CASPER, Wyo — Olivia topped the newborn name charts in Wyoming last year for girls, while Oliver and Liam tied in first place for boys, according to Vital Statistics Services (VSS), part of the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
Harper, Charlotte, Emma and Willow were the next most-popular girls’ names in 2019. Emma had previously been the number one name for three years in a row, according to a WDH release.
Oliver and Liam were followed by Henry, Asher and William (tied), Elijah and Theodore as the most popular names for Wyoming boys.
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“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. He said influences from family connections and popular culture might be a factor.
Wyoming leveled out its downward trend in births with 6,563 babies born to resident mothers during the past year compared to 6,551 in 2018. This followed a decreasing trend from 2015 when 7,716 babies were born to Wyoming mothers.
In 2019, VSS recorded deaths for 5,121 residents compared to 5,069 deaths in 2018. An upward trend in deaths began began in 2015, with 4,744 deaths recorded that year.
The steady increase is likely due to the state’s aging population, according to Beaudoin said.
VSS serves as the official custodian of all vital records in the state. More state statistics and information about the program can be found online at http://www.health.wyo.gov/admin/vitalstatistics/.