Emma, William

Emma has unseated Ava as the number one name for baby girls born in Tennessee, rising to the top of the list of the most popular names for babies born in 2018.

William maintains the number one spot as the most popular name chosen for baby boys in Tennessee for the 12th straight year.

The top 10 names Tennessee parents chose for their new babies born in 2018 are as follows:

Girls — 1. Emma; 2. Ava; 3. Olivia; 4. Harper; 5. Amelia; 6. Charlotte; 7. Isabella; 8. Elizabeth; 9. Evelyn; and 10. Abigail.

Boys — 1. William; 2. James; 3. Liam; 4. Elijah; 5. Noah; 6. Jackson; 7. Mason; 8. Grayson; 9. John; and 10. Oliver.

Emma returns to the top spot for names of baby girls born in Tennessee, which she had held since 2011 until overtaken in 2017 by Ava. Evelyn is a new addition to the top ten list of girls’ names for 2018, with Ella dropping from the list since last year. All other names in the top ten list for girls are the same as in 2017, but have changed in ranking.

Oliver is the new arrival on the top ten list of boys’ names for 2018, with Samuel falling off the list since 2017. William has been the most popular name chosen for baby boys in Tennessee since 2007. All other names in the top ten list for boys made the list in 2017 as well, but have changed in ranking with the exception of Mason, which also ranked at number seven last year.

Names chosen for babies are recorded and tallied by the dedicated team in the Tennessee Department of Health Division of Vital Records and Statistics. This division maintains the integrity of approximately 15 million records, including issuance and amending records of births, deaths, marriages and divorces in Tennessee. Team members process an average of more than 42,000 requests for these certificates every month. Requests are submitted in person, by mail, online and via telephone. Vital Records and Statistics staff members handle an average of 8,500 phone calls every month and issue more than 2,100 certificates every single day. This division registers approximately 240,000 new records of events for birth, death, marriage and divorce each year.

“All Tennessee county health department locations can provide copies of birth and death records, offering an important convenience for Tennesseans,” said Office of Vital Records Director Gray Bishop. “We remind new parents to make sure they have a copy of their child’s birth certificate before filing their 2018 income taxes so they can claim the exemption for the new additions to their families.”