Irish boy name is the 2nd most popular baby name in Canada

Irish boy name is the 2nd most popular baby name in Canada.

The most popular baby names for newborns in Canada have been released, and one Irish name has emerged as the 2nd most popular name for boys in Canada.

The statistics come from BabyCenter, an online media company out of the US that provides information on popular names, pregnancy, birth, and more baby-related information for parents and parents-to-be.

Read on to find out which Irish name almost topped the list of the most popular boy names in Canada in 2023.

Irish boy name is the 2nd most popular baby name in Canada – a popular name around the world

One Irish boy name has emerged as the 2nd most popular baby name in Canada.

Liam is the Irish boy name that emerged as the second most popular baby name for boys in Canada in 2023.

The name Liam is popular on home soil in Ireland as well as in many countries around the world. It has been the most popular boy name in the US for several years.

Liam is the shortened version of the name Uilliam, which is the Irish version of the name William.

Interestingly, the original name is actually made up of two Old German elements, ‘willa’ meaning ‘will’ or ‘resolution’, and ‘helma’, meaning ‘helmet’. As such, it could be translated to ‘helmet of will’ or ‘guardian’.

Eventually, elements of the name made their way to Ireland with the Irish form Uilliam, which was then shortened to Liam.

The name Liam in Ireland – one of the most popular in Ireland

The name Liam in Ireland.
Credit: Flickr/ Ed Maguire

Until the late 18th century, the name Liam was virtually unheard of outside the Emerald Isle.

Due to the Great Famine, over 1.5 million Irish fled their homeland for safer pastures elsewhere in the world. As such, Irish culture, including names, spread around the world with them.

It was in the late 20th century when the name really started to gain popularity elsewhere around the world.

For example, in the 1980s, there were around 12 in every 10,000 boys named Liam in the UK. By 1996, the name peaked in popularity as the 10th most popular baby name for boys in England and Wales, according to the UK Office For National Statistics.

In the United States, Liam first entered the top 50 most popular boy names in 2009 in the 49th spot.

This shot up to the 30th most popular name in 2010, the 15th most popular in 2011, the 6th most popular in 2012, and by 2017, it was the most popular name for boys and has remained at the top ever since.

Canada’s top baby names – the top ten for boys and girls

Canada's top baby names.

In Canada, Liam was the most popular baby name for boys in Canada from 2012 to 2020. It was dethroned in 2021 when Noah became the most popular.

As such, for the last two years, Liam has been the second most popular baby boy name in Canada since Noah took the top spot in 2021.

The other top names for boys in Canada are Oliver, Ethan, Elijah, Leo, James, Lucas, Mateo, and Aiden, according to BabyCenter.

For girls, the top ten names are Olivia, Emma, Amelia, Isabella, Lily, Luna, Aurora, Charlotte, Mia, and Sophia.

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