What were the top baby names in 2018?

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EmmaAvaOliviaHarperAmeliaCharlotteIsabellaElizabethEvelynAbigail*Source: Tennessee Department of Health


WilliamJamesLiamElijahNoahJacksonMasonGraysonJohnOliver*Source: Tennessee Department of Health

Emma has unseated Ava as the top name for baby girls born in Tennessee last year, while William maintains the No. 1 spot as the most popular name chosen for baby boys for the 12th straight year.

Emma reclaimed the girls' top spot, which the name had held since 2011, until overtaken in 2017 by Ava. Evelyn is a new addition to the top 10 list of girls' names for 2018, with Ella dropping from the list. All other names in the top 10 list for girls are the same as in 2017, but have changed in ranking.

Oliver is the new arrival on the top 10 list of boys' names for 2018, with Samuel falling off the list from 2017. All other names in the top 10 list for boys made the list in 2017 as well, but have changed in ranking, with the exception of No. 1 William and No. 7 Mason.

Names chosen for babies are recorded and tallied by the Tennessee Department of Health Division of Vital Records and Statistics. This division registers about 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."