These siblings have come to terms with the fact that their first names are pretty popular among Ontario newborns

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For siblings Olivia and Noah Marcotte, things can get pretty confusing when you have the most popular names not just in the room, but across the province—in newborns, that is.

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That’s right, for the 11th year in a row, Olivia is the most popular baby name for girls, while Noah has topped the list for baby boys for the second year in a row.

Olivia, 10, said, “In the past, I didn’t like (my name) because I know a lot of Olivias and when someone calls my name, three Olivias turn around and don’t know who they’re talking to.” Huh.” “But I like that it’s easy for people to remember, pronounce, and spell.”


His brother, Noah, just weeks before his 13th birthday, came up with a cool way to find out who Noah was, one of four friends with the same name.

“We just call each other by our last names,” he said. “A lot of parents decide to name their kids mine, so I think it’s a good name.”

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According to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, during 2020, the year for which the most recent data is available, Ontario had 762 newborns named Olivia. Charlotte and Emma finished second and third respectively for another year, followed by Amelia in fourth and Sofia in fifth.

Noah took the top spot for boys’ names in 2020, with 785 children with that moniker, followed by Liam once again in second place, Benjamin in third place, up one place from last year, Oliver and Jack in fourth and fifth. Stay on location, respectively.

Sebastian Scamsky, communications director to the minister for government and consumer services, said these numbers are considered preliminary until the registrar general’s annual report for 2020 is finalised.

Olivia and Noah’s mother, Gillian Marcotte, said she knew the names were common when she and her husband chose them, but she didn’t anticipate it to be this popular.

“When we landed on Olivia, my husband and I both agreed on that … We were just happy that we agreed on a name so we just went with that,” she said. “For Noah, it’s just a name that is easily pronounced in both languages ​​and that was important to us.”

Olivia is derived from the Latin word oliva, Meaning Olive or olive tree.

Noah, which is derived from a Hebrew word meaning “rest”, is historically associated in the Old Testament with the servant of God who builds an ark to save life from the Great Flood, according to Collins Dictionary,

When told that her name was once again the most popular name for girls for the 11th year in a row, former federal NDP MP and Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow recalled how her father, Wai Sun Chow, named his daughter after her. Was inspired to keep it. The character of Olivia in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Chow said of her father, who died in January 2018, “he must have been truly tickled pink to learn that nearly 65 years ago he had the foresight to choose a name for his daughter, which would be one of the most popular names. became one of them.” I wish people who have the name are committed to working for peace because the olive branch is about peace and this world needs more peacemakers.”

Top 10 baby names for 2020 in Ontario


1. Olivia

2. Charlotte

3. Emma

4. Amelia

5. Sofia

6. Ava

7. Isla

8. Chloe

9. Evelyn

10. mine


1. Noah

2. Liam

3. Benjamin

4. Oliver

5. Jack

6. Lucas

7. Theodore

8. William

9. Ethan

10. Leo

Kenyon Wallace is a Toronto-based investigative reporter for Star. Follow him on Twitter: @KenyonWallace or reach him via email: [email protected]
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