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.