"Emma" unseated as top Tennessee baby name for 2017

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Ava is the new 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 2017. William maintains the number one spot as the most popular name chosen for baby boys in Tennessee for the 11th straight year, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

The top 10 names Tennessee parents chose for their new babies born in 2017* are as follows:


  1. Ava
  2. Olivia
  3. Emma
  4. Amelia
  5. Harper
  6. Isabella
  7. Elizabeth
  8. Charlotte
  9. Ella
  10. Abigail


  1. William
  2. Elijah
  3. James
  4. Noah
  5. Liam
  6. John
  7. Mason
  8. Jackson
  9. Samuel
  10. Grayson

*provisional data

Ava unseats Emma, which until 2017 had held the top spot for names of baby girls born in Tennessee since 2011.

All names in the top ten list for girls are the same as the top ten list from 2016, but have changed in ranking.

Samuel and Grayson are both new additions on the top ten list of boys’ names in 2017. The top two names, William and Elijah, maintained their rankings from 2016. James tied with Elijah for the number two spot in 2016. Dropping from the top ten list since 2016, when there were ties for some rankings for boys’ names, are Michael, Benjamin, Aiden, Jacob and Carter.

Names chosen for babies are recorded and tallied by the dedicated team in the Tennessee Department of Health Office of Vital Records.

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