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Spectrum tallies top 10 names for baby boys and girls this year

December 27, 2012
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Spectrum tallies top 10 names for boys and girls this year
More babies are born in the Family Birth Place at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids than any other hospital in Michigan. Photo via

With more than 7,000 births during the past fiscal year, Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital is the state’s leader in bringing infants into the world.

And while there's plenty to consider as a baby is born, that's not really what we want to address here. What we want to know is, what are their names?

Thankfully, Spectrum keeps track of such things — all 7,161 of them. For the past several years, the region’s largest health care provider has kept a list of the most popular names for newborn boys and girls.

Liam makes its first-ever appearance on the list of top 10 boy names this year, taking the No. 1 spot. Just last year, Liam was ranked 19th in top boy names. Emma continues to be a favorite name for girls. In fact, Emma has made the list of top 10 girl names for the past five years, ranking No. 1 in 2009, 2010 and, now again, in 2012.

Parents take great pride in finding names with meaning. So, who is Liam? Liam’s origin is Irish, meaning “unwavering protector,” according to The name Emma is of German origin and means “universal.”

“Forty-three boys were named Liam this past fiscal year,” said Jason Gilliken, measurement and evaluation specialist at Spectrum Health. “Clearly, the name, and perhaps its meaning, has resonated with more parents than ever before.”

“For us, every birth is special,” said Cindy Reistroffer, director of women’s services for Spectrum Health Hospital Group. “Our goal is to assist parents and families to have the best experience possible. We do this by actively participating with parents to help them achieve their desired birth plan. The professional staff here at Spectrum Health realizes that every baby, mom and family is unique, and we want to be a part of that exceptional experience.”

Top 10 Boy Names

1.  Liam
2.  Noah
3.  Jacob
4.  Gabriel
5.  Jackson
6.  Landon
7.  Isaac
8.  Benjamin
9.  Owen
10. William

Top 10 Girl Names

1.   Emma
2.   Sophia
3.   Ava
4.   Olivia
5.   Evelyn
6.   Grace
7.   Isabella
8.   Emily
9.   Abigail
10. Addison

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