Wyoming Shakes Up Trends with 2019’s Baby Names

Written by on May 29, 2020

Statistics say if you had a Wyoming baby last year, it was probably named Olivia, Oliver, or Liam.

Those were the three top baby names in Wyoming in 2019, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s Vital Statistics Services. For girls, Olivia was followed by Harper, Charlotte, Emma and Willow as the most popular names for girls. For boys? Henry, Asher and William (tied), Elijah and Theodore.

While these might be the most amusing trends, Vital Statistics Services has the more important task of following the trends of births and deaths in our state. 6,563 babies were born to resident mothers in 2019, compared to 6,551 in 2018. This is part of a consistent downward trend observed since the last high – 7,716 babies – in 2015.

As births go down, deaths are going up. In 2019, 5,121 resident deaths were recorded compared to 5,069 deaths in 2018. In an interesting flip, the death count is experiencing an upward trend which also began in 2015 with 4,744.

As far as baby names go, 2019 was a bit more unpredictable. The department says things were a lot more shook up than in recent years past. Thanks to all the Olivers, Olivias, and Liams.


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