Amelia holds on to her title as the most popular girls’ name in Springfield for the third year in a row, while Noah is the new leader for the most popular boys’ name in Springfield for 2021.
Oliver, Springfield’s most popular boys’ name for 2020, slipped down to seventh place for 2021.
“We love meeting all of the moms who come to St. John’s for their child’s birth,” said Jessica Gonko, nurse manager of the women and infants center at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. “This past year was again very different for moms and dads welcoming a new baby into their lives. We are glad we can be here to help them during this new world we are all navigating.”
A total of 21 babies were named Amelia at HSHS St. John’s Hospital and Springfield Memorial Hospital, while 22 babies were bestowed with the name Noah.
“While last year continued to present a very unique challenge as COVID-19 restrictions prevented grandparents, siblings and friends from visiting, our new parents had more time to themselves to bond with their new babies,” said Kathryn Patrick, nurse manager of Family Maternity Suites, the maternity unit at Springfield Memorial Hospital. “We look forward to when we can safely lift our visitor restrictions.”
Rounding out the top 10 most popular girls’ names at the two hospitals in 2021 were Sophia (19), Olivia (14), Ava (14), Addison (9), Everly (8), Nova (7) and, in a four-way tie for eighth place, Lillian, Lyla, Stella and Harper with six girls each receiving one of the names.
The remaining top 10 most popular boys’ names were Jackson and Owen (16 each) in second place, Nolan and Grayson (15 each) in fourth place, Benjamin and Oliver (14 each) in sixth place, Elijah (11) and Sawyer and Archer (9 each) tied for ninth place.