Liam and Sophia top Wyoming's most popular baby names
Wyatt, Carter and Hunter followed Liam on the Wyoming popularity list for boys in 2013. For girls, Sophia was the top choice followed by Emma, Harper, Olivia and Paisley.
Cheyenne, Wyo. — Liam again topped the list of names that Wyoming parents gave their newborn boys last year.
Liam was No. 1 in 2012, also.
According to the Wyoming Department of Health's Vital Statistics Services Program, Wyatt, Carter and Hunter followed Liam on the popularity list for boys in 2013.
For girls, Sophia was the top choice followed by Emma, Harper, Olivia and Paisley.
How does Wyoming compare with national trends? According to the Social Security Administration, which tracks baby names, Liam was No. 2 in 2013, right behind Noah at No. 1. Wyatt was No. 41 nationally. Carter was No. 32, and Hunter was 36.
For girls, Wyoming parents naming trends followed the national trend. Sophia was also No. 1 nationally. Emma was No. 2 and Olivia was No. 3 nationally. Harper came in at No. 16, and Paisley at No. 80.
The number of births in Wyoming rose last year to just over 7,600. In 2011, there were about 7,300 births.
Also, the average age of a mom giving birth for the first time increased from 24 in 2003 to 25 in 2013.
The rate of first births for women ages 35-39 has also increased in Wyoming over the last decade from 6.3 per 1,000 women to 7.5 per 1,000 women.