While eastern Iowa was getting pummeled by an early winter snowstorm on Saturday, January 1, both Cedar Rapids hospitals welcomed their first newborns of 2022.

The first to make an appearance was the little 7-pound 8-ounce bundle of joy above. Her parents, Morgan and Aaric from Norway, Iowa, named her Elaina Laura. According to UnityPoint St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, she was born Saturday morning at 9:47 a.m.

A few blocks away, the first baby of 2022 born at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids happened just under 12 hours later. Mercy Cedar Rapids tells me their first baby of the year was delivered at 9:22 p.m. Saturday night. No other information is available on that little one.

So what were the top baby names of 2021? According to Mercy Medical Center's BIrthplace in Cedar Rapids, Nora was the most chosen name for a girl at their hospital last year while Henry was tops for the boys. Here are the top three for each:


  • Nora
  • Amelia
  • Stella


  • Henry
  • Tie between Aiden and Weston

Last month, we shared the top baby names of 2021 for three different UnityPoint Health hospitals in eastern Iowa. On the girls' side, only Amelia from the list above was in the top ten while just Henry appears on both lists on the boys' side. You can see the complete top ten, compiled by adding all the birth's at the three hospitals together HERE.

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Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

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To determine the most popular biblical baby names, Stacker consulted the name origin site Behind the Name and the Social Security Administration's baby names database then ranked the top 50 names from Behind the Name's Biblical Names origins list of 564 names, based on how many babies had been given these names in 2019. Click through to find out which biblical names have stood the test of time.

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