The most popular baby names of 2018 in British Columbia are out

The most popular names for babies born in B.C. are out. Liam tops the names for boys and Olivia is the #1 choice for girls.

Olivia has been the most popular girls' name in this province for 6 out of 7 years.  That is followed by Emma, Amelia, Charlotte, Chloe, Ava, Sophia, Isla, Emily and Hannah. Isla is a new addition to the list.

Liam overtakes Benjamin as the top name of the year for boys, followed by Lucas, Oliver, Benjamin, Ethan, Noah, Logan, William, James and Leo  -- Leo is a new addition to this year's list.

Vital Statistics has released preliminary birth numbers for 2018 -- that is the babies born between January 1st and December 18th. Up until then 40,565 babies had been born in this province; of those, 19,821 were girls and 20,744 were boys.

There were over 4,000 more babies born  in 2017 (44,694 ) just under 2,000 more girls ( 21,727) an d just over 2,000 more boys (22,967 boys).

To see the full list of the most popular baby names in B.C. for 2017, visit:

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