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Lehigh Valley Health Network Most Popular Baby Names Show A Consistent Trend

Probably not surprising the name Carson is on the rise among boys

What’s in a name? Well, there’s certainly something about Emma. For the third year in a row in 2018, that’s the most popular girls name given newborns at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)−Cedar Crest and Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)−Muhlenberg. Actually Emma tied as the most popular name for girls last year with Olivia. But Emma has claimed or shared the top spot three straight years.

As the year winds down, the trendsetting name on the boys’ side among the more than 4,500 babies that have been born at the two sites in 2018 is Jackson with various spellings. But unlike with girls, Jackson did not appear among the top name choices for boys either of the past two years. Last year, Liam was the No. 1 pick by parents who had a boy and in 2016 the top selection was Mason with Liam coming in second. Oddly enough, Liam doesn’t make the top ten on the list for 2018.

Other top choices for girls in 2018 were Isabella, Olivia, Riley, Harper and Sophia. Popular among boys this past year were Jacob, Logan and Ethan, all high on the list in 2017 and 2016 as well.

One boys’ name that hasn’t shown up on recent lists, but jumped to the fifth spot on the LVH list in 2018 was Carson. No doubt the name’s popularity rose in this region because of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

Here are the lists of the top five names picked among both boys and girls in 2018 and how they compare to the top five selected in 2017 at LVH−Cedar Crest and LVH−Muhlenberg:






Emma, Olivia


Ava, Isabella (tie)

Olivia, Riley (various spellings) (tie)



Charlotte, Madison (tie)








Jackson (various spellings)









Ethan, Jacob (tie)

Looking at another Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) hospital campus, the name trends are a bit different. At Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)−Schuylkill Grayson was the most popular boys name in 2018 among more than 600 overall births. Four other names tied for second: Michael, Carter, Connor and Jordan. Among girls, Scarlet was No. 1 followed by Adelyn and Sophia tied for second and Olivia and Savanna tied for third. A couple of the more unique choices that also were popular in that region included Serenity among girls and Colt for boys.

About 7,000 babies are born each year at five LVHN hospitals: LVH−Cedar Crest, LVH−Muhlenberg, LVH−Hazleton, LVH−Pocono and LVH Schuylkill−S. Jackson Street, where delivery services will transfer to LVH Schuylkill-E. Norwegian Street in mid-January.

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.