Canadian name and gender database

The Canadian database contains 26.142 first names categorized by gender and 74.682 last names. This page shows the list with the most popular names in Canada and gives background information about the database.

Most countries in North America are very well organised and have great open data initiatives. In Canada we received a name and gender dataset from the Canadian government or we used an open dataset. We identified the last names by removing the first names from 273.320 public profiles that we found in Canadian open data sources.

Popular Canadian first names for men

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
David 2.688 1.6% American British Spanish
Michael 2.321 1.4% American British German
Chris 2.294 1.4% American British Australian
John 1.975 1.2% American British Irish
Mike 1.833 1.1% American British German
Mark 1.682 1.0% American British Dutch
Andrew 1.660 1.0% American British Australian
Paul 1.590 0.9% British American Dutch
James 1.439 0.8% British American Australian
Ryan 1.335 0.8% American British Australian
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 273.320 Canadian profiles from which 169.844 (62%) is male.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also exists. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular Canadian first names for women

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Sarah 1.470 1.4% British American Australian
Jennifer 1.107 1.1% American British German
Lisa 948 0.9% American British German
Michelle 936 0.9% American British Australian
Laura 883 0.9% American British Spanish
Jessica 797 0.8% American British Brazilian
Julie 744 0.7% American British French
Stephanie 742 0.7% American British French
Karen 715 0.7% American British Australian
Amanda 701 0.7% American British Brazilian
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 273.320 Canadian profiles from which 103.476 (38%) is female.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also exists. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular Canadian last names

Last name Frequency *1 Percentage *1 Alternative countries *2
Smith 1.464 0.5% American British Australian
Brown 854 0.3% American British Australian
Jones 728 0.3% American British Australian
Williams 716 0.3% American British Australian
Taylor 668 0.2% American British Australian
Wilson 653 0.2% American British Australian
Johnson 627 0.2% American British Australian
Lee 573 0.2% American British Australian
Martin 536 0.2% American British Australian
Macdonald 533 0.2% American British Australian
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 273.320 Canadian profiles having 74.682 unique lastnames.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also exists. They are sorted on popularity.
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