The end of the year brings a bevy of wrap-up lists. Top 10 best movies. Top 10 worst movies. Best songs. Most Googled words. The list(s) go on. One of them piqued my interest, however, on a local level: the most popular baby names in Eastern Iowa.

KCRG published a list of the most popular baby names in the Eastern Iowa region. They even narrowed the list down to hyper-focus on specific regions, such as Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Dubuque! The lists were curated by UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's, Finley, and Allen Hospitals, respectively, as they released their most popular baby names for 2022.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Borba, Unsplash
Photo Credit: Jonathan Borba, Unsplash

The most popular boy name in Dubuque in 2022 was Oliver, while the most popular girl's name in Dubuque was Harper. Here are the respective lists, courtesy of KCRG and UnityPoint Health:

The Top 10 Boy's Names in Dubuque:

  1. Oliver
  2. Theodore
  3. Brooks
  4. Beau
  5. Maverick
  6. Jack
  7. Leo
  8. Luke
  9. Eli
  10. Aiden

The Top 10 Girl's Names in Dubuque:

  1. Harper
  2. Olivia
  3. Grace
  4. Luna
  5. Charlotte
  6. Nora
  7. Sophia
  8. Claire
  9. Autumn
  10. Willow

It filled me with joy to see the name Maverick make the top five of most popular boy names in Dubuque. Back in June, shortly after the release of Top Gun: Maverick, it was reported that the name had gained significant popularity in the state of Iowa for newborns. While it didn't make the list for the entirety of eastern Iowa in terms of popularity, it's still very cool to see it land in the top five for Dubuque!

The Top 10 Boy's Names in Eastern Iowa:

  1. Jack
  2. Leo
  3. Brooks
  4. Liam
  5. Oliver
  6. Henry
  7. Hudson
  8. Asher
  9. Theodore
  10. Owen

The Top 10 Girl's Names in Eastern Iowa:

  1. Olivia
  2. Harper
  3. Charlotte
  4. Ava
  5. Violet
  6. Lucy
  7. Evelyn
  8. Grace
  9. Aurora
  10. Sophia

Overall, I'm personally more impressed with the list of girl names than boy names. I find "Sophia," "Aurora," and "Luna" to be naturally pretty names. That said, Maverick being on the list at all is grounds for celebration.

See the full lists, including the most popular baby names in Waterloo, here!

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