FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 059-15
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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Chris Miller/Carolina Rodríguez: Pressoffice@health.nyc.gov
December 29, 2015 – The Health Department announced today that Ethan and Sophia were the most popular baby names in New York City in 2014. Sophia has been the number 1 girl’s name for the last three years, while Ethan emerged as the new most popular boy’s name after holding the second place spot for two years in a row. The Health Department’s birth certificate records showed 740 Ethans and 586 Sophias were born in New York City in 2014. Compared to 2013, there were 1,627 more babies born in the Big Apple in 2014.
|Most Popular Baby Names
New York City, 2014
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Five of the top ten girls’ names from 2013 held their place on the 2014 list. Ava joined the top ten list at number 8, while Madison moved out of the list falling to number 11. Sophia and Isabella held on to the top two spots for the third year in a row while Olivia and Mia climbed to the 3rd and 4th positions respectively. Emma moved two spots down to number 5, while Sofia fell to number 9. Emily, Leah and Chloe maintained their 2013 rankings at number 6, 7 and 10 respectively. For boys, only Michael maintained its 2013 ranking at number 7, while Ethan climbed to number 1. Liam ranked number 3 in 2014 moving up from number 10. Jayden fell from number 1 to number 4 in the list. Jacob and Noah both climbed up one spot from their 2013 rankings moving to number 2 and 5 respectively. Daniel and Matthew moved two spots down and David moved 4 spots down to number 9.
From 2013 to 2014, the number of babies born in New York City increased slightly, up 1.35 percent from 120,457 to 122,084 (62,337 boys and 59,474 girls). Brooklyn saw the greatest number of babies born last year with 41,190 births. Queens came in second with 26,937 births followed by the Bronx with 20,032 births. 18,143 babies were born in Manhattan and 5,255 were born in Staten Island.
We also provide information on free or low cost services for new parents ranging from pre-pregnancy health related issues to offering resources to new mothers for keeping their babies healthy. For more information please visit our website: Pregnancy and Baby Care
The Health Department’s Bureau of Vital Statistics compiles baby name lists from birth certificates and collects other data, including total births by year and demographic characteristics. To learn more about the information gathered from birth certificates, please visit: Vital Statistics