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Mila Irvin, the first baby born in 2019 in Bloomington-Normal, takes a nap on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Some Central Illinois hospitals with birthing centers have released their most popular baby names of 2018.

BLOOMINGTON — Names say something about a person.

That said, here are the most popular baby names for 2018 from area hospitals with mother/baby units. Our thanks to staff members in those units who compiled the lists.

Boys (first through 10th) — Owen, Jack, Oliver, Jacob, Finn, Asher, August, Benjamin, Elliott, Logan.

Girls (first through 10th) — Sophia, Ruby, Cora, Olivia, Ava, Isla, Hannah, Paisley, Stella, Charlotte

BroMenn does not compile lists of most-popular names. But Stephanie Wollenberg, nurse manager in the mother baby unit, said "Liam is probably our top boy name for the year. For girls' names, it seems that Emma and Olivia are still near the top of the list although we did see a resurgence of traditional names like Grace, Nora, Lucy and Hazel."

OSF HealthCare Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac

For girls, Elizabeth was the most popular. The following names were given to two children each: Paige/Page, Serenity, Abigail, Faith, Emily, Adilynne/Adalynn, Izabella/Isabella, Evelyn

For boys, Gabriel was the most popular; Liam, Oliver, Xavier/Xaviar and Logan were given to three boys each; and the following names were given to two boys each — Archer, Silas, Johnathon/Jonathon, Ethan, Alexander, David, Jaxon/Jaxson, Justin, Silas, Remington, Emmitt/Emmett, Dominic, Carter and Bryson.

Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, Gibson City

For girls, Olivia was the most popular, and the following names were given to three children each: Ella, Lily (sometimes spelled differently), Mila (sometimes spelled differently) and Scarlett.

For boys, Elijah, Jaxon/Jackson and Ryker were given to three boys each. Christopher, Connor, Cooper, Jack and Zander/Xander were given to two boys each.

HSHS St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur

For boys and girls combined: Ava, Isaiah, Brielle, Elijah, Hannah, Greyson, Isabella, Isaac, Nova and Jaxon.

Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur

For girls, Ava, Addison, and then the following names were given to three girls each — Madison, Amelia, Hazel, Bella, Hadley, Elizabeth, Grace and Scarlett.

For boys, Carter and Jaxon were tied with five, and then the following names were given to four boys each — Benjamin, Oliver, Graham, Brody, Knox, Bryson, Henry and Greyson.

Birth Center of Bloomington-Normal, Bloomington

"We had two babies named John and two babies named Ryder (male) in 2018," said manager Stephanie Harper. "No other (names) were duplicates."


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Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech

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Health reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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