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Noah, Olivia CS’s most popular baby names in 2020

By Jay Socol, Director of Public Communications

Like most of you, my 2020 experiences were often difficult ones. The pandemic, political and social unrest — it was a lot.

You know who increased the difficulty even more? The College Station families who welcomed 1,600+ babies during a year like no other. As if going on safari for toilet paper and hand sanitizer wasn’t enough.

As has become tradition, it’s time to examine the 1,640 names we registered in 2020. Some names invoke hope and strength, while others are a nod to past generations. Then there are those that are delightfully original. Nowhere to be found: Rona, K’Rona or Pam Demic. On behalf of a grateful city, I thank you for that… 

So, let’s dive in!

The following numbers and trends are courtesy of Yvette Dela Torre, our amazing deputy local registrar who handles College Station’s vital statistics (birth and death records) 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  
2019 1,556 772 784 22 sets  
2020 1,640 840 800 21 sets  

Remember that the decline in births that began in 2018 remains attributed to no labor and delivery services being offered at CHI St. Joseph Health College Station Hospital (formerly College Station Medical Center). All hospital births in College Station occurred at Baylor Scott & White Hospital. That will change in 2021, as St. Joes will transition all labor and delivery services from its Bryan facility to College Station.

Most popular BOYS’ first names

  • Noah (9)
  • James, Jackson, Samuel (8) 
  • Benjamin, Elijah, Ezra, Oliver (7)

*Last year’s list: Aiden, Liam and Grayson

Most popular GIRLS’ first names

  • Olivia (11)
  • Emma (10)
  • Ava, Riley, Sofia (9)

*Last year’s list: Olivia, Emma and Harper

More 2020 birth stats

  • Month with the most births: July (166)
  • Month with the fewest births: January (103) 
  • Day with the most births: July 30 (12)
  • Home births: 3

Okay, fam, let’s talk about middle names. Last year, I waggled a finger at College Station parents for their apparent chronic refusal to choose something unique. I mean, look at where we’ve been and where we remain.

2020: Grace, Rose & Marie (tied), Ann

  • 2019: Grace, Rose, Marie
  • 2018: Rose, Grace, Marie
  • 2017: Grace, Rose, Marie
  • 2016: Grace, Marie, Rose
  • 2015: Grace, Marie, Ann
  • 2014: Grace, Marie, Nicole

2020: James, Lee, Michael

  • 2019: James, Lee, Michael
  • 2018: James, Lee, Alexander
  • 2017: James, Alexander, Wayne
  • 2016: James, Michael, Alexander
  • 2015: James, Michael, Lee
  • 2014: James, Wayne, Alexander

Setting that rut aside, here are some 2020 first and middle names that caught my eye and were deserving of some creative categorization.

Reflecting calm during a pandemic

  • Autumn Carolyn Tracy
  • Cherish Lynette Ronae
  • Faith Ann
  • Harmony Evon
  • Harmony Renae
  • Joy Madalynn
  • Juniper Autumn
  • Ocean Grace
  • Serenity Renee
  • Violet Skye

Rockers!

  • Ozzy Sue
  • Hendrix Leigh

Most likely to hit a home run

  • Beau Jaxson
  • Jackie Robinson

Names that also could be commands

  • Chase Michael
  • Chase Josiah
  • Chase Harley
  • Chase Wesley
  • Judge Oliver
  • Judge Wade

Interesting and phonetically nails it

  • Khoopyr Lee (5 Coopers)
  • Linkon Ryder (4 Lincolns)

Y not?

  • Liberti Samone
  • Merci Elaine
  • Triniti Jocile

‘80s primetime television

  • Dallas Jai
  • Dynasti Dan’lya Starr

Thou shalt create a memorable name

  • Moses Stone

But you can call me Rick!

  • Richard Toahere Kanani Kamuela

Will always have the coolest motorcycle

  • Tron Leonardo

Deserving of a throne crib

  • Queen Deity

Yvette Dela Torre’s faves

Remember Yvette, our deputy local registrar? This year, I asked for her favorite names among the 1,640 on the list. Her answers not only made me realize I should’ve been doing this all along, but also because it reveals her current obsession with Vikings and the Outlander book series.

  • Aoife: Irish Gaelic: Beauty, warrior princess
  • Athena: Greek goddess of wisdom and war
  • Braven: Brave to be born during a pandemic!
  • Calum: Scottish Gaelic: Dove
  • Freya: Noble lady; Norse goddess of love and fertility

Thanks to all the Noahs and Olivias, College Station ended 2020 with a population estimate of 124,710.

Oh, one more thing from Yvette: She tells me that January 2021 is showing big numbers for babies born in College Station. Think there might be a Pam Demic or a Charmin Purell among them?

 


About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his 12th 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 president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


 

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Podcast: How tourism can fuel business recovery

For the first time since the pandemic changed everything, I interviewed Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz. In spite of the local, state and federal funding put into the hands of local businesses, we still lost far too many.

So, now what?

In this episode of All Up In Your Business, Natalie talks about her dual role of supporting local businesses while aggressively working to bring in more jobs that diversify College Station’s economy. She also explains how her office’s brand-new tourism division aims to bring people to College Station at a time when there is still a reluctance to travel, attend events, and visit destinations.

This episode also features Economic Development Manager Aubrey Nettles, who is leading a holiday campaign to make College Station the Christmas destination in Texas, thanks in large part to a strategic partnership with Santa’s Wonderland. 

Nat finishes up with a few fun biz updates on things coming soon to College Station.

All Up In Your Business is available via Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Please subscribe, rate, and recommend!

Have a suggestion for a future topic or interview, or just want to say hi? Send to jsocol@cstx.gov  

 


About the Blogger Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his 11th 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 president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


 

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Happy 82nd anniversary, College Station!

By Jay Socol, Director of Public Communications

Happy 82nd anniversary, College Station!

On Oct. 19, 1938, area residents overwhelmingly voted 271-39 to incorporate as a city after a petition was initiated several months earlier.

To that point, College Station had been the simple name of a train station mail stop since 1877, a year after a small, rural college opened its doors near the railroad tracks. But the members of the growing community dreamed of more.

Among the many fabulous finds in College Station’s Project HOLD (Historic Online Library Database) is imagery of that original visionary petition. You can see the envelope dated March 24, 1938, and the petition addressed to the Honorable County Judge of Brazos County, Texas, that references June 2, 1938.

The petition expressed the desire of the undersigned to call an election about incorporation. The unincorporated town, it read, “contains six hundred inhabitants or over…” An accompanying hand-drawn map of the “Proposed City of College Station” reflects “A. & M. Colledge [sic],” two rail lines, “New Hwy No. 6” (now Texas Avenue), “Zoo Lake,” and “Creamery.”

The signatures on the petition include many who became the first chosen and, later, elected leaders of this new city, including Binney, Jones, Gabbard, Langford, Long, Lipscomb, Orr, Munson, Quisenberry, Patranella, and Kemmerer.  

The documents are a reminder of the profound changes that can occur within a generation or two. In 1938, A. & M. College of Texas had 5,582 students. Today, enrollment at the flagship campus of Texas A&M University is 65,684, and College Station is the 20th fastest-growing city in the United States.

Other recent accolades for College Station include being among the top U.S. cities for best public schools, best cities to raise a family, best college towns, and best cities for business, careers, household income growth, and economic advancement.

Here’s to the next 82 years!

 


About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his 12th 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 president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


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Podcast series explores city’s FY 21 proposed budget

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

After a multi-month, coronavirus-inspired break, the All Up In Your Business podcast is back with a special miniseries: Four episodes that focus on College Station’s Fiscal Year 2021 proposed budget.

We’re calling it All Up In Your Budget.

Fiscal Services Director Mary Ellen Leonard joins me to dissect and explain the city’s 330-page budget document, including changes caused by COVID-19, how sustainable we think those are, and what it means to our residents. This budget year is like no other, and we want to make sure residents and taxpayers understand what’s in it, what’s not in it, and why. (more…)


All Up In Your Business: Dallis family / Burger Mojo

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

The Dallis family has operated some of the most iconic food and beverage destinations in College Station. Cafe Eccell may be their best-known restaurant, but they recently entered the highly competitive burger market through their new concept Burger Mojo.

In this episode, Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz and I talk to Costa and Andreas Dallis about their legacy of business ventures and how difficult it is to remain relevant in a fast-growing, student-driven community. They even explain why they believe a burger joint in close proximity to so many other burger joints has a solid chance.

Meanwhile, Natalie also discusses the importance of redeveloping older commercial areas in College Station, and how her office has seen early success and is continuing that focus.

All Up In Your Business is available via Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Please subscribe, rate and recommend!

Have a suggestion for a future topic or interview, or just want to say hi? Send to jsocol@cstx.gov

 


About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his 11th 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 president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


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All Up In Your Business: Walk-On’s

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

Who better to open a Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux in College Station than a former walk-on to the Texas A&M football team? Cory (’08) and Jenny (’01) Davis are poised to open their business in south College Station — their first foray into the restaurant business — and talk about how College Station was the only city they ever considered for such a major endeavor.

Also in this episode, Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz and Communications Director Jay Socol talk about how the City of College Station sometimes spots opportunities to help new businesses or developers find just the right location for whatever they want to bring to the market.

Finally, Nat shares updated info on some additional restaurants under development in south College Station or, as Jay calls it, “SoCol.”

All Up In Your Business is now available via Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher.

 


About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his 11th 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 president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


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