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Noah is back on top and no one can knock Olivia from her perch


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From the Province of Alberta

Noah and Olivia most popular baby names in 2019

Noah was the most popular name for baby boys in Alberta in 2019, while Olivia continued to claim the top spot for baby girls.

Alberta families welcomed 51,598 babies in 2019 – 26,328 boys and 25,270 girls. Noah returned as the most popular boy’s name for the second time in three years, previously topping the list in 2017. For the sixth year in a row, Olivia was the most popular girl’s name.

Other popular names for boys were Liam, Oliver, Ethan and Jack, while Charlotte, Sophia, Emma and Ava rounded out the top five names for girls.

“One of the most memorable moments for me as a new father was when my wife and I chose the name for our son last fall. Choosing a name for your child is fun and exciting. I want to congratulate all new parents in Alberta and reassure them, as well as Albertans expecting a child in the near future, that we are working every day to make sure your children have a great future in a strong Alberta.”

Nate Glubish, Minister of Service Alberta

Of the 13,718 different names recorded in 2019, some Alberta parents seem to have been inspired by popular culture, such as Game of Thrones (Khaleesi, Sansa, Brienne), Lord of the Rings (Arwen, Eowyn, Theoden), and Marvel comics (Loki, Rogue, Xavier-Charles).

Some Alberta parents also selected names referencing Greek (Artemis, Apollo, Persephone, Zeus) and Roman (Juno, Mars, Venus, Neptune) mythology, while others chose names referring to geographic locations (Arizona, Memphis, Salem, Jerusalem).

Quick facts

  • Notable changes to the 2019 lists:
    • Hannah reappeared on the Top 10 girls’ names list for the first time since 2014.
    • Logan dropped to 12th place on the boys’ names list after appearing in the top five in 2017 and 2018.
    • Harper dropped to 16th place on the girls’ names list after placing seventh in 2018.
  • The highest annual birth count in Alberta remains 56,744, which was recorded in 2015.
  • Parents have up to one year to register their child’s birth. As a result, the 2019 list of baby names and birth statistics may change slightly.

Alberta’s top baby boy names

(In brackets is the number of children with each name)

PlaceBoy Names (2019)Boy Names (2018)Boy Names (2017)Boy Names (2016)
1Noah (275)Liam (225)Noah (250)Liam (277)
2Liam (234)Oliver (212)Liam (244)Benjamin (252)
3Oliver (225)Noah (199)Benjamin (229)Lucas (247)
4Ethan (213)Ethan (188)Logan (226)Oliver (230)
5Jack (198)Logan (182)

Lucas (182)

Lucas (216)Noah (228)
6William (185)Jacob (181)William (213)William (213)
7Lucas (174)William (178)Ethan (192)Ethan (205)
8Owen (167)Benjamin (176)Oliver (190)Jack (197)
9Benjamin (163)Jack (167)Jack (189)Lincoln (192)
10Jacob (162)Alexander (158)

James (158)

Jacob (178)Owen (189)

Alberta’s top baby girl names

(In brackets is the number of children with each name)

PlaceGirl Names (2019)Girl Names (2018)Girl Names (2017)Girl Names (2016)
1Olivia (229)Olivia (235)Olivia (236)Olivia (292)
2Charlotte (188)Emma (230)Emma (215)Emma (249)
3Sophia (181)Charlotte (175)Charlotte (187)Sophia (215)
4Emma (178)Emily (164)Ava (184)

Sophia (184)

Ava (207)
5Ava (161)Ava (161)Emily (159)Emily (187)
6Amelia (159)Abigail (153)Abigail (154)Charlotte (180)
7Emily (150)Harper (150)Amelia (149)Amelia (172)
8Abigail (141)Sophia (146)Isabella (141)Abigail (171)
9Hannah (137)Amelia (145)Aria (129)

Chloe (129)

Chloe (166)
10Elizabeth (124)Elizabeth (130)Lily (127)Aria (137)


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Stars beat Blues to draw Flames, St. Louis to face Canucks

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EDMONTON — Joe Pavelski tied it with 31.4 seconds left in the third period, Anton Khudobin stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in round-robin play Sunday to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.

After Denis Gurianov scored the only goal of the shootout, Dallas will face the Calgary Flames in the first round of the playoffs. The Stars have some momentum going into that best-of-seven series after picking up their first win of any kind since Feb. 25.

“This game kind of re-established our game and got us back to an understanding of what it takes,” Pavelski said. “Relief? No. Confidence a little bit, and we’ll keep moving forward.”

Defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis went winless in the round robin and will next face the Vancouver Canucks. The Blues dropped from first in the West when the NHL season was halted in March to the conference’s fourth seed.

“We definitely didn’t play our best in these three games, but I think we’ve progressively gotten better,” said goaltender Jake Allen, who stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced in his first action of the NHL’s restart. “(The Canucks are) a great team. They’re fast, they’re young, they’re skilled and it’s going to be a challenge for us.”

Khudobin made 12 saves in regulation and overtime for the Stars, who were without top centre Tyler Seguin and starting goaltender Ben Bishop. The team said they were “unfit to play,” and coach Rick Bowenss termed them “day to day.”

Jordan Binnington did not dress, though Blues coach Craig Berube said last year’s Cup-winning goalie is healthy. Robert Thomas scored on the first shot of the game, and St. Louis didn’t have another goal the rest of the way.

The Blues scored first in all three games, but couldn’t hold any lead.

“We’ve shown and we’re confident that when we play our game and play the way we want to, we’re a tough team to beat,” Thomas said. “It’s obviously a little bit disappointing, but for us it was about finding our game and we started finding it today.”

The two teams that played in the 2019 Cup Final, the Blues and Boston Bruins, each went 0-3 in round-robin play to go from first to fourth.

“They’re a defending Stanley Cup champion, had a good regular season,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said of the Blues. “Is the mental edge there for them yet, or is it because they’re a bigger, heavier team it takes them a while to sort of wear teams down?”

NOTES: Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko returned after missing their previous game for precautionary reasons. … Coach Craig Berube said injured forward Sammy Blais would be evaluated Monday. … Veteran Troy Brouwer remained in the lineup for St. Louis.


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Team says technical issues from ‘unprecedented demand’ left Oilers raffle in limbo

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers’ record-setting online 50/50 raffle from Friday with a total estimated pot of more than $15 million remained in limbo on Saturday as officials attempted to sort out technical problems that the team’s management says were a result of “unprecedented demand.”

In a website post, the Oilers Entertainment Group says its technology provider’s servers were overwhelmed with requests to purchase tickets.

At certain points, it says demand for tickets exceeded $100,000 per minute, causing slow loading times, geolocation errors and duplication of some orders.

It says it’s trying to resolve customers issues and is in communication with the province’s gaming regulator, but that dealing with the issues “led to a delay in picking the winning number.”

Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis says in an email that it has been monitoring the situation and asks for the public to be patient with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation as they address the issues.

Late Friday the foundation announced the 50/50 was closed in order to process transactions in the queue.

“The integrity of the draw is intact. We apologize for the inconvenience, and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation will post the winner as soon as possible at,” the update on the team’s website on Saturday stated.

Friday’s record broke a previous one that was set by another draw Wednesday. That draw had to close early when the server provider reached maximum allowable ticket sales.

Officials had said the provider had increased its capacity by 2.5 times for Friday night’s draw, but many people reported on social media that they were having trouble getting through to buy tickets.

Half of the pot raised from the raffles go to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, which supports organizations focused on vulnerable populations in downtown Edmonton and youth sports throughout northern Alberta.

The Oilers were eliminated from the playoffs Friday when they lost Game 4 of their best-of-five series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 8, 2020.

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