Aiden, Riley CS’s most-popular baby names in 2016


By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

Jackson and Chloe are soooo 2015.

At least, that’s according to the data provided by Yvette Dela Torre, College Station’s award-winning deputy local registrar, who leads our vital statistics reporting efforts and who has grown accustomed to me stalking her around the first of each year.

Thanks to Yvette’s meticulous record-keeping, you can see there were fewer babies born (especially boys) in 2016 compared to the previous year, fewer sets of twins, and some notable changes in the baby name game.

Births Girls Boys Twins
2013 2,159 1,066 1,093 36 sets
2014 2,460 1,264 1,196 30 sets
2015 2,494 1,245 1,249 50 sets
2016 2,307 1,206 1,164 44 sets

Most popular BOYS’ first names

  • Aiden (20)
  • Jackson (16)
  • Jacob, James, Noah (14)

Baby Fact: The top two boy names swapped places from 2015: Jackson (19), Aiden (15).

Most popular BOYS’ middle names

  • James (34)
  • Michael (28)
  • Alexander (24)

Most popular GIRLS’ first names

  • Riley (20)
  • Avery, Emma (15)
  • Olivia, Sophia (14)

Baby Fact: 2015 faves Chloe, Adalynn, and Madison disappeared from the top picks.

Most popular GIRLS’ middle names

  • Grace (75)
  • Marie (52)
  • Rose (33)

More 2016 BIRTH stats

  • Month with the most births (225): August
  • Month with the fewest births (171): June
  • Days with the most births (16): Aug. 1 &  Sept. 19

College Station ended 2016 with a population estimate of 109,895, thanks in part to the Aidens, the Rileys and the rest of our 2,370 youngest additions.

One more quick note about our Yvette Dela Torre: She has led the College Station Vital Statistics Division to back-to-back five-star exemplary awards, the state’s highest honor for vital reporting efforts. That’s a really big deal — only 20 out of 468 offices in Texas earned that designation.

Here’s to a fruitful 2017!


SocolAbout the Author

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his eighth year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. He’s a native of Breckenridge.


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