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Most popular baby names: where’s Michelle?

Michael CarabashO.k. so “Michael” was ranked #34 in Canada last year of the most popular boy names. But “Michelle” didn’t even hit the top 100? Is this for real? I thought that Michelle was a popular name – perhaps there too many “Michelles” out there such that people want to come up with something different. I can think of at least 10 “Michelles” I personally know, but not 1 Ava (the #1 girl name selected last year). I love the name “Michael” and “Michelle” so much that I’m thinking of naming all of my children either one or the other (kind of like George Foreman). Enough rambling…

So here are the 10 most popular baby names chosen by Canadian parents in 2008:

  1. Ava
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Chloe, Chloé, Kloé, Kloe, Cloe
  5. Sarah, Sara
  6. Emily, Emilee
  7. Hannah, Hanna, Hana
  8. Madison, Maddison, Madisyn
  9. Abigail, Abigaile, Abagael, Abagail, Abbagaele, Abbagail, Abbigail, Abbigayle, Abegael
  10. Sophia, Sofia

And here are the top 10 boy baby names:

  1. Ethan
  2. Nathan, Nathon
  3. William
  4. Jacob, Jakob
  5. Noah
  6. Samuel
  7. Matthew, Mathew, Mathieu
  8. Joshua, Joshau, Joshuwa
  9. Benjamin
  10. Alexander, Alexandre

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