UnityPoint Health, which includes St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, has announced their top baby names for 2017. Around 20,000 little ones have been born at UnityPoint locations so far this year and there's some familiarity on the girl's side, but the boy's side looks a little different when compared to the most popular names around the nation.

For instance, at UnityPoint facilities in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, the top girl's name is Emma, which lands at number three on one of the most popular national lists. Olivia, meanwhile, shows up everywhere!

Here are the Top 5 girls names in our area:

  1. Emma
  2. Nora/Norah
  3. Olivia
  4. Adaline (spellings vary)
  5. Harper

Nationally, there are two popular baby name lists. Baby Center's Top 5 girls names are:

  1. Sophia
  2. Olivia
  3. Emma
  4. Ava
  5. Isabella

Nameberry's Top 5:

  1. Olivia
  2. Cora
  3. Amelia
  4. Charlotte
  5. Isla

On the boy's side, the top two names in Iowa don't appear in the Top 5 nationally. The top choices for boys names in Iowa:

  1. Oliver
  2. Henry
  3. Liam
  4. Theo/Theodore
  5. Mason

The most popular names for boys across the nation stack up like this on Baby Center:

  1. Jackson
  2. Liam
  3. Noah
  4. Aiden
  5. Lucas

Nameberry's Top 5:

  1. Atticus
  2. Asher
  3. Jack
  4. Theodore
  5. Jasper

Whether you're expecting or hoping to in 2018, best of luck picking out the perfect name for your little bundle of joy! Baby Center can even give you a bunch of suggestions.

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