NB's Vital Statistics Office releases birth figures & common names for 2016

The province's Vital Statistics Office says more than 6,000 bundles of joy were born in New Brunswick in 2016.

Preliminary numbers indicate the births include 3,043 males and 2,972 females.

983 different names were given to boys with 1,227 different names given to girls.

Emma was one of the most common names for girls this year while Jackson and its many variations was a popular choice for boys.

Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty says the government has pledged to make New Brunswick the best place to raise a family and that a youthful and vibrant population helps build a stronger province and a stronger economy.

Most common names for boys:  Liam, Jacob, William, Thomas, Noah, Benjamin, Samuel, Jack, Owen, Mason, Jaxon, Xavier, Caleb, Oliver, Lincoln, Olivier, Lucas, Isaac, Jackson, James, Chase, Carter, Logan, Jaxson, Hunter, Simon, Grayson, Alexander, Ethan, Maxime, Nathan, Wyatt, Jayden, Dominic, Emmett, Ryker, Henry and Cohen.

Most common names for girls:  Emma, Olivia, Charlotte, Sophia, Ellie, Mia, Evelyn, Anna, Amelia, Lily, Hailey, Abigail, Madison, Grace, Ava, Audrey, Sophie, Zoey, Sadie, Peyton, Annabelle, Claire, Addison, Scarlett, Leah, Emily, Violet, Avery, Rosalie, Lauren, Ella, Alexa, Alice, Lillian, Hannah, Brooklyn, Charlie and Lydia.