FREDERICTON (GNB) – Preliminary results released by the Vital Statistics Office at Service New Brunswick show that 6,015 children were born in the province in 2016, 3,043 males and 2,972 females.

“Our government has pledged to make New Brunswick the best place to raise a family,” said Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty. “I congratulate all the families who celebrated new arrivals over the past year. Our children are our future. A youthful and vibrant population helps build a stronger province and a stronger economy.”

In 2016, there were 983 different names given to boys and 1,227 different names given to girls born in the province.

Among the most common names for boys were Liam, Jacob, William, Thomas, Noah, Benjamin, Samuel, Jack, Owen, Mason, Jaxon, Xavier, Caleb, Oliver, Lincoln, Olivier, Lucas, Isaac, Jackson, James, Chase, Carter, Logan, Jaxson, Hunter, Simon, Grayson, Alexander, Ethan, Maxime, Nathan, Wyatt, Jayden, Dominic, Emmett, Ryker, Henry and Cohen.

Among the most common names for girls were Emma, Olivia, Charlotte, Sophia, Ellie, Mia, Evelyn, Anna, Amelia, Lily, Hailey, Abigail, Madison, Grace, Ava, Audrey, Sophie, Zoey, Sadie, Peyton, Annabelle, Claire, Addison, Scarlett, Leah, Emily, Violet, Avery, Rosalie, Lauren, Ella, Alexa, Alice, Lillian, Hannah, Brooklyn, Charlie and Lydia.