H/t Wyoming Department of Health.
Olivia topped the newborn name charts in Wyoming last year for girls, while Oliver and Liam tied for first place for boys, according to a Friday afternoon release from the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), which cited data from its Vital Statistics Services (VSS) department.
Following Olivia, the most popular girls’ names in 2019 were Harper, Charlotte, Emma and Willow, per WDH. Emma had previously been the number one name for three years running.
Oliver and Liam were followed by Henry, Asher and William (tied), Elijah and Theodore as the most frequently chosen names for new Wyoming boys.
“We clearly had more of a shakeup among our most popular newborn names last year than we saw in the last few previous years,” said Guy Beaudoin, VSS deputy state registrar with WDH. “There can be many different factors that affect the selections new parents make including family connections and popular culture.”
Births in Wyoming are up slightly this year with 6,563 babies born to resident mothers during 2019 compared to 6,551 in 2018. This was following a decreasing trend that started in 2015 when 7,716 babies were born to Wyoming’s resident mamas.
“Meanwhile, Wyoming’s annual count of resident deaths has been steadily increasing in recent years,” Beaudoin said. “Likely due to the state’s aging population.”
Last year, VSS recorded deaths for 5,121 residents compared to 5,069 deaths in 2018. The count in 2015 when the upward trend began was 4,744.
More VSS state statistics and information can be found here.