I publish a set of name rankings every week, but I don’t post many U.S. state-released rankings anymore. Why? Because the SSA’s yearly dataset always includes a state-by-state breakdown, and the SSA’s data tends to be basically equivalent to what each state releases.
Except for…Iowa! I totally forgot last year to check up on Iowa, the only state I know of to release full sets of baby name data. (Bravo, Iowa!) The last Iowa rankings I posted were for 2016, so, in this post, to catch up, I’ll be covering two years at once.
First up, 2017.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2017 were Emma and Oliver.
Here are Iowa’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:
Girl Names, 2017
Emma, 175 baby girls
Amelia & Nora, tied, 127 each
Boy Names, 2017
Oliver, 219 baby boys
Owen & Wyatt, tied, 151 each
In the girls’ top 10, Scarlett and Elizabeth replace Addison and Grace. (The SSA’s data for 2017 was similar, but had Harper in first place.)
In the boys’ top 10, James and Logan replace Jackson.
And here are some of the names bestowed just once in Iowa in 2017:
According to the government of College Station (in Texas), the most popular baby names in the Texas city in 2019 were Olivia and Aiden.
Here are College Station’s top 3 girl names and top 3 boy names of 2019:
Olivia, 17 baby girls
Aiden, 11 baby boys (tie)
Liam, 11 (tie)
In the girls’ top 3, Olivia replaces Ava.
The boys’ top 3 is entirely new: Aiden, Liam, and Grayson replace James, Jackson, and Aaron.
The most popular middle names were Grace, Rose, and Marie (for girls) and James, Lee/Leigh, and Michael (for boys).
Some of the interesting first-middle combinations bestowed last year include Alpha Dewdrop, Birdie Scout, Brontayveai Imblessed, Castyn Maverick, Indie River, Klutch Christian, Piston Jayne, Rupert Badlands, Tesla Eden, and Zoiimi My’Life.
In 2018, the top two names in College Station were Emma and James.