The 100 Most Popular Baby Names In Quebec In 2021

Prior faves Olivia and Liam have been pushed from the top spots. 👶

MTL Blog, Associate Editor
​Someone pushes a child in a stroller next to the lake in La Fontaine Park while two kids follow behind.

Someone pushes a child in a stroller next to the lake in La Fontaine Park while two kids follow behind.

Quebecers are somewhat conservative when it comes to naming babies. There's no Apple or X Æ A-12 rounding out this year's Retraite Québec list of most-favoured monikers. Instead, Emma and Noah took the top spots in 2021, pushing out the previous year's faves, Olivia and Liam.

Most of 2021's top titles are surprisingly Anglo. Emma is a Latin name meaning "universal" that originated in the U.K. and made its way to North America in the 1990s. It can be used as a standalone name or as a nickname for Emily. It also had the top spot in Quebec in 2018. Presumably, parents were inspired last year by feminist icon Emma Watson or award-winning actor Emma Stone when considering what to call their baby girls.

Noah stems from the Biblical figure and means "rest" or "peace" in Hebrew. The name has been growing in favour since 2016, surpassing the supremely popular William, which remains in second place.

Over the last 20 years, William has dominated the charts, taking the top spot 14 times and second place the other six years.

Liam, a thinly veiled variation of William, took first place in 2020 and 2019. It has since dropped to the fifth position.

The first name Jacob has made a notable rise, from the ninth in 2020 to the sixth position in 2021. Zoe and Felix have both rejoined the top 10, pushing out Clara and Logan from the list. Among the more unusual names in the top 100 is Oceane at position 42 and Maelie at 50 for girls, and Mayson at 50 for boys.

The top names for girls in the province in 2021 were:

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Alice
  4. Florence
  5. Charlie
  6. Livia
  7. Charlotte
  8. Lea
  9. Romy
  10. Zoe
  11. Clara
  12. Juliette
  13. Rosalie
  14. Beatrice
  15. Rose
  16. Chloe
  17. Eva
  18. Sofia
  19. Mia
  20. Mila
  21. Victoria
  22. Jade
  23. Julia
  24. Leonie
  25. Maeva
  26. Raphaelle
  27. Jeanne
  28. Camille
  29. Amelia
  30. Flavie
  31. Ophelie
  32. Elizabeth
  33. Elena
  34. Adele
  35. Eleonore
  36. Sophia
  37. Jasmine
  38. Laurence
  39. Lexie
  40. Alicia
  41. Lily
  42. Oceane
  43. Ellie
  44. Sarah
  45. Anna
  46. Flora
  47. Simone
  48. Noelie
  49. Sophie
  50. Maelie

For boys' names, the top 50 were:

  1. Noah
  2. William
  3. Thomas
  4. Leo
  5. Liam
  6. Jacob
  7. Nathan
  8. Arthur
  9. Edouard
  10. Felix
  11. Logan
  12. Emile
  13. Louis
  14. Charles
  15. Raphael
  16. James
  17. Arnaud
  18. Theo
  19. Victor
  20. Adam
  21. Elliot
  22. Alexis
  23. Henri
  24. Jules
  25. Benjamin
  26. Samuel
  27. Gabriel
  28. Milan
  29. Olivier
  30. Laurent
  31. Theodore
  32. Nolan
  33. Jackson
  34. Jayden
  35. Lucas
  36. Antoine
  37. Zack
  38. Eloi
  39. Ethan
  40. Matheo
  41. Axel
  42. Jake
  43. Eli
  44. Mathis
  45. Hubert
  46. Xavier
  47. Zachary
  48. Leonard
  49. Loic
  50. Mayson

Retraite Québec compiles the yearly list of in-vogue baby names from data collected from providing financial assistance to families.

Sofia Misenheimer
MTL Blog, Associate Editor
Sofia Misenheimer is an Associate Editor for MTL Blog focused on gas prices in Montreal and is based in Montreal, Quebec.
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