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WDH released the most common baby names in 2020. Photo: Fé Ngô

WYOMING — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) released findings of the most popular baby names in Wyoming in 2020. Amelia joined Olivia as the most common name for newborn girls, while Liam remained at the top for boys, according to Vital Statistics Services (VSS), part of the WDH.

For girls in 2020, Amelia and Olivia were followed by Harper, Paisley and Ella. Amelia, Paisley and Ella were each new to Wyoming’s top five names for girls. In addition, the longtime favorite name Emma, dropped out of the top five last year.

For newborn Wyoming boys, Liam was followed by Oliver, Wyatt, Logan, and Jackson. Last year, Liam and Oliver tied for first. The other three most popular boy names were not included in 2019’s leading choices.

“Among the many unexpected things we experienced in Wyoming in 2020 were some clear shifts in the names new parents chose for their babies, especially for girls,” said Guy Beaudoin, VSS deputy state registrar with WDH. “Many factors can affect the popularity of names over time such as admired celebrities or family connections, but it comes down to personal choice.”

The number of births among Wyoming residents continued the significant downward trend that has existed for several years with 6,127 in 2020 compared with 6,567 in 2019. The high over the past decade was in 2015 with 7,716 resident births.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.