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25 most popular baby boy names in Canada for 2016

Last year Liam was the top baby name in Canada, but did it reign supreme for 2016? We went through all the provincial registries to bring you the most popular baby boy names.

25 most popular baby boy names in Canada for 2016

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Top 25 baby boy names in Canada for 2016


Last year’s ranking: 1 

For the second year in a row, Liam was the most popular baby boy name in Canada. As the Irish short form for William (which also makes this year’s list), your little Liam will exude a bold sense of confidence, much like actor Liam Hemsworth. 

Did Emma come out on top again this year? Check out the top 25 girl names for 2016.

Liam HemsworthPhoto: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection


Last year’s ranking: 2

Sorry George and Harry, but William is the most influential royal when it comes to baby names. According to Nameberry, William stands for “resolute protection,” which is a perfect fit for your little prince. He’s royalty in your eyes, after all.

Read more: Top 100 baby names in Canada for 2016

Prince WilliamPhoto: @KensingtonRoyal via Twitter



Last year’s ranking: 4 

The rise in popularity of this sweet name has knocked down other biblical names on the list, like Jacob and Adam. This name means “peace” and “rest,” which may mean your little guy will give you lots of sleep in the future (hopefully!). On a sidenote, your little Noah might be a passionate and selfess boy, just like the main character in The Notebook.

Noah and Ally from The NotebookPhoto: Canadian Press


Last year’s ranking: 6 

Your precious Benjamin will no doubt have a sense of wonder and an itch for adventure—much like the Founding Father of the United States. And Ben is a super cute shortform. 

Benjamin FranklinPhoto: iStockphoto


Last year’s ranking: 3 

Your son will be destined for greatness with this name, and might even show success early in life—just like witty, 10-year-old Canadian actor, Jacob Tremblay. 

Jacob TremblayPhoto: @jacobtremblay via Instagram



Last year’s ranking: 5 

This moniker means “from the hollow” which is quite fitting since 2016 was the year Gilmore Girls and our favourite fictional town, Stars Hollow, came back into our lives. This name is perfect for all those #TeamLogan fans. 

A photo of Gilmore Girls actor Matt CzuchryPhoto: PA Photos Limited


Last year’s ranking: 7 

An Old Testament name, Nathan means “given” or “he will give,” making this a great name for your caring and giving son. 

baby boy playing in the sandPhoto: iStockphoto


Last year’s ranking: 17

This classic name was very popular name this year! It means “affectionate” and is one of those names that will grow with your little guy. 

laughing baby boyPhoto: iStockphoto



Last year’s ranking: 11 

If you’re a fan of Chad Michael Murray’s character on One Tree Hill, this is a perfect fit for your future basketball player.

baby boyPhoto: iStockphoto


Last year’s ranking: 9

This name was given a major boost with the release of the Mission Impossible films, which is quite fitting since Ethan means “strong.” It’s also the name of actor Ethan Hawke, who stars in a number of action-packed movies. Your baby boy may be little, but he’s full of strength. 

Ethan HawkePhoto: Gregory Pace/BEI/Shutterstock


Last year’s ranking: 10 

Who better to name your son after than the beloved Thomas the Tank Engine, who keeps on moving forward in the face of difficulty? Your little guy will persevere and be successful with a name like this, just like the inventor of the lightbulb—Thomas Edison.

Thomas the Tank EnginePhoto: iStockphoto



Last year’s ranking: 13

Mason has been a trendy name for the last few years, thanks in part to Kourtney Kardashian’s eldest son. Mason means “stone worker,” which may seem like an odd name to give your kid, but it’s a symbol of strength. 

Mason Disick and Kourtney KardashianPhoto: Broadimage/REX Shutterstock


Last year’s ranking: 20 

This timeless, unisex name (Blake Lively chose it for her daughter) is the ultimate choice if you’re looking for something that’ll grow with your child (you can call him Jamie when he’s little). Many funny people in the entertainment industry have this name, like hilarious talk show hosts James “Jimmy” Fallon and James Corden. 

James CordenPhoto: @j_corden via Instagram


Last year’s ranking: 14

This name means “God is my strength” and is the perfect moniker for your little angel. 

baby boy playing in leavesPhoto: iStockphoto



Last year’s ranking: 16

Meaning “defending men,” Alexander (or Alex for short) is a great name for your baby boy. He’ll share this strong name with conqueror Alexander the Great. It’s also the name that celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck, chose for his son—you might have a great cook in your household someday.

Wolfgang Puck and his sonPhoto: Brian To/REX/Shutterstock


Last year’s ranking: 12

Your tiny goober can share a name with Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s son and actor Samuel L. Jackson. It’s a biblical name that means “His name is God.”

Samuel L. JacksonPhoto: Buchan/SSTK/REX/Shutterstock


Last year’s ranking: 19 

Stemming (pun intended) from the old tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, your little one will climb through life with this short, but powerful name. Anna Faris and Chris Pratt chose this cute name for their little guy. 

Jack Pratt and Anna FarisPhoto: @prattprattpratt via Instagram



Last year’s ranking: 15

Speaking of funny, expect to be constantly laughing with your silly little Owen, who shares this name with actor, Owen Wilson. The name also means “warrior” and “well-born,” so you can’t go wrong with this bold choice.

Laughing boyPhoto: iStockphoto


Last year’s ranking: 

Your little guy might have musical abilities when he grows up like Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine. This biblical name means Man of the Earth so your cutie could be a big fan of playing outdoors. 

Adam LevinePhoto: Chelsea Lauren/Variety/REX Shutterstock


Last year’s ranking: 24

Whether you just like the shortened version of Leonardo or you based it off his zodiac sign, Leo stands for “lion” and your cub will be a strong leader. There were lots of little Leos born in 2016 including Jillian Harris’s son and Mindy Kaling’s fictional baby on The Mindy Project

Jillian Harris sonPhoto: @jillian.harris via Instagram



Last year’s ranking: 48

This moniker is a favourite for royalty (it means “ruler of the home”) and Henry is actually Prince Harry’s full name. He’ll be a humanitarian who is always looking to help better the lives of others. The classic name has become quite trendy thanks to celebrity parents, like Julia Roberts and Heidi Klum, who picked it for their sons. 

Prince HarryPhoto: @kensingtonroyal via Instagram


Last year’s ranking: 8

Your talented and super smart guy might turn out to be a scientist or surgeon, just like Jackson Avery from Grey’s Anatomy

Jackson Avery from Grey's AnatomyPhoto: @greysabc via Instagram


Last year’s ranking: 27

The literal translation for Aiden is “little fire,” meaning you might have a tiny firecracker on your hands. But boy is he cute! 

baby sleeping with blue hatPhoto: iStockphoto



Last year’s ranking: 21 

He might be slick, like Felix the cat, but your little guy will be “happy” and “fortunate” in life.

Sleeping babyPhoto: iStockphoto


Last year’s ranking: 30 

Your precious boy will be “thankful” and appreciative for all that you do, which is probably why Britney Spears liked the name so much for her 10-year-old son.

Jayden Federline and Britney SpearsPhoto: @britneyspears via Instagram

Read more: Top 100 baby names in Canada for 2016 8 baby name trends for 2017 100 years of popular baby names


This article was originally published on Jan 23, 2017

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