LVHN lists most pop­u­lar baby names for 2016

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

Each year at this time, na­tional out­lets pub­lish lists of most pop­u­lar baby names of the year. Ac­cord­ing to a list pub­lished by Baby Cen­ter (baby­cen­, the top girls’ names in 2016 were (in or­der of pop­u­lar­ity) Sophia, Emma and Olivia, while the top boys’ names were Jack­son, Ai­dan and Lu­cas.

Of the more than 4,100 ba­bies born at Le­high Val­ley Hospi­tal-Cedar Crest so far this year, many of their names fol­lowed these na­tional trends; still, there are some in­ter­est­ing lo­cal dif­fer­ences.

Next sum­mer, as the new Fam­ily Birth and New­born Cen­ter opens at Le­high Val­ley Hospi­tal-Muh­len­berg, ex­pect our new­est com­mu­nity mem­bers to have names de­rived from past gen­er­a­tions and the lat­est en­ter­tain­ment trends.

The top 10 boys’ baby names at LVH, so far, are: 1. Ma­son 2. Liam 3. Tied: Alexander; Ja­cob 4. Tied: Noah; Owen 5. Tied: Ben­jamin; Logan;

Oliver 6. Ryan 7. Ai­den 8. Tied: Ethan; John; Lu­cas 9. Tied: Cameron; Con­nor; Isaac; Jack­son; Jay­den; Ju­lian; Matthew 10. Tied: Dy­lan; Gabriel

The top girls’ names at LVH are: 1. Emma 2. Is­abella 3. Ella 4. Tied: Ava; Char­lotte; Sophia 5. Olivia 6. Abi­gail 7. Madi­son 8. Tied: El­iz­a­beth; Grace:

Mia 9. Ri­ley 10. Aubrey

What a dif­fer­ence 100 years make. Ac­cord­ing to wed­dingven­, in 1916, the top fe­male names were: Mary, He­len, Dorothy, Mar­garet, Ruth, Mil­dred, Anna, El­iz­a­beth and Frances. The same year, the most pop­u­lar male names were: John, Wil­liam, James, Robert, Joseph, Charles, Ge­orge, Ed­ward, Frank and Thomas.

Both lo­cally and na­tion­ally, this year’s most pop­u­lar names have clear ties to pop cul­ture. Ma­son, the most pop­u­lar boys’ name in 2016 is also the name of re­al­ity star Kourt­ney Kardashian’s son. The name first ap­peared on na­tional pop­u­lar­ity lists a year af­ter his birth and de­but on “Keep­ing Up with the Kar­dashi­ans.”

Emma, which ranks #1 in the re­gion and #2 na­tion­ally, ap­peared on pop­u­lar­ity lists for the first time in 2002, the same year Jen­nifer An­nis­ton’s char­ac­ter on “Friends” gave birth to a baby girl who she named Emma. While “Friends” aired its se­ries fi­nale in 2004, the name’s con­tin­ued pop­u­lar­ity likely is be­cause of Harry Pot­ter’s lead­ing ac­tress, Emma Wat­son.

Liam has been pop­u­lar na­tion­ally for the past three years, co­in­cid­ing with the pop mu­sic reign of boy band One Di­rec­tion and their mem­ber turned solo star, Liam Payne.

A new­comer to the list, Alexander, may have been in­flu­enced by the wildly pop­u­lar Broad­way mu­si­cal “Hamil­ton,” about the na­tion’s found­ing fa­ther, Alexander Hamil­ton.

Is­abella and Ella round out the re­main­ing top three fe­male names in the area. While Is­abella has been pop­u­lar na­tion­ally for the past decade, the Le­high Val­ley may be lead­ing a trend with the short­ened vari­a­tion, as Ella has not yet ap­peared in the top five na­tion­ally.

The pop­u­lar names of 2016 bare close re­sem­blance to clas­sic names of the past. LVHN de­sign co­or­di­na­tor, Erin Par­rish, mom of 16-month-old Ella Louise and 4-year-old Nora El­iz­a­beth, said she named both of her daugh­ters af­ter their great-grand­moth­ers in a nod to fam­ily legacy and tra­di­tion.

Le­high Val­ley Health Net­work in­cludes seven hospi­tal cam­puses - three in Al­len­town in­clud­ing the re­gion’s only fa­cil­ity ded­i­cated to or­tho­pe­dic surgery, one in Beth­le­hem, one in Ha­zle­ton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 16 health cen­ters car­ing for com­mu­ni­ties in five coun­ties; nu­mer­ous pri­mary and spe­cialty care physi­cian prac­tices through­out the re­gion; phar­macy, imag­ing, home health ser­vices and lab ser­vices; and pre­ferred provider ser­vices through Val­ley Pre­ferred. Spe­cialty care in­cludes: trauma care at the re­gion’s busiest, mos­t­ex­pe­ri­enced trauma cen­ter treat­ing adults and chil­dren, burn care at the re­gional Burn Cen­ter, kid­ney and pan­creas trans­plants; peri­na­tal/neona­tal, car­diac, cancer care, and neu­rol­ogy and com­plex neu­ro­surgery ca­pa­bil­i­ties in­clud­ing na­tional cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as a Com­pre­hen­sive Stroke Cen­ter. Le­high Val­ley Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, the only chil­dren’s hospi­tal in the re­gion, pro­vides care in 28 spe­cial­ties and general pe­di­atrics. Le­high Val­ley Health Net­work has been rec­og­nized by U.S. News & World Re­port for 21 con­sec­u­tive years as one of Amer­ica’s Best Hospitals. Le­high Val­ley Hospi­tal–Cedar Crest, Le­high Val­ley Hospi­tal–17th Street and Le­high Val­ley Hospi­tal–Muh­len­berg are na­tional Mag­net hospitals for ex­cel­lence in nurs­ing. . LVHN’s Cancer In­sti­tute is a for­mal mem­ber of the Me­mo­rial Sloan Ket­ter­ing (MSK) Cancer Al­liance, a trans­for­ma­tive ini­tia­tive to im­prove the qual­ity of care and out­comes for peo­ple with cancer in com­mu­nity health care set­tings, in­clud­ing ac­cess to key MSK clin­i­cal tri­als. Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at and by fol­low­ing us on face­­work and twit­ LVHN.

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