Top 10 names for baby girls in Canada

Did you know that the name Olivia first appeared in a Shakespeare comedy? Discover more facts about the most popular baby names for girls in Canada, like the origin of the name Emma.

By Heather Camlot

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Top 10 names for baby girls in Canada

What's in a name? A whole lot, based on Canada's Top 10 picks for girls' names in 2012. While both the boys' and girls' lists consist mainly of biblical and classical Greek names, the girls' favourites also have some literary leanings, referencing William Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Emily Brontë, as well as modern scribes such as J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer. These names certainly have the "write" stuff, but are they right for you and your little one?

1. Olivia
The name Olivia first appeared in William Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night for the play's lead character, Olivia, the countess of Illyria. Like its masculine version, Oliver, Olivia may mean "elf army" or it may be a play upon the Latin oliva (meaning "olive"). The name is faultless, according to Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard (Three Rivers Press, 2013), with its combination of antique charm and hip nickname. Parents agree: Olivia is No. 1 in both Nova Scotia and British Columbia, as well as further afield in New Zealand.

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