CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) said in a press release Tuesday that Wyoming resident mothers gave birth to 6,232 babies in 2021, an increase from the 6,132 births in 2020.
“Last year was the first in quite some time with an increase recorded in the number of new babies in Wyoming,” WDH Vital Statistics Services state registrar Guy Beaudoin said. “Previously, we had seen an ongoing significant downward trend over several years.”
The highest number of Wyoming resident births in a given year over the past decade was 7,678 in 2015, according to the WDH.
In 2021, Olivia was the most common name for newborn girls in Wyoming. Oliver was the most common name for newborn boys.
The top names for newborn girls in Wyoming were as follows:
- Emma, Evelyn and Harper (tie)
The top names for newborn boys were as follows:
- Owen, Noah, William and Wyatt (tie)
“In addition to family traditions, we know many factors can influence the attractiveness of names over time such as popular movies, television shows or music, or current popular and celebrity culture,” Beaudoin said. “Ultimately, parents make the choice that sounds right to them.”