Quebec's 2011 Names
I just saw that Quebec has posted its 2011 name rankings. The data are collected based on the names indicated by the parents on applications for child assistance payment. Unlike the US listings, this list includes every name given to at least one child, so there are quite a few noteworthy ones that show up, particularly in the double-barrelled selections! There are 17,142 entries in total.
Quebec has a very interesting mix of names due to the preponderance of French, along with a variety of distinct ethnic groups. Here is a very very small sample of the more out-there names. I've mostly left out names that are interesting in English but that have clear cultural origins. There are so many great entries but I can't possibly read them all tonight. I recommend glancing through the full list, but if you are not inclined to do that, the beginning is very interesting, too, because it shows that even though Quebec borders the US, there are some similarities and a lot of differences when it comes to baby naming.
- Divine Avandra
- Wincy Faith
- Zully Elvira
- Zephaniah Sarina
- Hantz Wesbert
- Etua Aniikkaalik
- Ferwin Clarence
- Kirsten Johnny
- Vanexcel (missing a hyphen or space?)
- A whole lotta boys with Jr or Junior written as part of the given name
- and my personal favourite: Condoleezza-Chanel
Fri, 04/27/2012 - 2:30am