Lehigh Valley, Pa.,
14:36 PM

Baby Names throughout LVHN Show Similarities

Names often linked to popular culture

Daphne Soleil Mongi entered the world at 10:30 a.m. on June 22 in the Family Health Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital--Muhlenberg, the first baby ever born in a hospital in the City of Bethlehem. And while her Greek first name meaning “laurel,” chosen by her parents Holly and Dustin, of Bethlehem, didn’t make this year’s list of most popular girls’ names, she wasn’t the only Daphne born this year at Lehigh Valley Health Network hospital and probably won’t be the last.

In this, the second consecutive year of top baby names lists at Lehigh Valley Hospital, the top girls’ names of the 4,500 babies born at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)--Cedar Crest and LVH--Muhlenberg matched many of the baby girls’ names in 2016:



1) Emma, Olivia

2) Ava, Isabella (tie)

3) Sophia

4) Charlotte, Madison (tie)  

5) Avery

6) Mia

7) Ella

1) Emma

2) Isabella

3) Ella

4) Ava, Charlotte, Sophia (tie)

5) Olivia

6) Abigail 

7) Madison

Popular boys’ names among LVH babies also were similar to last year:



1) Liam

2) Benjamin 

3) Noah

4) Mason

5) Ethan, Jacob (tie)

6) Joseph, Logan, Lucas (tie)

1) Mason

2) Liam

3) Alexander, Jacob (tie)

4) Noah, Owen (tie)

5) Benjamin, Logan, Oliver (tie)

6) Ryan


Of the nearly 780 babies born so far at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton in 2017, many of the names follow these national trends, though there are some interesting local differences.

The top boys’ names at LVH-Hazleton, so far, are:

The top boys’ names at LVH-Hazleton, so far, are:

1) Liam, Aiden (tie)

2) Noah, Jacob, Alexander, Matthew (tie)

3) Jayden

4) Lincoln, Kayden, Joseph, Dylan, Christopher, Connor, Aaron, Nathan, Sebastian, Gabriel, Ian (tie)


The top girls’ names at LVH-Hazleton are:

1) Sophia

2) Isabella, Gianna (tie)

3) Leah, Natalie (tie)

4) Stella, Serenity, Ellie, Ariana, Zoe/Zoey, Adeline (tie)

Of the more than 1,000 babies born so far at LVH-Pocono in 2017, many of the names follow these national trends, though there are some interesting local differences.

The top boys’ names at LVH-Pocono, so far, are:

1) Mason, Michael (tie)

2) Noah

3) Ethan, Gabriel (tie)

4) Josiah, Joseph, Grayson (tie) 

5) Chase, Christopher, Logan, Bentley, Daniel, Owen, Kayden, Jace, Lucas, Xavier, Colton, Jeremiah, Aiden, Brandon, Jacob (tie)


The top girls’ names at LVH-Pocono are:

1) Mia

2) Layla, Charlotte (tie)

3) McKenna, Olivia, Amelia, Gianna, Savannah, Ava, Emma (tie)

4) Eliana, Isabella, Skylar, Delilah, Victoria (tie)

Of the nearly 670 babies born so far at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill S. Jackson Street, in 2017, many of the names follow these national trends, though there are some interesting local differences.

The top boys’ names at LVH-Schuylkill, so far, are:

1) Mason

2) Zayden, Jackson, Jace, Grayson, Carter (tie)

3) Noah, Logan, John, James, Hunter, Domenick, Daniel, Carson (tie)


The top girls’ names at LVH-Schuylkill are:

1) Adeline

2) Piper, Charlotte, Ava, Alaina (tie)

3) Savannah, Ruby, Paislee, Mackensie, Isabella (tie)

Popular names often have connections to pop culture. Olivia is the name of the main character in Law & Order SVU; it’s also the moniker of one of Taylor Swift’s cats. Sophia could be taken from the name of Disney Princess Sophia the First. Liam is likely a nod to Liam Payne, former One Direction singer and now solo artist. Michael is the name of the main character in the popular TV show, “Stranger Things.”

What a difference a century makes! According to weddingvendors.com, the top female names in 1917 were: Mary, Helen, Dorothy, Margaret, Ruth, Mildred, Anna, Elizabeth, Frances and Virginia. That year, the top male names were: John, William, James, Robert, Joseph, George, Charles, Edward, Frank and Thomas.

About LVHN

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 18 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Special Surgery give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 10,000 procedures performed since 2007. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report for for five consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.