Olivia, Jonathan top baby names

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— In about 16 years, Olivia might date Jonathan at Steamboat Springs High School.

Olivia was the most popular name for a newborn baby girl at Yampa Valley Medical Center in 2005, hospital spokeswoman Christine McKelvie said. Four local families chose the name for their daughters.

Five local families named their sons Jonathan.

Of the two names, Olivia had more appeal nationwide in 2005 than Jonathan.

According to BabyCenter, a Web site for new and expecting parents, Olivia was the seventh-most popular name for newborn girls in the United States last year. Jonathan did not appear in BabyCenter's top 10.

The most popular 2005 baby names in the country, according to BabyCenter, were Emma for girls and Aidan for boys. Although one Emma was born at Yampa Valley Medical Center, the hospital did not deliver an Aidan last year, McKelvie said.

Several locally popular names were also national favorites in 2005, she added: Sophia, Isabella, Matthew and Joshua each were selected by at least two local families and appear on BabyCenter lists.

Yampa Valley Medical Center: Contact hospital spokeswoman Christine McKelvie at 970-870-1119 BabyCenter online: www.babycenter.com

Health information officials at Yampa Valley Medical Center identified several other interesting naming trends last year, including:

Names for girls beginning with the letter "A." Alexis, Andrea, Arianna and Ashley were selected by three families each.

More repetition among boys' names. Eleven boys' names were duplicated three or more times.

Fewer girls' names starting with the letter "J." Besides the name Josie (also spelled Josee) chosen by three families, only six other names are in this category.

Continued popularity of "J" names for boys, with Joshua, Jeremiah and Jesse coming in a close second to Jonathan in popularity.

Western-inspired names, such as Aspen (one boy and one girl), Cody/Kody (three boys), Dakota, Hac, Shane, Waylon, Weston and Wyatt.

Other popular names last year at the hospital included Grace and Victoria for girls and Alexander, Connor, Levi, Logan, Michael, Thomas and William for boys.

Three hundred and sixty-three babies were born at the hospital in 2005, compared with 386 in 2004, McKelvie said.

Newborn boys substantially outnumbered girls, 199 to 164, meaning Olivia will have more choices on the dating scene than Jonathan when they reach high school. It also could be tough for Jonathan to make the football team, with all the competition, but at least he'll have plenty of guys to hang out with.

June and September were the busiest birth months in the hospital's obstetrics department, with 43 deliveries each, including two sets of twins born in September.

The four warm-weather months from June to September accounted for 43 percent of the entire year's births, McKelvie said.

Must have been a long winter last year.

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