Friday, January 21, 2011

The GTA’s top baby names by postal code

Here is an interesting article by Jayme Poisson in today's Toronto Star about the top baby names in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

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If you live in Parkdale, chances are good you know a child named Tenzin, whether it’s a boy or a girl.

In the 905, Ethan pops up in clusters. York, Durham and Peel have taken to Ava and Olivia. In older parts of Toronto, there are more Alexander and Williams being brought into the world.

Expectant parents in the GTA can now search for the top five baby names in their postal bracket, thanks to OpenFile’s Patrick Cain, who took the province’s crunched down birth data between 2005 and 2009 and plotted it on an interactive map.

Gurleen, which has Punjabi origin, came out on top in three neighbourhoods in Brampton. Muhammads are most popular in the east end of the city, and into Markham and Mississauga.

Popular baby names in the GTA between 2005 and 2009 are:

Girls:
  1. Ava
  2. Chloe
  3. Emily
  4. Emma
  5. Fatima
  6. Gurleen
  7. Isabella
  8. Olivia
  9. Sarah
  10. Tenzin
  11. Victoria

Boys:
  1. Alexander
  2. Benjamin
  3. Daniel
  4. Ethan
  5. Joshua
  6. Liam
  7. Matthew
  8. Muhammad-Mohamed
  9. Noah
  10. Ryan
  11. William
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Here are the results when I searched the postal code of my 'hood:

Girls:
  1. Sophia
  2. Olivia
  3. Emma
  4. Isabella

Boys:
  1. William
  2. Nathan
  3. Lucas
  4. Gabriel
  5. Samuel

7 comments:

lovesmukiwa said...

That is so interesting! I love it.

myletterstoemily said...

names are so innovative and intimate. my
girls recently shared all their favorite baby
names. i wanted to say, "are you kidding
me?" these kids have to live with those
names. :)

Sarah said...

This is interesting! My name is popular!

Jules said...

I have never even heard of some of those names....we're pretty plain with the names around here.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Very Very Interesting!

Isabel said...

That is interesting. I what names are popular in my area.

Teresa said...

Interesting! Tenzin really!