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What are some common Canadian names?

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Emma, Hailey, Carter and Christopher are common Canadian names. On Canada's west coast, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Ethan and Liam are popular, whereas Faith, Kayleigh, Cameron and Noah are common on the east coast. In the French-speaking province of Quebec, favourites are Ariane, Laurie, Jérémy and Mathis.

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Emma is a name of German origin meaning "universal." It became popular in England in the 18th century, and Jane Austen used it for her protagonist in her 1816 book of the same name. Other versions are the Spanish "Ema," Dutch "Ima" and diminutive "Emmy."

Christopher comes from the Greek "Christophoros," which means "bearing Christ." It began its popularity in England in the 15th century. Other variations are the Latvian "Kristaps," Swedish "Kristoffer," and Macedonian "Hristo." Saint Christopher is the patron saint of travelers.

Liam is the short Irish version of "William." It comes from the German "Willahelm," meaning "desire and protection." Brooklyn comes from the name of the New York City neighborhood, which was originally "Breukelen," or "broken land" in Dutch.

Ethan is a biblical name that means "solid and enduring" in Hebrew. It became popular during the Protestant Reformation in England, but North Americans started using it in the 20th century.

Jérémy is the French version of "Jeremiah," which is Hebrew for "Yahweh has uplifted." Jeremiah was a prophet in the Old Testament and wrote the Book of Jeremiah. Other versions are "Jere" in Finnish and "Jeremias" in Spanish.

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