WYOMING – The data is in: Emma and Wyatt were the most popular baby names in Wyoming for 2016, according to Vital Statistics Services, part of the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
For the girls, it was more of the same. Emma topped the list for the second straight year. It has been a top 10 favorite for more than a decade. Harper, Olivia, Ava and Elizabeth rounded out the five most popular girl’s names. Ava and Elizabeth were two new entries in the top five this year.
Wyatt is a boy’s name that’s been hovering just outside of the top 10 for years before emerging as last year’s most popular name for boys. Wyatt was followed by Liam, William, Lincoln and a three-way tie of Daniel/Jackson/James.
The big news trend in 2016, however, was the overall decline in births.
“Wyoming births and marriages followed the overall population trend for the state and declined over the last year,” said Guy Beaudoin, Vital Statistics Services deputy state registrar with WDH. In 2016, the numbers of Wyoming resident births decreased to 7,384 which is about a 4 percent decrease from 7,716 in 2015.
Beaudoin noted only a handful of counties (Albany, Carbon, Hot Springs, Johnson, Laramie, Niobrara and Sheridan) held steady or saw increased resident births. The greatest percentage decrease was seen in Washakie (29 percent loss), Sublette (18 percent), Big Horn (14 percent loss) and Converse (14 percent loss).
Records also showed a slight decline in deaths (4,744 in 2015 to 4,706 in 2016). Marriages in Wyoming went down to 4,145 in 2016 from 4,306 in 2015. Divorces increased slightly from 2,443 in 2015 to 2,461 in 2016.