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Ohio’s Most Popular Baby Names

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The seventh edition of Community Research Partners’ Data Bytes analyzes birth certificates data from the Ohio Department of Health to explore patterns in baby names at the county and regional levels in Ohio.

Ava and Jacob were the most popular names for Ohio babies born from 2006 to 2008. For babies born to mothers age 35 and older, the most popular names were Grace, Joseph, Jacob, and Olivia. For babies born to mothers age 24 and under, the most popular names were Nevaeh, Jayden, Michael, and Madison.

Data at the county level reveal regional variations in baby names. Michael was a popular name in northeast Ohio and urban counties and was the top boy’s name in Cuyahoga and Franklin counties. Madison ranked high in southern Ohio, while Emma was a top name in northwest Ohio.

The Data Byte also suggests the possible effects of local demographics and local celebrities on baby naming.

The full report can be found here (PDF): CommunityResearchPartners.org

CRP Data Bytes provide a snapshot of a topic of importance to our region and state and address a wide range of social, economic, and community issues.

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