James, Emma CS’s most popular baby names in 2018

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

Oh, do I look forward to writing this one each January: Baby names and numbers that represent how creative – and procreative – our residents were during the previous year.

Before you notice the drop in the number of births from 2017 to 2018, let me explain the main reason for it: College Station Medical Center closed its labor and delivery services in mid-July, which meant almost every baby born here after that was at Baylor Scott & White Hospital. The official breakdown was 1,402 births at Scott & White, 609 at The Med, and 5 home births.

So, here’s the complete data from Yvette Dela Torre, our perennial rock-star local registrar who’s in charge of our vital statistics reporting:

Births Girls Boys Twins Triplets
2013 2,159 1,066 1,093 36 sets
2014 2,460 1,264 1,196 30 sets 1 set
2015 2,494 1,245 1,249 50 sets
2016 2,307 1,206 1,164 44 sets
2017 2,398 1,168 1,230 48 sets 1 set
2018 2,016 970 1,046 27 sets

Most popular boys first names

  • James (14)
  • Jackson (13)
  • Aaron (12)

Jackson tends to stay in the top three, but James displaced Jayden, Elijah, and Noah from last year.

Most popular boys’ middle names

  • James (34)
  • Lee (25)
  • Alexander (22)

James repeats as the top middle name, and Alexander loses a spot. Lee jumped into the top three to replace Wayne from 2017.

Most popular girls’ first names

  • Emma (20)
  • Ava (11)
  • Harper (10)

Emma and Ava swapped places from 2017, but Harper jumps up to replace last year’s third-place tie between Camila and Charlotte. This makes 34 Emmas in two years — a brisk pace!

Most popular girls’ middle names

  • Rose (53)
  • Grace (44)
  • Marie (40)

These are the same three from 2017, but Rose and Grace have swapped places.

Honorable mentions

Last year, I took a deep dive into the entire list of names and, holy moly, was it worth it. Of the more than 2,000 wonderful names from 2018, here are some of my favorites.

“Alexa, what should I name my baby?”

  • Alexa Naelid
  • Alexa Viridiana

Cowboys

  • Duke
  • Maverick Wayne
  • Maverick Layne
  • Ripp Wilder
  • Ryder
  • Trigger
  • Wyatt

Presidents

  • Cleveland
  • Jefferson
  • Kennedy
  • Lincoln
  • Madison
  • McKinley
  • Reagan

There’s even a cowboy-president

  • Abraham Rowdy

Born to be wild

  • Boone Ranger
  • Canyon Marie

Born to be a leader

  • Kaiser
  • Major Sebastian Hayes
  • Militia-Saint
  • Moses

Royalty

  • King
  • Pharaoh
  • Pippa
  • Prince-Alan
  • Royal
  • Sir

NBA all-stars

  • James
  • Joel
  • Kevin
  • Kyrie
  • Lebron
  • Russell
  • Stephen

Namaste

  • Blessing
  • Blyss
  • Cedar
  • Essence
  • Harmoniee
  • Journei
  • Joy
  • Juniper
  • Luna
  • Paisley
  • Serenity

Retro

  • Birdie
  • Evelyn
  • Hazel
  • Lucy
  • Winnie

Fire & water

  • Amina Fire
  • Blaze
  • Brazos Beaux
  • River Wylder
  • Wylder Blaze

Strong character

  • Creed
  • Exzavior
  • Honorable
  • Justyce
  • Kourage Valor
  • Maximus
  • Noble
  • Ryker

The Jackson 5

  • Jackson Henry
  • Jackson Lynn
  • Jackson Howard
  • Jackson Cole
  • Jackson Elliott

They’ve got the moves like…

  • Jagger Patrick
  • Jagger Robert

Too great not to mention

  • Abel Cain
  • Athena Mayhem
  • Jefferson Juan
  • Sackett Fritz

More 2018 birth stats

  • Months with the most births: April (202), May (201)
  • Month with the fewest births: November (105)
  • Day with the most births: April 26 (19)

College Station ended 2018 with an estimated population of 119,871. Will we have enough Emmas and Jameses to push us over the 120,000 mark in 2019?

I feel pretty confident we will.

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About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his 10th 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. A native of Breckenridge, he also serves as past president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


 

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