The Ottumwa Courier


January 1, 2014

What's in a name?

OTTUMWA — Parents of babies born at Ottumwa Regional Health Center in 2013, like other babies across the country, may have been influenced by pop culture.

The most popular names for babies born at ORHC this past year are both now popular in culture. Top girl names were Amelia, Harper, Lily, Adalyn and Addison. Popular boys' names included: Jacob, Grayson, Hunter, Liam and Noah.

Some of the local names followed the national trend for top baby names, others did not. Some parents preferred to use an old family, biblical name or the name of a relative or close friend. Other names increasing in popularity nationally and locally are those associated with the Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame.

At press time Wednesday evening, the name of the 2104 New Year's baby had yet to be announced.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Courier received an email from Rachel Dilling of Ottumwa Regional Health Center informing the newspaper "there is someone in labor, but no baby yet."

So like the expectant parents and grandparents, our readers will have to wait until Friday to find out news on this year's new bundle of joy.

Until then, here's a fascinating look at the most popular baby names in the Ottumwa area and nation in 2013. Plus, have you ever wondered which names were in fashion when your parents, grandparents or even great-grandparents were naming their children?

Ottumwa Regional Health Center 2013


1. Amelia 2. Harper 3. Lily or Lilly 4. Abigail 5. Isabella 6. Adalyn 7. Addison 8. Aubrey 9. Macy 10. Brinley


1. Jacob 2. Grayson 3. Hunter 4. Liam 5. Noah 6. Aiden 7. Hayden 8. Jase 9. Ryder 10. Wyatt


2013 popular names in the U.S.



1. Sophia 2. Emma 3. Olivia 4. Isabella 5. Mia 6. Ava 7. Lily 8. Zoe 9. Emily 10. Chloe



1. Jackson 2. Aiden 3. Liam 4. Lucas 5. Noah 6. Mason 7. Jayden 8. Ethan 9. Jacob 10. Jack


1980 popular names in the U.S.


1. Jennifer 2. Amanda 3. Jessica 4. Melissa 5. Sarah 6. Heather 7. Nicole 8. Amy 9. Elizabeth 10. Michelle



1. Michael 2. Christopher 3. Jason 4. David 5. James 6. Matthew 7. Joshua 8. John 9. Robert 10. Joseph


1960 popular names in the U.S.



1. Mary 2. Susan 3. Linda 4. Karen 5. Donna 6. Lisa 7. Patricia 8. Debra 9. Cynthia 10. Deborah



1. David 2. Michael 3. James 4. John 5. Robert 6. Mark 7. William 8. Richard 9. Thomas 10. Steven


1910 popular names in the U.S.


1. Mary 2. Helen 3. Margaret 4. Dorothy 5. Ruth 6. Anna 7. Elizabeth 8. Mildred 9. Marie 10. Alice



1. John 2. James 3. William 4. Robert 5. George 6. Joseph 7. Charles 8. Frank 9. Edward 10. Henry

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