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Popular Baby Names in Alabama, 2018

According to Alabama’s Department of Public Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2018 were Ava and William.

Here are Alabama’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Ava (259 baby girls)
2. Olivia
3. Harper
4. Emma
5. Amelia
6. Elizabeth
7. Charlotte
8. Isabella
9. Abigail
10. Ella

Boy Names
1. William (340 baby boys)
2. James
3. John
4. Elijah
5. Noah
6. Liam
7. Mason
8. Jackson (the spelling “Jaxon” ranked 14th)
9. Grayson
10. Carter

In Tuscaloosa County specifically, top two names were William and Emma.

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to December 3rd.)

Source: William and Ava most popular baby names in Alabama for 2018

Popular Baby Names in Michigan, 2017

According to Michigan’s Department of Health & Human Services, the most popular baby names in the state in 2017 were Emma and Liam.

Here are Michigan’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Emma, 546 baby girls
2. Ava, 537
3. Olivia, 514
4. Charlotte, 426
5. Amelia, 416
6. Evelyn, 407
7. Harper, 375
8. Sophia, 373
9. Isabella, 365
10. Grace, 284

Boy Names
1. Liam, 514 baby boys
2. Noah ,485
3. Oliver, 475
4. Lucas, 449
5. Mason, 438
6. Logan, 436
7. Benjamin, 435
8. Henry, 404
9. Wyatt, 391
10. William, 384

In the girls’ top 10, Grace replaces Abigail (now 13th).

In the boys’ top 10, Logan, Henry, Wyatt, and William replace James (now 11th), Owen (12th), Elijah (15th), and Carter (18th).

In 2016, the top two names were Ava and Noah.

The SSA’s 2017 rankings for Michigan are the same on the girls’ side, but slightly different for boys (including a tie for 10th place between William and James).

Source: Michigan Baby Names

Most Popular Baby Names in Saskatchewan, 2017

According to eHealth Saskatchewan, the most popular baby names in the province in 2017 were Olivia and Liam.

Here are Saskatchewan’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 80 baby girls
2. Ava, 65
3. Emma, 58
4. Emily, 51
5. Sophia, 45
6. Harper, 43
7. Amelia, 42
8. Hannah, 37
9. Aria, 36 (2-way tie)
10. Chloe, 36 (2-way tie)

Boy Names
1. Liam, 73 baby boys
2. William, 60
3. Jacob, 57 (2-way tie)
4. Oliver, 57 (2-way tie)
5. Lincoln, 54 (2-way tie)
6. Owen, 54 (2-way tie)
7. Noah, 53
8. Benjamin, 51
9. Jack, 47 (2-way tie)
10. James, 47 (2-way tie)

In the girls’ top 10, Harper, Hannah, and Aria replace Scarlett, Paisley, and Ella. (Hanging out in 11th is Brielle, which was also in 11th in 2016.)

In the boys’ top 10, Jacob, Lincoln, Owen, and James replace Lucas, Ethan, Carter, and Logan

Source: Most Popular Baby Names for 2017 – eHealth Saskatchewan

Pop Culture Baby Name Game Results, 2017

Here are the results of Pop Culture Baby Name Game 2017!

To streamline the results post this year, I didn’t include detailed descriptions of the pop culture influences. For the specifics, just click the above link.

On to the names!

Rises

Baby names that saw increased usage from 2016 to 2017.

  • Logan (movie), +2,748 baby boys (also +248 baby girls)
  • Dream (celebrity baby), +198 baby girls (also +22 baby boys)
  • Maren (music), +172 baby girls
  • Amaya (tv), +133 baby girls
  • Alessia (music), +129 baby girls
  • Winston (movie), +129 baby boys
  • Renata (tv), +107 baby girls
  • Callum (movie), +79 baby boys
  • Harvey (event/news), +76 baby boys
  • Asahd (celebrity baby), +58 baby boys (the top debut name for boys in ’17)
  • Brennley (tv), re-entered the data with 56 baby girls
  • Kenzo (celebrity baby), +55 baby boys
  • Ivanka (politics), +52 baby girls
  • Sunny (event), +52 baby girls (but -12 baby boys)
  • Hayes (celebrity baby), +46 baby boys (also +42 baby girls)
  • Barron (politics), +40 baby boys (and Baron rose as well)
  • Kensli (celebrity baby), +39 baby girls
  • Poppy (music/movie), +39 baby girls
  • Kamaiyah (music), +34 baby girls
  • Tala (tv), +33 baby girls
  • Sally (news), +32 baby girls
  • Chosen (celebrity baby), +30 baby boys (also +15 baby girls)
  • Jones (celebrity baby), +28 baby boys (also +5 baby girls)
  • Tommy (movie), +23 baby boys
  • Solana (music), +20 baby girls
  • Mika (tv), +17 baby girls
  • Eissa (celebrity baby), +16 baby boys
  • Moon (event), +15 baby girls
  • Valkyrie (movie), +15 baby girls
  • Zaya (movie), +15 baby girls
  • Kelsea (music), +12 baby girls
  • Shadow (tv), +11 baby boys (also +4 baby girls)
  • Grover (tv), +10 baby boys
  • Halley (tv), +10 baby girls
  • Bear (celebrity baby), +9 baby boys
  • Gal (movie), +9 baby girls
  • Jyn (movie), debuted in the data with 9 baby girls
  • Eleven (tv), debuted in the data with 7 baby girls
  • Thor (movie), +7 baby boys
  • Hela (movie), +6 baby girls
  • Lyric (celebrity baby), +6 baby boys (but -77 baby girls)
  • Sturgill (music), debuted in the data with 6 baby boys
  • Zari (tv), +6 baby girls
  • Eclipse (event), debuted in the data with 5 baby girls
  • Eniko (celebrity spouse), debuted in the data with 5 baby girls
  • Poe (movie), +4 baby boys
  • Sir (celebrity baby), +4 baby boys
  • Dory (movie), +2 baby boys
  • Sire (celebrity baby), +2 baby boys

Same

Baby names that saw no movement from 2016 to 2017.

  • Revel (celebrity baby), no movement as a boy name
  • Rumi (celebrity baby), no movement as a girl name
  • Sovereign (celebrity baby), no movement as a girl name

Falls

Baby names that saw decreased usage from 2016 to 2017.

  • Chance (music), -1 baby boy
  • Irma (event), -1 baby girl
  • Via (tv), -1 baby girl
  • Gypsy (tv), -2 baby girls
  • Julien as a girl name (music), -3 baby girls
  • Loki (movie), -3 baby boys
  • Lux (tv), -3 baby boys
  • Soleil (event), -4 baby girls
  • J’onn (tv), dropped out of the data
  • Ned (movie), -5 baby boys
  • Saoirse (movie), -5 baby girls
  • Topaz (movie), dropped out of the data
  • Jacinda (news), -8 baby girls
  • Bea (rumored celebrity baby), -10 baby girls
  • Moxie (book), -13 baby girls
  • Gareth (movie), -16 baby boys
  • Shayla (internet), -30 baby girls
  • Fatima (news), -33 baby girls
  • Kendrick (music), -54 baby boys
  • Shawn (rumored celebrity baby), -121 baby boys
  • Carter (celebrity baby), -415 baby boys (also -103 baby girls)

Absent

Baby names that were not in the SSA data in either 2016 or 2017.

Amilyn, Antiope, Asperitas, Bilquis, Bixby, Cardi, Creeley, Darci Lynne, Fenty, Gravity, Issa Rae, Jumanji, Kygo, Ladybird, Laureline, Libratus, Mahershala, Maisel, Merlyn, Midge, Ovince, Pence, Ragnarok, Saffie, Sonequa, Strummer, Sza, Tenney, Themyscira, Tommen, Totality, Trump, Valerian, Wiseau, Yulin, Zelle

Reactions

Some initial reactions…

I was so surprised that Rumi saw no upward movement as a girl name. Remi is rising fast, Rooney is inching upward, and then Rumi — a name that sounds like a mix between the two — gets the stamp of approval from Queen Bey herself. And still it doesn’t budge. I’m scratching my head over this one.

I’m always fascinated to see how name usage is influenced by events/people that are perceived as negative. Sometimes the associations drag them down, but sometimes the mere exposure lifts them up. In the case of Harvey, we had not one but two negative things: a destructive storm and a sexual predator. And yet, the name continued to rise.

It was neat to see Eclipse debut in the data. We already knew that a few babies got the name thanks to the news, but apparently there were a few more–just enough to nudge the name up to that 5-baby threshold. I wonder how much the August solar eclipse contributed to the rise of the names Luna, Moon, and Shadow in 2017.

How about you? Did the movement (or non-movement) of any of these names surprise you?

[Disclaimer: Some of the names above were already moving in the direction indicated, and some were no doubt influenced by more than a single pop culture person/event. I leave it up to you to judge the degree/nature of pop culture influence in each case.]

Top First Letters of U.S. Baby Names, 2017

What were the most popular first letters for baby names in 2017?

For girls, the most-used first letter was A, followed by M and E. The least-used first letter was U. Here’s the breakdown:

first letters, girl names, 2017

And here are the most-used girl names per letter for 2017:

For boys, the most-used first letter was J, followed by A and C. The least-used letter was U. Here’s the breakdown:

first letters, boy names, 2017

Here are the most-used boy names per letter for 2017:

Finally, here are both genders side-by-side on the same chart:

first letters, baby names, 2017

Overall, the top first letter was A and the least popular letter was U. Not much has changed since 2016