Popular and Unique Baby Names in Iowa, 2016

I love that the Social Security Administration releases so much baby name data to the public. But I’ve always had mixed feelings about that 5-baby threshold for inclusion. (Due to privacy concerns, the government doesn’t release names given to fewer than 5 babies per gender, per year.)

Part of me appreciates the threshold. For instance, I like that it adds significance to the pop culture debut names I’m always posting about, as these names had to hit a certain minimum level of usage in order to register in the data.

But the other part of me? The other part just really, really wants to see those rare/crazy names at the bottom of the list.

So I get excited when I find U.S. data from an official source that does go down to single-instance usage. Up until recently, I only knew about Sonoma County and Los Angeles County, but recently I discovered that Iowa (an entire state!) also releases down-to-1 baby name data. Yay!

But before we get to the rare names, let’s look at the state of Iowa’s top baby names of 2016:

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 203 baby girls
2. Emma, 181
3. Charlotte, 158
4. Harper, 156
5. Ava & Evelyn, 148 each (2-way tie)
6. Amelia, 125
7. Nora, 123
8. Sophia, 112
9. Addison, 101
10. Grace, 96

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 197 baby boys
2. Owen, 178
3. William, 174
4. Wyatt, 170
5. Henry, 165
6. Liam, 159
7. Noah, 149
8. Benjamin, 148
9. Jackson, 144
10. Lincoln, 123

  • In the girls’ top 10, Addison and Grace replace Avery.
  • In the boys’ top 10, Benjamin and Lincoln replace Mason and Elijah.
  • In 2015, the top two names were Emma and Liam.

(The SSA rankings for Iowa are similar, but not exactly the same. One notable difference on is that the SSA ranks Grayson 10th on the boys list, and puts Lincoln down in 13th.)

And now for the rarities!

Iowa’s website offers interactive baby name usage graphs that include all names bestowed at least once from 2000 to 2016. Here’s a sampling:

Rare baby names in Iowa (2000-2016 total usage)
Girl Names Boy Names
Arabia (1)
Bishop (1)
Currency (1)
Dream (3)
Eros (1)
Fairy (1)
Gatsby (1)
Heritage (1)
Irish (5)
Jasper (1)
KeyEssence (1)
Lisbon (1)
Michigan (1)
Nirvana (3)
Orchid (1)
PairoDice (1)
Qy (1)
Reminisce (1)
Scully (1)
Tear (1)
Unity (4)
Veruca (1)
Windy (2)
Xanadu (1)
Yawh (1)
Zinnia (1)
Arcade (1)
Banksy (1)
Cactus (1)
Denali (2)
Elvis (18)
Fonzy (1)
Galaxy (1)
Helium (1)
Indigo (2)
Jeep (3)
Kal-El (3)
Lightning (1)
Mowgli (1)
Notorious (1)
Opttimus (1)
Player (1)
Quest (3)
Racer (3)
Sanctify (1)
Tavern (1)
Universe (1)
Vegas (1)
Winner (4)
Xyn (1)
Young-Sky (1)
Zealand (1)

If you decide to dig through the data, leave a comment and let me know what you spot!

And if you’re friends with any expectant parents in Iowa, tell those lucky ducks that they have access to full sets of baby name rankings for their state. Either send them a link to this post or to one of the pages below…

Sources: Top Baby Names – Iowa Department of Public Health, Baby Names Popularity Over Time – Iowa Department of Public Health


Popular Baby Names in College Station (TX), 2017

According to the City of College Station (which is located in east-central Texas), the most popular baby names in the city in 2017 were Ava and Jayden.

Here are College Station’s top 3 girl names and top 3 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Ava, 16 baby girls
2. Emma, 14
3. Camila & Charlotte, 13 each (tie)

Boy Names
1. Jayden, 18 baby boys
2. Elijah & Jackson, 15 each (tie)
3. Noah, 12

The most popular middle names were Grace, Rose and Marie (for girls) and James, Alexander, and Wayne (for boys).

Some of the less-common College Station baby names included Kansas, Temper, Fable, Joy Peace, and Liv Tyler.

In 2016, the top two names were Riley and Aiden.

Source: Jayden, Ava CS’s most popular baby names in 2017, Aiden, Riley CS’s most-popular baby names in 2016

Popular Baby Names in Minnesota, 2017

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2017 were Evelyn and Oliver.

Here are the top Minnesota baby names broken down by the mother’s race/ethnicity:

Top Girl Names

  • White: Evelyn
  • Native American: Mila
  • Hispanic: Camila
    • …excluding Mexican: Sofia
  • Black/African: Aisha
    • …excluding Somali: Ava
  • Asian: Olivia
    • …excluding Hmong: Olivia

Top Boy Names

  • White: Oliver
  • Native American: Elijah
  • Hispanic: Mateo
    • …excluding Mexican: Mateo
  • Black/African: Mohamed
    • …excluding Somali: Elijah
  • Asian: Aiden
    • …excluding Hmong: Aiden

In 2015, the top two names (overall) were Olivia and Jackson.

Source: What are the top baby names for 2017? It depends…

Popular Baby Names in San Diego, 2017

According to San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency, the most popular baby names in the county in 2017 were Emma and Liam.

Here are San Diego County’s top 7 girl names and top 7 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Emma, 282 baby girls
2. Mia, 251
3. Isabella, 225
4. Sophia, 210
5. Olivia, 209
6. Sofia, 171
7. Victoria, 156

Boy Names
1. Liam, 222 baby boys
2. Oliver, 195
3. Mateo & Noah & Sebastian, 194 each (3-way tie)
4. Alexander, 189
5. Benjamin, 180
6. Logan, 173
7. Daniel, 162

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

Source: Most Popular Baby Names in San Diego in 2017

Popular Baby Names in Tennessee, 2017

According to Tennessee’s Office of Vital Records, the most popular baby names in the state in 2017 were Ava and William.

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

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

Boy Names
1. William
2. Elijah
3. James
4. Noah
5. Liam
6. John
7. Mason
8. Jackson
9. Samuel
10. Grayson

In the boys’ top 10, Samuel and Grayson replace Michael, Benjamin, Aiden, Jacob and Carter (there were extra names on the previous list due to ties).

These rankings are based on provisional data.

In 2016, the top two names were Emma and William.

Source: Ava Ascends to Tennessee’s Top Baby Girl Name in 2017; William Wins for Boys