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Top 10 names for babies in Alberta in 2017

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  • From The Province of Alberta

    Noah and Olivia top baby names in 2017

    Noah has unseated Liam to claim the top name among baby boys in Alberta, while Olivia claims the top spot on the girls’ list for the fourth year in a row.

    In 2017, Alberta welcomed 53,539 babies into the world – 27,599 boys, and 25,835 girls. Emma, Charlotte, Ava and Sophia remain popular choices for girls’ names, while Liam, Benjamin, Logan and Lucas round out the top five names for boys.

    “Congratulations to all the parents who welcomed children in 2017. What I hear from Albertans is that as these children grow up, it’s so important that they have our constant support. From affordable child care and enhanced child and family benefits to school nutrition programs and lower school fees, we are making practical changes to help families and children thrive.”

    Brian Malkinson, Minister of Service Alberta

    In 2017, Service Alberta recorded 13,899 different baby names, with many reflecting names of characters found in popular movies and television shows, such as Tyrion, Daenerys, Kylo, Leia, Thor, Katniss and Eleven.

    Some names appeared to reference mythology and literature, including Zeus, Persephone, Tolkien, Odyssey and Beowulf, while others seemed to be inspired by traits or feelings such as Charisma, Fancy, Liberty and Happiness.

    Albertans can look up more than 95,000 names dating back to 1980 through the Alberta Baby Names App, available to download for free on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

    Baby names statistics are recorded by the Vital Statistics branch of Service Alberta, and are based on the registration and notice of birth information. A complete list of names is available on the Open Government Portal.

    • Some notable changes in 2017 include:
      • With its top placement, Noah ends the four-year streak of Olivia as the top overall baby name in the province.
        It also ends the seven-year streak of Liam as the top boys’ name.
      • There are 12 names on the girls’ Top 10 list, as there were two sets of ties noted. Ava and Sophia tied for fourth place, while Aria and Chloe tied for ninth place.
      • 2017 topped 2016 for number of original names registered (13,899 compared to 13,782 last year).
    • 2015 continues to be the record-holding year in Alberta for number of babies born (56,744) and number of original baby names registered (13,965).

    Alberta’s top baby boy names

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

    Place Boy Names (2017) Boy Names (2016 Boy Names (2015)
    1 Noah (250) Liam (277) Liam (301)
    2 Liam (244) Benjamin (252) Noah (256)
    3 Benjamin (229) Lucas (247) Ethan (233)
    4 Logan (226) Oliver (230) Benjamin (221)
    5 Lucas (216) Noah (228) Lucas (218)
    6 William (213) William (213) William (217)
    7 Ethan (192) Ethan (205) Oliver (209)
    8 Oliver (190) Jack (197) Mason (203)
    9 Jack (189) Lincoln (192) Logan (196)
    10 Jacob (178) Owen (189) Alexander (193)

    Alberta’s top baby girl names

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

    Place Girl Names (2017) Girl Names (2016) Girl Names (2015)
    1 Olivia (236) Olivia (292) Olivia (293)
    2 Emma (215) Emma (249) Emma (275)
    3 Charlotte (187) Sophia (215) Emily (252)
    4 Ava (184)

    Sophia (184)

    Ava (207) Sophia (205)
    5 Emily (159) Emily (187) Ava (201)
    6 Abigail (154) Charlotte (180) Chloe (179)
    7 Amelia (149) Amelia (172) Ella (167); Abigail (167)
    8 Isabella (141) Abigail (171) Avery (155)
    9 Aria (129)

    Chloe (129)

    Chloe (166) Amelia (142)
    10 Lily (127) Aria (137) Charlotte (141)Top


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    Advanced polls are open and voting is underway!

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  • From the Government of Alberta

    Alberta’s Chief Electoral Officer, Glen Resler, confirms that advance polls are now open.  Advance poll locations are available throughout the province from Tuesday, April 9 to Saturday, April 13.

    Advance poll locations are available to all eligible electors and for the first time are providing a ‘Vote Anywhere’ service, whereby electors can receive the ballot for their electoral divisions, at any location.

    Information about the locations and their hours of operations can be found on Where to Vote cards mailed to electors, in local newspapers and on www.elections.ab.ca.

    Eligible electors are Canadian citizens who reside in Alberta and are at least 18 years of age or older on Election Day.

    To be added to the list of electors, an elector may register at an advance poll or on Election Day by providing authorized identification containing their name and residential address.  A list of authorized identification is on our website: https://www.elections.ab.ca/wp-content/uploads/Authorized-Identification-Poster.pdf

    The ‘Vote Anywhere’ service is only available at the advance polls.  Electors voting on Election Day, must vote at their assigned voting location.  Election Day is Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

    For more information about the provincial general election visit www.elections.ab.ca, call toll free at 1-877-422-VOTE (8683) open weekdays from 8:15 am to 8:00 pm and weekends from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and on voting days from 8:15 am to 8:00 pm, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

    Elections Alberta is an independent non-partisan office of the Legislative Assembly responsible for administering provincial elections, by-elections and referenda.


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    RCMP officer shoots man near Eckville. ASIRT investigating

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  • From Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT)

    Investigation continues into RCMP officer-involved shooting

    On April 6, 2019, at approximately 8:15 a.m., RCMP were advised of an Eckville, Alberta location where stolen oilfield property might be found.

    An RCMP officer responded to the reported location at the rear of a strip of businesses on the north side of Eckville.

    The officer found four vehicles at the location. As the officer was checking the vehicles, he located a man who appeared to be sleeping in a Ford F250 truck and made cursory observations of the interior of the vehicle. The officer returned to his police vehicle and checked the licence plate number, which came back registered to a different vehicle. The officer requested assistance to his location, placed a spike belt and returned to his police vehicle to await assistance.

    While the officer was waiting for assistance, a confrontation occurred that resulted in the officer discharging his service pistol.

    The man sustained a single gunshot wound that resulted in serious, but not life-threatening injuries. He was treated on scene by EMS, transported to hospital and admitted. He remains in hospital.

    The Ford F250 was determined to have been stolen approximately 5 days earlier from Saskatoon and the licence plate was also determined to have been stolen.

    With the investigation underway, ASIRT will not make any further comment until the matter is concluded.


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