The Bible, gemstones and comics: Alberta baby names have unusual sources

EDMONTON — There will still be plenty of Olivias, Emmas, Liams and Noahs when babies born in Alberta last year start kindergarten.

But some boys and girls will sport names inspired by the Bible, Marvel comics, gemstones and even outer space.

Some of the more unusual names parents chose in 2018 include Genesis, Exodus, Loki, Thanos, Diamond, Sapphire, Galaxy, Jupiter and Moon.

Olivia was the top girls name for the fifth year in a row, while Liam made it back to No. 1 spot for boys after falling to second in 2017.

Harper, Elizabeth and James cracked the Top 10 for the first time in decades.

The government says 50,104 babies were born in Alberta in 2018 — and boys held the edge over girls by 1,330.

The province says more expectant parents than ever before chose a midwife. Almost 3,600 parents received midwifery services — up from 2,400 three years ago.

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