9:32 AM

NOTE: A list of the top 20 baby names for boys and girls for 2010 follows this release.

If you've got a little Ella or Owen at home, you're in good company.

Those were the most popular names for babies born in Nova Scotia in 2010 according to the province's Registry of Vital Statistics.

There were 61 Ellas born in Nova Scotia last year. Hot on Ella's heels were Olivia (60), Ava (59), Emma (53) and Lily (53).

The top five boys' names were Owen (77), Liam (76), Benjamin (73), Ethan (70), and Jacob (70).

"Classic names have been popular with parents for the last several years," said Michelle MacFarlane, deputy registrar general of vital statistics. "In fact, many of the names on the 2010 list were also on our list from 2001 -- names like Emily, Sarah, Jacob and Liam."

There were 8,784 babies born in Nova Scotia in 2010, compared to 8,896 in 2009.


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     Ella and Owen were the most popular baby names for Nova

Scotian newborns in 2010.

     There were 61 Ellas and 77 Owens born in Nova Scotia last

year. The other most popular girls' names were Olivia, Ava, Emma

and Lily.        

     After Owen, the most popular boys' names were Liam,

Benjamin, Ethan and Jacob.

     There were 8-thousand 784 babies born in Nova Scotia in

2010.

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Media Contact: Rachel Boomer
              Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
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The following are the top 20 baby names for boys and girls born in Nova Scotia in 2010, with the number of times the name was registered.

Boys
-- Owen 77
-- Liam 76
-- Benjamin 73
-- Ethan 70
-- Jacob 70
-- Logan 58
-- William 52
-- Carter 51
-- Jack 49
-- Samuel 45
-- Nathan 43
-- Alexander 41
-- Brayden 40
-- Noah 40
-- James 39
-- John 39
-- Lucas 37
-- Hayden 36
-- Joshua 36
-- Aiden 34

Girls
-- Ella 61
-- Olivia 60
-- Ava 59
-- Emma 53
-- Lily 53
-- Abigail 48
-- Sophie 48
-- Emily 47
-- Chloe 41
-- Alexis 40
-- Isabella 40
-- Madison 40
-- Brooklyn 38
-- Sophia 37
-- Charlotte 36
-- Addison 31
-- Hannah 28
-- Peyton 28
-- Nevaeh 27
-- Sarah 27