Confession time: When my wife was carrying our first child, I didn’t ease my pre-parental anxiety by absorbing What to Expect When You’re Expecting or some similar advice book. Instead, I read a giant baby name dictionary cover to cover. It may not have given me any practical knowledge about caring for a newborn (diapers!?!?), but the experience did give me an appreciation for the vast – almost overwhelming! – range of options for naming a baby.
New parents face a big challenge: Do they honor the past (using a classic name), fit in with the crowd (picking something popular), or look toward the future (by getting on a new name trend early)? Chippewa Valley parents did a little bit of all of this in 2019.
However, according to compilations provided by the region’s biggest hospitals – Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire and Menomonie, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls – classic sounding names seemed to predominate. The newborn class of 2019 was full of tots with names such as Eleanor, Emily, William, and Jack. Grandma and grandpa – or even great-grandma and great-grandpa – would be proud.
Below are lists of the top names by hospital. Spellings sometimes vary, and numerous names tied in popularity.
MAYO (EAU CLAIRE)
1. William (10)
2. Lincoln (7)
3. (TIE): Carter, Colton, Liam, Wyatt (6)
1. Lydia (8)
3. (TIE): Eleanor, Emma (6)
4. (TIE): Emily, Everly, Sophia (5)
1. Jackson (5)
2. (TIE): Emmett, Nolan (3)
1. Emma (4)
2. Natalie (3)