CALGARY: Canada’s boom province Alberta registered a record number of 52,398 births in 2012.
Among the newly born were 27,030 boys and 25,368 girls. The province broke the previous record of 51,505 births in 2009 and and 50, 841 in in 2011.
“Alberta is a national economic leader with rapid job growth, high wages and a relatively young population, not to mention the province’s abundant natural beauty, so it’s little surprise that so many Albertans are starting families here,” said Service Alberta Minister Manmeet S. Bhullar in welcoming record births in the province.
“With boundless opportunity and such a high quality of life, this province is a great place to live and raise children,” said Bhullar, who is the youngest minister in the Alberta government, in a press statement.
Liam was the choice for 281 families in 2012, making it the top boy name for the third year in a row. Emma was back on top after dropping to number three in 2011, with 299 families giving the name to their newborn daughters.
Place names were a popular choice for baby monikers, including Cairo, Boston, Rio, Denver, Memphis and Israel for boys; and Montana, Alabama, Ireland, Jersey, Germany and Alberta for girls.
Among the one-of-a-kind names chosen for Alberta newborns were Precious, Dancing-Sunflower, Rhaney-Day, Shy-Angel, Beautiful and Skeeter for girls; and Thunderbolt, Little, Horizon, Brave, and Icarus for boys. Alberta can also lay claim to its own royal babies with the names King, Prince and Lord appearing for boys; and the name Princess registered 12 times for girls.
Music, spirituality, nature, politics and celebrity seemed to have inspired some families with names such as: Lyric, Symphony and Chorus; Divinity, Eternity and Heaven; Cedar, Wren and Rainbow; Nixon, Kennedy and Reagan; and Adele, Lennon, Hendrix, and Minaj appearing on the list.
Some parents were creative with punctuation and spelling: Brooklyn had variations including Brooklin, Brooklen, Brookelyn, Brooklynn and Brooklyne; some names such as Margret-Joan-Jean were double-hyphenated.