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02 January 2018  

“Hmmm… What about Liam?"

Choosing a name for a new baby can be an interesting activity.  Names can be associated with memories - good and bad - of people, experiences and events. 

Speaking from personal experience, few topics have engrossed my conversations with my husband as much as this one. Even though our eight children are grown now, and making their names known in the world, out of the blue, either my husband or I will look at each other and say something like, “You know, we never talked about Sophia for a name.” And that will launch a whole conversation about why one of us did/did not want to name our children things like, “Marston,” or “Cornelia,” or “Jeremiah”. The list of names we didn’t choose is endless, trust me. (All I will say, is that many of my children have thanked me for standing firm on some of these decisions.  And for those that haven’t, I have high hopes that their spouses will maintain some commonsense in this area.)

So, it’s always interesting to see what names are popular today. The Arizona Department of Health Services recently released the top 100 names of babies born in Arizona in 2017. Emma is the top name for girls, (nope, never discussed that one,) and Liam (nor that) is the top name for boys for the second year in a row. The top five girl names for 2017 are Emma, Isabella, Olivia, Mia, and Ava. The top five boy names for 2017 are Liam, Noah, Sebastian, Alexander, and Daniel.

In case you’re wondering, none of our childrens’ first names are in the top 10 below, and only one of their middle names made the top ten.

The list of baby names come from birth certificates submitted to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Bureau of Vital Records. An official count of the year’s top baby names will be verified and posted online at azhealth.gov in February 2018. 

 GirlsBoys

1

Emma

Liam

2

Isabella

Noah

3

Olivia

Sebastian

4

Sophia

Alexander

5

Mia

Daniel 

6

Ava

Oliver

7

Emily

Julian

8

Evelyn 

Benjamin

9

Amelia

Logan

10

Charlotte

Elijah

11

Scarlett

Ethan

12

Victoria

Michael

13

Sofia

Aiden

14

Penelope

James 

15

Abigail

Mateo

16

Camila

Jacob

17

Harper

Santiago

18

Mila 

Isaac

19

Aria

Luke

20

Luna

Mason

21

Elizabeth

Adrian

22

Madison

Angel

23

Avery

Joseph

24

Ximena

Lucas

25

Lily

Matthew

26

Elena

Wyatt

27

Addison

Isaiah

28

Zoey

Jackson

29

Ella

Gabriel

30

Grace

William

31

Natalie

Jayden

32

Aurora

David

33

Genesis

Samuel

34

Riley

Christopher

35

Layla

Jose 

36

Violet

Ezekiel

37

Aaliyah

Jonathan

38

Paisley

Henry

39

Brooklyn

Dylan

40

Lillian

Luis

41

Melanie

Anthony

42

Samantha

Lincoln

43

Chloe

Jesus

44

Quinn

Andrew

45

Ellie

Carter

46

Arianna

Christian

47

Aubrey

Xavier

48

Allison

Aaron

49

Savannah

Eli

50

Valentina

Ezra

51

Zoe 

Joshua

52

Kinsley

Levi

53

Audrey

Dominic

54

Leilani

Elias

55

Hannah

Grayson

56

Hazel

Asher

57

Maya

Caleb

58

Alexa

Nathan 

59

Ariana

Josiah

60

Stella

Ian

61

Lucy 

Owen

62

Nora

Hunter

63

Leah

Jack 

64

Gianna

Jaxon

65

Kennedy

John

66

Nevaeh

Ryan

67

Bella

Leonardo

68

Delilah

Damian

69

Natalia

Carlos

70

Alice

Easton

71

Claire

Juan

72

Ruby

Leo

73

Brielle

Jeremiah

74

Eliana

Adam

75

Jade

Landon

76

Hailey

Robert

77

Emilia

Hudson

78

Everly

Carson 

79

Liliana

Diego

80

Serenity

Nathaniel

81

Naomi

Charles

82

Athena

Theodore

83

Madelyn

Miguel

84

Maria

Adriel

85

Sarah

Giovanni

86

Gabriella

Maverick

87

Jocelyn

Evan

88

Willow

Brayden

89

Anna

Connor

90

Kaylee

Jordan

91

Ariel

Austin

92

Daleyza

Thomas

93

Eleanor

Ayden

94

Cora

Francisco

95

Adeline

Axel

96

Isabelle

Emiliano

97

Sadie

Jameson

98

Rylee

Abel

99

Arya

Alejandro

100

Ivy

Gael

 

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Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.