Popular baby names in Arizona, 2016

Flag of Arizona
Flag of Arizona

According to provisional data released yesterday by the Arizona Department of Health Services, the most popular baby names in the state in 2016 were Emma and Liam.

Here are Arizona’s projected top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2016:

Girl names

  1. Emma, 419 baby girls
  2. Sophia, 411
  3. Olivia, 385
  4. Mia, 382
  5. Isabella, 345
  6. Ava, 267
  7. Emily, 267
  8. Sofia, 263
  9. Abigail, 242
  10. Charlotte, 234

Boy names

  1. Liam, 404 baby boys
  2. Noah, 394
  3. Daniel, 322
  4. Sebastian, 309
  5. Alexander, 298
  6. Michael, 295
  7. Julian, 285
  8. Oliver, 268
  9. Benjamin, 267
  10. Mason, 267

In the girls’ top 10, Charlotte replaced Victoria.

In the boys’ top 10, Oliver, Benjamin and Mason replaced Ethan, Jacob, and Aiden.

The Arizona Daily Sun also notes that…

A decade ago, before Arizona approved one of the harshest laws in the nation aimed at those here illegally, names like Angel, Jose, Jesus and Juan were among the Top 20. In fact in 2005 Jose was the top name for all boys born in the state.

Now Angel has dropped to 26, Jose to 34, Jesus to 37 and Juan to 78.

The law referred to here is the controversial Arizona Senate Bill 1070.

In 2015 the top baby names in Arizona were Sophia and Noah.

Finalized 2016 data for Arizona will be available in February of 2017.

Sources: Liam, Emma top Arizona baby names for 2016, Top Baby Names in Arizona 2016

Image: Adapted from Flag of Arizona (public domain)

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