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This Year’s Most Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia

NOTE: A list of the top baby names for 2017 follows this release. The 2017 information is current as of today, Dec. 28.

Nova Scotians favoured the same two baby names in 2017 as last year: Olivia and William. According to Nova Scotia's Registry of Vital Statistics, as of Dec. 28, Nova Scotia welcomed 53 babies named Olivia and 60 named William.

Of the 7,646 registered births in Nova Scotia up to Dec. 28, the top 10 names were Olivia, Charlotte, Scarlett, Sophia, Ava, William, Benjamin, Liam, Oliver and Lincoln.

The most popular names usually remain fairly consistent over the years, however, there are a few new favourites this year such as Lincoln, Alexander, Grayson, Jaxon, Thomas, Hannah, Avery, Zoey and Sadie.

Nova Scotia began formally registering births on Aug. 1, 1864. The most popular names that year were Mary and John.

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For the second year in a row Olivia and William were Nova Scotians’ favourite baby names.

Following Olivia and William, the most popular names were Charlotte, Scarlett, Sophia, Ava, William, Benjamin, Liam, Oliver and Lincoln.

There were 7,646 registered births up to today, (December 28th).

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Following are the top baby names in Nova Scotia for 2017:

GIRLS:

Olivia (53), Charlotte (49), Scarlett (38), Sophia (38), Ava (37), Emma (35), Abigail (34), Evelyn (33), Amelia (32), Ella (31), Claire (29), Hannah (29), Lily (29), Avery (27), Chloe (27), Zoey (26), Sadie (24), Ellie (23), Emily (23), Isabella (23).

BOYS:

William (60), Benjamin (52), Liam (44), Oliver (44), Lincoln (43), Jack (42), Noah (42), Logan (41), Lucas (41), Owen (38), James (37), Ethan (36), Hunter (36), Alexander (34), Carter (32), Grayson (32), Emmett (30), Jackson (30), Mason (30), Jaxon (29), Thomas (29).