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  • December 20, 2017

In Cambridge, Benjamin for Boys, and Emma and Violet for Girls, are the Most Popular Baby Names

Ontario Making It Easier to Register Newborn Baby Names Online, says Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge.

In Cambridge, Benjamin is the most popular baby name for boys -- just like across the rest of Ontario.

But Cambridge parents pick Emma and Violet most often for baby girls, compared to the top choice province wide of Olivia.

“It’s fascinating to see what are the most popular baby names in Cambridge – and across Ontario --  but I know life as new parent can be overwhelming,” said Kathryn McGarry, a nurse and MPP for Cambridge.

“ServiceOntario is making it easier for new parents to access the services they need, through the 4-in-1 Bundle. Parents can register their newborns quickly, securely and easily so that they can get back to what’s important – caring for their newborns.”

Benjamin and Olivia are the most popular names for boys and girls born in Ontario. Liam slipped to second place after holding the top spot for boys' names for five years running, while Olivia remains the most popular baby girls' name in Ontario since 2008.

  Top girls names are:

  Top boys names are:

  1. Olivia                                            
  2. Emma
  3. Charlotte
  4. Ava
  5. Sophia
  1. Benjamin
  2. Liam
  3. Noah
  4. Ethan
  5. Lucas

Here’s a breakdown of most popular baby names locally: 

City of Cambridge, top baby boy names:

1.         Benjamin                                                                              

2.         Ethan / Lucas (tie)                                                                      

3.         Colton                                                                                  

City of Cambridge, top baby girl names:

1.         Emma / Violet                                                                       

2.         Zoey                                                                                                                     

City of Kitchener, top baby boy names:

1.         Lucas                                                                                  

2.         Oliver                                                                                   

3.         Noah                                                                                   

4.         Lincoln / Logan                                                                    

5.         Benjamin / William                                                               

City of Kitchener, top baby girl names:

1.         Olivia                                                                                   

2.         Emma                                                                                 

3.         Ava / Charlotte                                                                      

4.         Abigail / Amelia / Evelyn                                                  

5.         Grace / Hannah / Scarlett / Violet 

City of Waterloo, top baby boy names:

1.         William                                                                                

2.         Daniel                                                                                  

3.         Benjamin                                                                              

4.         Ethan / Jacob / James / Ryan 

City of Waterloo, top baby girl names:

1.         Olivia                                                                                   

2.         Abigail / Emma                                                                                

Southwestern Ontario, top baby boy names:

1.         Benjamin                          

2.         Noah                                

3.         Lucas                               

4.         Oliver                               

5.         William                          

Southwestern Ontario, top baby boy names:

1.         Emma                              

2.         Olivia                                

3.         Charlotte                          

4.         Ava

5.         Abigail

After naming their newborns, parents have up to 30 days to register their child's birth. 

ServiceOntario's easy-to-use online 4-in-1 Newborn Bundle tops the list of best ways 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 and child benefits.

Delivering real benefits that will help people in their everyday lives is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


  • Lincoln makes it in the top 20 for the first time in history of Ontario baby names.
  • Since the television series “The Crown” launched, Ontario top baby names have seen a royal increase, with an increase in Elizabeths, Margarets and Winstons.
  • ServiceOntario’s 4-in-1 Newborn Bundle was the first of its kind in Canada when it launched in 2007. Since then, more than 1.2 million newborns have been registered in Ontario using the service.

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