Noah Ark returns to top BC baby name list for first time since 2007, stealing Olivia

Children’s backpacks and shoes seen at a day care franchise in Langley, British Columbia, May 29, 2018. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

The British Columbia Department of Health said: Noah is poised to become the most popular baby name in the state this year, replacing longtime favorite Olivia, who topped last year’s list.

According to preliminary data released today by the state’s Vital Statistics Bureau, Noah Followed by Olivia, Oliver, Liam and Theodore.

The top 10 rounds out with Jack, Emma, ‚Äč‚ÄčLucas, Leo and Sophia, according to the agency.

According to previous data, Olivia has held the top spot for eight of the last ten years, surpassed only by Emma in 2015 and Liam in 2018. Noah It last topped the list in 2007.

Final figures for 2022 are not available, but in 2021 there will be 238 Olivia, 229 Liam and 223 Noah born in BC.

Between January 1 and December 8, 2022, 37,801 babies were born in B.C., compared to 44,073 last year overall, according to the agency.

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