A lot of bundles of joy came into the world in Iowa and local hospitals rounded up some of the most common names that parents had for their new kiddos.

I think we can agree that modern naming conventions can get really out of hand. There are so many unnecessary y's and consonants and people that try too hard to be unique. The worst offender I've seen on Facebook lately was this gem:

Praeigh-Lynn Decemberleigh MacKynnleigh. 

I get double names, I go by 'Sarah Lynn' if I'm in trouble. But that girl won't remember how to spell her name her entire life. And yes, the mom built it up on Facebook as "the name" big reveal, as if we were all on baited breath to hear it.

But luckily Iowa's favorite baby names of the last year are not that 'eigh' heavy.

Iowa Favored Old-Style Names


Local hospitals released the most popular names that parents in the QCA have chosen for their babies and honestly a lot of them sound pretty classic. According to WQAD, here's what UnityPoint Health- Trinity had:

Bettendorf BirthPlace

  • Jack/Jaxon
  • Miles
  • Henry
  • Asher
  • Dominic
  • Sofia/Sophia
  • Elizabeth
  • Mila
  • Camilla
  • Eleanor

WHBF reports that MercyOne found these to be the favorites at their locations:

MercyOne Central Iowa (Des Moines)

  • Liam
  • Henry
  • Isaac
  • Oliver
  • Olivia
  • Scarlett
  • Charlotte

MercyOne North Iowa (Mason City)

  • Oliver
  • Henry
  • Jaxon
  • Hayden
  • Olivia
  • Eleanore
  • Evelyn

MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center

  • Landon
  • Olivia

MercyOne Northeast Iowa (Waterloo)

  • Luke/Lucas
  • Jackson/Jaxon
  • Hudson
  • Grayson/Greyson
  • Sawyer
  • Daniel
  • Ellie/Elliana
  • Maeve
  • Layla
  • Remy
  • Evelyn
  • Serenity

MercyOne Clinton Medical Center

  • Asher
  • Ava
  • Avery

And as a QC bonus, some favorites in Moline BirthPlace:

  • Theo/Theodore
  • Jaxon/Jackson
  • Maverick (is this because of the new "Top Gun"?)
  • Cooper
  • Ezra
  • Sofia/Sophia
  • Adelyn
  • Amelia
  • Olivia
  • Emersyn

Nationally, the top girl name for 2022 was Olivia, and the top boy name was Liam, according to Babycenter.

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