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Essentia releases most popular baby names of 2015

Olivia was the most popular name for girls born at The Birthplace at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center last year.Sixteen Olivias were among the more than 1,500 babies born last year, birthplace manager Kim Pearson reported in an Essentia ...

Olivia was the most popular name for girls born at The Birthplace at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center last year.
Sixteen Olivias were among the more than 1,500 babies born last year, birthplace manager Kim Pearson reported in an Essentia Health news release.
Olivia was followed by Charlotte and Evelyn (both 10), Ava (nine), Nora (eight), and Emma and Harper (both seven).
Boys’ names were stacked more closely, starting with Liam (11), Henry and Oliver (both 10), Owen (nine), and Avery, Elijah, Hunter, Logan, Lucas, Mason, Samuel and Wyatt, all with seven.
Pearson said older family names seem to be making a comeback. Henry and Walter are very popular among boys, she said, and Viola, Stella and Hazel are “not uncommon” for girls.
It’s also becoming more common to give the baby two middle names as a protection against identity theft, Pearson said.
No Baracks or Obamas were born at The Birthplace, but there were six Lincolns, three Kennedys, one Nixon and one Wilson. There were no Bernies or Bernards and no Teds, but there was one Cruz, one Donald and one Hillary.

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