Popular baby names in Coconino County (Arizona), 2022

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Flag of Arizona

Coconino County in Arizona is the second-largest county in the continental United States. If it were a U.S. state, it would rank between West Virginia (#41) and Maryland (#42) in terms of total area.

Coconino contains a number of nationally protected places, including part of the Grand Canyon, but relatively few residents. Last year, it welcomed just 1,314 babies — less than 2% of all the babies born in Arizona.

What were the most popular names among these Coconino babies? Juniper and Liam.

Here are the county’s top 5 girl names and top 5+ boy names of 2022:

Girl Names

  1. Juniper
  2. Sophia
  3. Hailey
  4. Hazel
  5. Olivia

Boy Names

  1. Liam
  2. Oliver
  3. Asher, Kai, Logan, Mason, and Theodore (5-way tie)

I’m pleasantly surprised that Juniper happened to be the #1 girl name in the region. (No doubt the names at the top of these rankings were only separated by a baby or two, though.)

I wonder how many of the parents who opted for Juniper were inspired by the Utah Juniper, which is a small, wind-twisted tree native to the Southwest. The NPS describes junipers as having “a mystical quality. Each tree is like a fine work of art that one might find in a museum.”

juniper tree
Juniper tree

Nationally, the name Juniper has been bounding up the charts over the last few years. In 2021, it was the 138th most popular girl name in the country, but a top-50 name in the following six states:

  • Wyoming (where Juniper ranked 14th)
  • Oregon (17th)
  • Montana (18th)
  • Vermont (18th)
  • Alaska (25th)
  • Idaho (32nd)

Speaking of states…

The Arizona Department of Health Services reports that these were top baby names state-wide in 2022:

Girl Names, Ariz.Boy Names, Ariz.
1. Olivia, 382 baby girls
2. Emma, 338
3. Isabella, 309
4. Sophia, 304
5. Luna, 269
6. Mia, 248
7. Camila, 224
8. Amelia, 220
9. Ava, 209
10. Charlotte, 206
1. Liam, 433 baby boys
2. Noah, 410
3. Mateo, 372
4. Oliver, 330
5. Santiago, 298
6. Sebastian, 257
7. Elijah, 244
8. Ezra, 235
9. Ezekiel, 230
10. Julian, 224

Notably, Juniper and Hailey — the 1st and 3rd most popular girl names in Coconino County — only managed to rank 93rd and 99th across all of Arizona.



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