Jun 13, 2015

Among 3,300 Wyoming baby names, Liam & Olivia top list

Liam and Olivia proved the most popular names for Wyoming’s newborns last year, but they were just two of the 3,328 unique first names that parents picked out.

New data from the Wyoming Department of Health’s Vital Statistics Service show serious staying power for the popularity of Liam, which has now been the boys name of choice for three straight years. Jackson and William, Wyatt and James, followed as the other most popular names from 2014.

If this boy had been born in Wyoming last year, you'd be best off guessing his name is 'Liam.' Courtesy file photo
Olivia, meanwhile, toppled 2013 favorite Sophia to become the most popular name among Wyoming parents. Emma — now with four straight years as the most- or second-most popular girls name — followed Olivia, then came Brooklyn, Abigail and Harper. (Sophia slid out of the top five for the first time in years, but stayed within the top 10.)

It’s worth noting that the popular names represent only a small fraction of last year’s newborns.

In 2014, the Department of Health recorded 7,693 births to mothers who were Wyoming residents. A total of 46 children were named Olivia and 39 were named Liam, according to Vital Statistics Service data.

The department provided the following charts for the past five years of naming in the state:

2014 proved something of a male-dominated birth year.

Around 52.4 percent of the newborns were boys and 46.6 percent were girls — meaning there were about 11 guys for every 10 gals.

Wyoming parents do appear to have gotten a little more creative in naming their girls than their boys last year.

Half of the baby girls (50.7 percent) received names that were unique to them. In contrast, only a little more than a third (36.5 percent) of the boys got names that weren’t shared with another newborn Wyomingite.

It is possible that parents simply got more creative with how they spelled their girls’ names, as similar but slightly different names (like Brooklyn and Brooklynn) are counted separately.

Overall, there were 76 more births in 2014 than the year before.

The state’s economic analysis division recently reported Wyoming’s population increased by 930 people in that same time frame, “so the increased number of births we recorded last year was consistent with the state’s overall population trend,” said Jim McBride, Vital Statistics Services Program manager.

Vital Statistics Services is the official custodian of all vital records in the state and disseminates health information in support of health and social planning efforts. More Wyoming statistics and information can be found on the program's website.


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