Alberta just released all the baby names from last year and some are so bizarre
The province's yearly baby name list sees dozens of residents take to social media to compare notes on the new releases. Reminiscing about highlights in the past such as "Diesel-Blaze" and "Optimus Prime" is also highly encouraged.
On Alberta Baby Name Day I always wonder how little Diesel-Blaze is doing. Was on the list 2006ish. Trust he is raising hell someplace, full of pyrotechnic teenage angst https://t.co/WgQ7KSlExz— Jeremy Klaszus (@klaszus) June 22, 2020
As you might expect, most of the popular names for babies in Alberta are still fairly traditional; for male babies, for example, Noah, Liam, Oliver, Ethan, Jack and William continue to lead the way.
For female babies, the names Olivia, Charlotte, Sophia, Emma, Ava and Amelia are at the top of the charts.
Noah was the most popular boy’s name in Alberta in 2019, while Olivia claimed the top spot for girls.— Alberta Government (@YourAlberta) June 22, 2020
More top boy names:
More top girl names:
For more baby names: https://t.co/THGuXtu0uh pic.twitter.com/fVF7gSSRDU
Some Alberta parents, however, stepped up to the challenge last year and came up with some truly creative names.
Game of Thrones enthusiasts will be happy to know that Arya, Daenarys, Sansa, Catelyn and Jorah made the list. Three Albertans were also named Khaleesi in 2019.
Presumably, there are also plenty of Avengers fans in the province, because Thor, Loki, Quill and Jarvis also made the cut.
Other Alberta parents decided to really spice things up last year by going with names like Sage, Rosemary, Pepper and Basil.
3 Basils. 1 Thyme. 4 Rosemary. 2 Pepper.— Dave Breakenridge (@BreakenridgeYEG) June 22, 2020
Fox, Wolf, Bear, Lion and Tiger were included in the list, as were Chevy, Ford, Benz, Mercedes, Lexus and Royce.
Winter, Summer and Autumn all made the list as well. "Spring" was notably absent, although one person did name their child Snow, which is perhaps more reflective of Alberta's weather.
8 Winters. 26 Summers. 42 Autumns. No Springs. Is that just because spring doesn't actually exist in Alberta?— Dave Breakenridge (@BreakenridgeYEG) June 22, 2020
Some Alberta residents also named their babies "Baby," which, admittedly, is a pretty spot-on description.
Alberta residents also came up with a variety of unique spellings for names such as Jackson, including "Jacson," "Jaxxon," "Jaxen" and "Jaksen."
I love Alberta baby name list day because when I check the Paige total I get to see all the Paisley varietals.— Paige Parsons (@paigeeparsons) June 22, 2020
Very jealous that Paizley-Jean got all the cool letters AND gets to go by PJ https://t.co/tmIzuVvW4b pic.twitter.com/kLaXXhDZPF
Other memorable names on the baby names list include:
All of that said, it's worth noting that a lot of Canadians' concept of "normal" or "popular" names (e.g. Noah, Emma) are based on Euro-centric traditions, so some of the names on the list that seem unusual may be common in the Indigenous community.
It's also worth noting that parents should name their children whatever makes them happy (within reason), so if you named your baby Daenarys this year, then — as they say in Dothraki — athdavrazar.
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