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Geisinger announces top choices for 2020 babies

What’s in a name?

From staff reports

DANVILLE — Welcome to the world, Ava and Liam — Geisinger’s most popular baby names of the eventful year, 2020!

At least, those were the most popular names throughout the Geisinger system. Here in Lewistown, Owen was the No. 1 boys name while Lilian took the top spot for girls.

Liam climbed up one spot from last year and beat Noah to the No. 1 spot for boys. Ava jumped over Emma, Olivia, Harper, Charlotte and Amelia to take the No. 1 spot for girls.

Geisinger welcomed 4,945 babies in 2020 (as of Dec. 21, 2020) and has tabulated the most popular names. Babies are delivered at five Geisinger hospitals in Pennsylvania; along with Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, the facilities are: Geisinger Medical Center, Danville; Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton; Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre; and Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital welcomed 496 babies in 2020 and the most popular names were: girls, Lilian, Anna, Ellie, Paisley and Piper; boys, Owen, Mason, Carter, Layne and William. In Geisinger hospitals around the state, top names were Emma and Liam at the Danville location, where 1,821 births were recorded; Ava and Liam in Wilkes-Barre (1,749 babies); Evelyn and Mason in Bloomsburg (406 babies); and in Scranton, Aurora and Noah among 473 births.

The top 10 baby names across all of Geisinger’s hospitals in Pennsylvania were: girls, Ava, Sophia, Emma, Harper, Olivia, Evelyn, Aurora, Amelia, Charlotte and Isabella; boys, Liam, Mason, Noah, Owen, Oliver, Lucas, Wyatt, Jackson, Carson and Carter.

These results combine different spelling variations of the same name. For example, the ranking for Liam includes variations like Liamm, and Oliver includes variations such as Olliver.

At Geisinger, obstetrician/gynecologists and certified nurse-midwives work together to comfort and care for mothers-to-be and their babies, and expectant moms can tailor their birth plans according to their preferences. Midwives facilitate natural birth plans, and OB/GYNs will be on duty at all hours to intervene when needed.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic contributed toward the change in the way families made decisions in 2020.

“Most people are largely still afraid of becoming pregnant during this pandemic,” said Dr. J. Manuel Arreguin, chief of obstetrics and gynecology in Geisinger’s northeast region. “There’s so much that we are still learning from this virus. Unfortunately, there’s lots of misinformation, too, that dissuades our families from concluding that this is the right time to have more children.”

Visit geisinger.org/PregnancyHub to find out more.

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