The Ontario government is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of recording baby names in Ontario.
“Choosing a name for your child is an important and personal decision for all parents,” said Government and Consumer Services minister Bill Walker.
“The lists of top baby names in Ontario is one way to help parents choose a name for their baby,” he noted.
“Having a baby is an unforgettable moment for parents, filled with overwhelming love and many sleepless nights,” Walker added.
“[Our government] is making life easier by making day care more accessible, respecting their hard-earned tax dollars, and investing in the right services for families.”
Marie and Joseph rank as the most popular names for girls and boys born in Ontario over the past 100 years.
Since the Roaring '20s, Marie ranked as the most popular girls name for four decades, followed closely by Mary.
Joseph ranked first in boy names over a 30-year period.
The most popular baby name for boys in 2017 was Noah, which replaced Benjamin, while Olivia remained the most popular baby name for girls.
Top girls' names for 2017 were Olivia, Emma, Charlotte, Ava, and Amelia.
The top boys' names were Noah, Liam, Benjamin, William, and Logan.
After naming their newborns, parents have up to 30 days to register their child's birth.
ServiceOntario's easy-to-use online “5-in-1 Newborn Bundle” is the best way to register a birth.
In a few easy clicks, parents can register their child's birth and apply for their birth certificate, Social Insurance Number, Canada Child Benefit, and Education Savings Referral service.
Ontario marked the 100-year anniversary of tracking baby names in 2017.
Parents can check the lists of top baby names over the past century to help them choose a name for their baby.
ServiceOntario's “5-in-1 Newborn Bundle” was the first of its kind in Canada when it launched in 2007.
More than 1.3 million newborns have been registered in Ontario using the service.