Traditional to Unique Baby Names Chosen in 2022

posted on Thursday, January 12, 2023 in General

Featured Baby Photo - Emersyn (Emmy) Kay Achterhoff, born on August, 16, 2022 to Ethan and Jordan Achterhoff, Spencer Hospital Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Director

The year 2022 represented another fun year in Spencer Hospital’s Birth Center with around 250 new babies welcomed into the world.

“Our birth center team enjoys getting to know each family and being a part of each birth experience,” commented Ann Polaschek, birth center director. “Each baby is special and often we see their personalities emerging from day one, so it’s fun learning what names parents have chosen to go with each child.”

The most any name was used was three times, with three each of baby boys named Charles, Ezra and Tate. However, some names with similar pronunciations yet different spellings were used more than once, such as Colt and Kolt for boys and Kally and Callie for girls.

A few other names that were used at least twice include little girls named Mila, Olivia, Paisley, Paityn and Teagan; and boys who were named Noah, Milo, Lawson, Jack, and Beau.

Traditional names from the first half of the 1900s continue to be popular such as Amelia, Emma, Nora and Hannah making the list for girls, and Ezra, Henry, Jack and Leo on the boys’ list. Popular names from the late 1950s and 1960s are making the list too, including Diana, Elizabeth and Susan for girls and Anthony, John and William for boys.

"We're already off to a great start of welcoming new babies in 2023,” Polascheck remarked. “We're so fortunate to have an experienced group of family practice physicians at Avera Medical Group Spencer who specialize in obstetrics. They provide excellent women's health services before conception, then guidance through pregnancy and delivery, and pediatric care once baby is born.”

She added, “In addition to our great physicians, we also have a team of registered obstetrical nurses that are here to provide outstanding clinical expertise along with facilitating your once in a lifetime birth experience. We invite anyone who is either planning a pregnancy or already expecting a baby to contact us to learn more of our services or arrange a visit."