It's always interesting to see how popular baby names change from year to year. When I was a kid, it seemed like everyone my age was named Ashley, Brittney, Michael, or Christopher. Now, those names are much less common in young children!

A new article from CBS 2 has revealed the top baby names here in Eastern Iowa in 2021, based off of data from UnityPoint Health. They took a look at births from St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Finley Hospital in Dubuque, and Allen Hospital in Waterloo to compile their list. Here are the top ten baby names for girls this year:

  1. Charlotte
  2. Ava
  3. Everly
  4. Sophia
  5. Harper
  6. Amelia
  7. Olivia
  8. Scarlett
  9. Willow
  10. Avery

And now, here are the top ten names for baby boys here in Eastern Iowa:

  1. Owen
  2. Oliver
  3. Theodore
  4. Brooks
  5. Henry
  6. Asher
  7. Easton
  8. Lincoln
  9. Wyatt
  10. Maverick

If you're curious how those names compare to the top baby names across the country, there are quite a few to make both lists. According to an article from Baby Center, the top three names for baby girls in 2021 were Olivia, Emma, and Amelia, with only Emma being left off of Eastern Iowa's top ten. For the boys, the top three in the U.S. were Liam, Noah, and Oliver. Noah and Liam didn't make the list in our half of the state, but Noah did make the list for St. Luke's in Cedar Rapids! Here are the top names from that hospital specifically:

  1. Ava/Henry
  2. Scarlett/Oliver
  3. Harper/Lincoln
  4. Amelia/Brooks
  5. Charlotte/Asher
  6. Sophia/Wyatt
  7. Willow/Landon
  8. Everly/Owen
  9. Ellie/Easton
  10. Avery/Noah

Did your baby's name make the list this year? Tell us your name pick in the comments!

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