VICTORIA, B.C. – Many families in B.C. are apparently a fan of the name Olivia as it was once again the most popular name for babies born this year in the province.

Olivia is followed by Liam, Noah, Jack, Emma, Benjamin, Theodore, Oliver and Charlotte, according to the Vital Statistics Agency’s preliminary figures from January 1st to December 15th, 2021.

According to the agency’s figures, in 2020, Olivia was followed by Liam, Oliver, Noah, Lucas, Emma, Theodore, Benjamin, Ethan, and Charlotte.

The Ministry of Health says only names that occur five or more times are listed.

From January 1st to December 15th, 2021, 40,333 babies were born in B.C., and 42,413 babies were born in 2020.