Top Baby Names in New Brunswick

One of my favourite things to read each year is the list of most popular baby names!

Here are some of the top baby names in New Brunswick over the past few decades; I’d love to know whether your child’s name is on the list & how you picked their name.

RELATED: Nameberry’s Top Baby Name Trends for 2021

Between 2015 & 2023 some of the most popular boys & girls names in New Brunswick were also some of the most common throughout Canada and the United States, including Liam, Noah, Oliver, William, Olivia, Emma, and Charlotte.

Emma has been in the Top 20 Names in New Brunswick since 1996; Olivia first appeared in the top 20 in 1998 and stuck around, too. Liam appeared in New Brunswick’s Top 20 in 2005 and is still going strong, like his buddy Noah, who broke into the Top 20 back in 1999.

For a little trip down memory lane, the top five names in New Brunswick in 1980 were Amanda, Melissa, Jennifer, Julie, and Sarah, along with Michael, Christopher, Jason, Matthew, and David. We have more lists from the ’80s, ’90s, and early 2000s below!

New Brunswick name & birth statistics sourced via the Government of New Brunswick.

2023

Liam & Olivia tied for top spot in New Brunswick in 2023, with the province’s Vital Statistics Office registering 4,642 births between January 1, 2023 and December 15, 2023.

  1. Liam (back to 1st place, from 2nd in 2022)
  2. Olivia (up from 8th place in 2022)
  3. Theodore (up from 12th place in 2022)
  4. Emma (up from 9th place in 2022)
  5. Noah (down from 1st place in 2022)
  6. Benjamin (up from 7th place in 2022)
  7. James (up from 17th place in 2022)
  8. Charlotte (up from 19th place in 2022)
  9. Oliver (down from 6th place in 2022)
  10. William (down from 3rd place in 2022)
  11. Jacob (same as 2022)
  12. Violet (up from 18th place in 2022)

Dropped from the top 10 this year was Jack (in 4th place in 2022), Thomas (in 5th place in 2022), & Amelia (in 10th place in 2022).

For comparison, in Nova Scotia, the most popular name in 2023 was Henry – which has been dropping in popularity in New Brunswick the last few years, not even making the top 12 in 2023. New Brunswick’s top name, Liam, was in 8th place in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotians also liked the name Theodore in 2023, with it coming in 2nd place – but if you combined it with Theo, it would overtake Henry as the top name. Olivia was also popular in Nova Scotia, along with Charlotte.

A few popular Nova Scotia names that didn’t make the Top 12 in New Brunswick include Owen, Jackson, Ethan, Lucas, Bennett, Ella, and Sophia.

Fun fact: Nova Scotia began registering births in 1864, with Mary and John taking the top spots that year.

2022

There were 6,187 babies born in New Brunswick in 2022, according to the provincial government. The top given names were:

  1. Noah (up from 6th place in 2021)
  2. Liam (down from 1st place in 2021)
  3. William ( down from 2nd place in 2021)
  4. Jack (up from 15th place in 2021)
  5. Thomas (up from 9th place in 2021)
  6. Oliver (down from 4th place in 2021)
  7. Benjamin (down from 5th place in 2021)
  8. Olivia (up from 12th place in 2021)
  9. Emma (up from 28th place in 2021)
  10. Amelia (dropped out of the top in 2021, but had been 2nd for girls in 2020)
  11. Jacob (up from 13th place in 2021)
  12. Theodore (up from 17th place in 2021)
  13. Owen (down from 7th place in 2021)
  14. Henry (dropped from 11th place in 2021)
  15. Logan (up from 19th place in 2021)
  16. Levi (down from 8th place in 2021)
  17. James (down from 16th place in 2021)
  18. Violet (dropped out of the top in 2021, was 5th place for girls in 2020)
  19. Charlotte (dropped from 3rd in 2021)
  20. Hudson (dropped from 14th in 2021)

For comparison, the top Nova Scotia baby names in 2022 were:

  1. Oliver
  2. Jack
  3. Charlotte
  4. Violet
  5. William
  6. Emma
  7. Owen
  8. Olivia
  9. Henry
  10. Noah
  11. Theodore
  12. Amelia
  13. Ellie
  14. Levi
  15. Grayson
  16. Liam
  17. Beau
  18. Harper
  19. Sadie
  20. Jackson
  21. Theo
  22. Thomas

There were 6,828 births in Nova Scotia in 2022, which has been registering births since 1864, when the most popular names were Mary and John.

2021 

There were 6,443 babies born in New Brunswick in 2021. The top names given were:

  1. Liam
  2. William
  3. Charlotte
  4. Oliver
  5. Benjamin
  6. Noah
  7. Owen
  8. Levi
  9. Thomas
  10. Jackson
  11. Henry
  12. Olivia
  13. Jacob
  14. Hudson
  15. Jack
  16. James
  17. Theodore
  18. Sophia
  19. Logan
  20. Ellie
  21. Gabriel
  22. Paisley
  23. Lincoln
  24. Eli
  25. Sophie
  26. Willow
  27. Isla
  28. Emma
  29. Ella
  30. Abigail
  31. Lucas
  32. Jaxon

2020

There were 5,403 babies born in New Brunswick in 2020; 2,579 girls and 2,824 boys.

Top Girls Names for 2020

  1. Olivia
  2. Amelia
  3. Emma
  4. Charlotte
  5. Violet
  6. Ella
  7. Scarlett
  8. Ellie
  9. Ava
  10. Sophie
  11. Mia

Top Boys Names for 2020

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Jack
  4. Jackson
  5. Benjamin
  6. Lincoln
  7. William
  8. Oliver
  9. Thomas
  10. Jacob

2019

There were 5,355 babies born in New Brunswick in 2019; 2,603 girls and 2,752 boys.

Top Girls Names for 2019

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Charlotte
  4. Amelia
  5. Ava
  6. Evelyn
  7. Chloe
  8. Scarlett
  9. Violet
  10. Sophia
  11. Emily
  12. Madison

Top Boys Names for 2019

  1. William
  2. Liam
  3. Noah
  4. Logan
  5. Benjamin
  6. Jacob
  7. Jack
  8. Thomas
  9. Owen
  10. Lucas
  11. Oliver
  12. Jackson

2018

There were 5,448 babies born in New Brunswick in 2018; 2,636 girls and 2,812 boys. The top name spot was a close competition for the girls: it was basically a tie between Emma & Olivia for top spot!

Top Girls Names for 2018

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Charlotte
  4. Amelia
  5. Avery
  6. Everly
  7. Abigail
  8. Zoé
  9. Ellie
  10. Audrey
  11. Sophia
  12. Ava
  13. Lily
  14. Emily
  15. Jade
  16. Chloe
  17. Alice
  18. Mila
  19. Isabella
  20. Hannah

Top Boys Names for 2018

  1. William
  2. Liam
  3. Noah
  4. Oliver
  5. Jack
  6. Jacob
  7. Lucas
  8. Mason
  9. Logan
  10. Henry
  11. James
  12. Benjamin
  13. Xavier
  14. Owen
  15. Connor
  16. Félix
  17. Thomas
  18. Ethan
  19. Caleb
  20. Samuel

2017

There were 5,738 babies born in New Brunswick in 2017; 2,810 girls and 2,928 boys.

Top Girls Names for 2017

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Amelia
  4. Charlotte
  5. Sophia
  6. Madison
  7. Ella
  8. Elizabeth
  9. Willow
  10. Audrey
  11. Claire
  12. Sophie
  13. Lily
  14. Isabelle
  15. Grace
  16. Alexa
  17. Abigail
  18. Scarlett
  19. Ellie
  20. Violet

Top Boys Names for 2017

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Benjamin
  4. William
  5. Logan
  6. Jack
  7. Lucas
  8. Oliver
  9. Thomas
  10. Samuel
  11. Mason
  12. Wyatt
  13. James
  14. Lincoln
  15. Owen
  16. Xavier
  17. Jacob
  18. Jake
  19. Grayson
  20. Ethan

2016

There were 6,015 babies born in New Brunswick in 2016: 2,972 girls and 3,043 boys.

Top Girls Names for 2016

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Charlotte
  4. Sophia
  5. Ellie
  6. Mia
  7. Evelyn
  8. Anna
  9. Amelia
  10. Lily
  11. Hailey
  12. Abigail
  13. Madison
  14. Grace
  15. Ava
  16. Audrey
  17. Sophie
  18. Zoey
  19. Sadie
  20. Peyton

Top Boys Names for 2016

  1. Liam
  2. Jacob
  3. William
  4. Thomas
  5. Noah
  6. Benjamin
  7. Samuel
  8. Jack
  9. Owen
  10. Mason
  11. Jaxon
  12. Xavier
  13. Caleb
  14. Oliver
  15. Lincoln
  16. Olivier
  17. Lucas
  18. Isaac
  19. Jackson
  20. James

We’ve found some older lists of the top names for New Brunswick, dating back to the 1980s. Check it out & don’t forget to let us know in the comments how you chose your name for your children!

NEW BRUNSWICK’S MOST POPULAR BOYS NAMES IN 2010

  1. Jacob
  2. Noah
  3. Liam
  4. William
  5. Samuel
  6. Owen
  7. Logan
  8. Nathan
  9. Jack
  10. Ethan
  11. Benjamin
  12. Isaac
  13. Caleb
  14. Xavier
  15. Carter
  16. Alexander
  17. Alexandre
  18. Lucas
  19. Gabriel
  20. Hunter
  21. Dylan
  22. Riley

NEW BRUNSWICK’S MOST POPULAR GIRLS NAMES IN 2010

  1. Emma
  2. Ava
  3. Sophie
  4. Olivia
  5. Chloe
  6. Emily
  7. Sophia
  8. Ella
  9. Abigail
  10. Isabella
  11. Lily
  12. Madison
  13. Isabelle
  14. Mia
  15. Leah
  16. Brooklyn
  17. Zoé
  18. Grace
  19. Mya
  20. Lauren
  21. Claire

NEW BRUNSWICK’S MOST POPULAR BOYS NAMES IN 2000

  1. Jacob
  2. Joshua
  3. Samuel
  4. Brandon
  5. Nicholas
  6. Benjamin
  7. Matthew
  8. Ryan
  9. Dylan
  10. Zachary
  11. Alexander
  12. Tyler
  13. Noah
  14. Justin
  15. Michael
  16. Cameron
  17. Kyle
  18. Austin
  19. Ethan
  20. Christopher

NEW BRUNSWICK’S MOST POPULAR GIRLS NAMES IN 2000

  1. Emily
  2. Emma
  3. Madison
  4. Sarah
  5. Hannah
  6. Olivia
  7. Taylor
  8. Ashley
  9. Jessica
  10. Lauren
  11. Megan
  12. Mackenzie
  13. Jenna
  14. Samantha
  15. Abigail
  16. Kayla
  17. Gabrielle
  18. Sophie
  19. Kaitlyn
  20. Rachel

NEW BRUNSWICK’S MOST POPULAR BOYS NAMES IN 1990

  1. Matthew
  2. Justin
  3. Christopher
  4. Michael
  5. Joshua
  6. Ryan
  7. Andrew
  8. Nicholas
  9. Joseph
  10. Jordan
  11. Kyle
  12. Jonathan
  13. Daniel
  14. Brandon
  15. Patrick
  16. Mathieu
  17. David
  18. Jason
  19. Eric
  20. Adam
  21. James

NEW BRUNSWICK’S MOST POPULAR GIRLS NAMES IN 1990

  1. Jessica
  2. Samantha
  3. Amanda
  4. Sarah
  5. Ashley
  6. Kayla
  7. Stephanie
  8. Brittany
  9. Vanessa
  10. Melissa
  11. Emily
  12. Rebecca
  13. Jennifer
  14. Marie
  15. Julie
  16. Megan
  17. Laura
  18. Katelyn
  19. Courtney
  20. Danielle
  21. Christine

NEW BRUNSWICK’S MOST POPULAR BOYS NAMES IN 1980

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Jason
  4. Matthew
  5. David
  6. Andrew
  7. Daniel
  8. Joseph
  9. Robert
  10. Eric
  11. Marc
  12. Adam
  13. Mark
  14. Ryan
  15. Scott
  16. Kevin
  17. Justin
  18. Brian
  19. James
  20. Nicholas

NEW BRUNSWICK’S MOST POPULAR GIRLS NAMES IN 1980

  1. Amanda
  2. Melissa
  3. Jennifer
  4. Julie
  5. Sarah
  6. Lisa
  7. Amy
  8. Melanie
  9. Marie
  10. Michelle
  11. Angela
  12. Stephanie
  13. Tanya
  14. Erin
  15. Christine
  16. Heather
  17. Nicole
  18. Annie
  19. Cindy
  20. Sylvie

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