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If you’re looking for a baby name as unique as your precious little bundle of joy, you should check out the BC’s newly released list — and steer clear of anything on it.

With 2023 just hours away, many of the popular New Year’s Eve wrap-ups and traditions are well underway.

One of these provincial favourites is the annual list of most popular baby names born for the year in British Columbia.

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And it has been released for 2022!

The data, collected by the Vital Statistics Agency preliminary figures, was collected from January 1st to December 8th 2022.

The top name for 2022 was Noah, beating out Olivia which took the top spot for the last several years.

Noah is followed by Olivia, Oliver, Liam, Theodore, Jack, Emma, Lucas, Leo and Sofia, according to the Vital Statistics Agency’s preliminary figures for 2022.

To celebrate the new beginnings of a new year, many people have also joined BCLC in guessing which hospital in BC the first baby will be born!

Last year, Victoria General Hospital welcomed the first baby of the year, a 6-pound, 6-ounce baby boy at 12:04 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Now back to baby names.

In 2021, the top names for babies born in BC were Olivia, Liam, Noah, Emma, Jack, Theodore, Benjamin, Charlotte, Oliver and Ava.

Only names that occur five or more times are listed.

This year,  the number of babies born were down with 37,801 being delivered between January 1st to December 8th. 2021 saw 44,073 babies born in the province.

Click here to see the list of popular baby names in BC for previous years.

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