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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 Hazleton, two in Pottsville, and one in East Stroudsburg; 22 health centers caring for communities in five counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the region; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab 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, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in the region, provides care in 28 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Health Network has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for 22 consecutive years as one of America’s Best Hospitals. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. LVHN’s 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. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.