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Which Female Names Are Most Common in Canada?

Which Female Names Are Most Common In Canada

November 30, 2023

Today, we’re analyzing Canadian household data to determine which female names are most popular in Canada.  

The winners are: Jennifer, Mary, Sarah, Nicole, Jessica, Linda, and Michelle. Now lets understand the stories behind each of these popular names.

1. Jennifer (population 304,991  /  1 out of 128 people)

Origin: Jennifer is a timeless classic with English origins. Its roots can be traced back to the Middle Ages, making it a name that has stood the test of time. Jennifer became especially popular in Canada during the mid-20th century and has maintained its popularity ever since.


2. Mary (population 261,762  /  1 out of 149 people)

Origin: Mary, a name of Hebrew origin, is widely recognized for its biblical significance. It means “wished for child” or “rebellion,” and its timeless charm has made it a beloved choice for many generations. In Canada, Mary has remained a name that resonates with both tradition and elegance.


3. Sarah (population 231,842  /  1 out of 168 people)

Origin: Another Hebrew origin, Sarah means “princess” or “noblewoman.” This name has a deep historical and cultural significance and has been a cherished name in Canada for its timeless appeal and meaning.


4. Nicole (population 230,407  /  1 out of 169 people)

Origin: Nicole has French origins and is the feminine form of Nicholas, meaning “victory of the people.” This name exudes sophistication and has been a popular choice in Canada going way back to the French settlers in the mid 1500’s.


5. Jessica (population 213,892 /  1 out of 182 people)

Origin: Jessica has Hebrew origins. It is derived from the Hebrew name “Yiskah” or “Yiskah,” which means “foresight” or “to behold.” The name Jessica gained popularity through William Shakespeare’s play “The Merchant of Venice,” in which he coined the name by transforming “Yiskah” into “Jessica” for one of the characters. Since then, Jessica has become a widely used and beloved name in the English-speaking world and beyond.


6. Linda (population 212,325 /  1 out of 183 people)

Origin: Linda, though commonly used in English-speaking countries, has Spanish origins and means “pretty” or “beautiful.” Its simplicity and charm have earned it a special place among female names in Canada.


7. Michelle (population 307445 /  1 out of 186 people)

Origin: Michelle is another French name on our list. It is the feminine form of Michel, which means “Who is like God?” Michelle carries an air of grace and elegance, making it a popular choice for Canadian parents who value timeless beauty.

These top 7 female names in Canada, each with their deep historical roots. It’s a testament to some of the first migrants that have contributed to the development of Canada as a country. Stay tuned for more insights on Canadian names in future posts, as we continue to explore the fascinating world of names in this large nation.


Honorable Mentions: 

Patricia (population 205, 341 /  1 person out of 190 people)

Elizabeth (population 202, 102 /  1 person out of 193 people)

by Michael Menard, Cleanlist Product Specialist

About the data: The data presented in this report was summarized from ResponseCanadaTM Consumer, Canada’s largest and most up-to-data privacy friendly consumer database. To learn more about the database or for licensing information, contact

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