Parents in the Brainerd lakes area went the more traditional route with baby names in 2013. Names such as Olivia and Emma for girls and Eli and Easton were some of the top names of the year.
Most of them stayed away from more unusual names — or names that some would say are more creative — like celebrities did this year. By now most people have heard that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their baby girl North West. According to Glamour fashion magazine, the baby’s grandmother said, “The way (Kim) explained it to me was that North means highest power and she says that North is their highest point together.”
And then you have Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, who named their daughter, “Luna Encinas,” and Tony Kanal named his daughter with girlfriend Erin, “Saffron Rose Kiran.”
According to nameberry.com, spice names are increasingly appealing to the senses of prospective parents. Saffron, belonging to a precious spice derived from the crocus, has a vaguely orange-scented-incense 60s feel.
The website stated that “Luna” is a strong but shimmery moonstruck name that has been growing in popularity, undoubtedly influenced by the Harry Potter character Luna Lovegood.
Brainerd mother, Stacey Ryan, and her significant other, Jeffrey Hruza, have stuck with traditional names and named all their children after family members.
Ryan gave birth to their fourth child at 11:59 a.m. Dec. 16 at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. They named their son, Jeffrey, after the baby’s grandfather, Jeffrey Allan Hruza.
Names of their other children are Danielle Catherine, 12; Haley Christine, 8; and Zackery Thomas, 7. Ryan said the three children are named after family members in her family. She said all the children have their father’s last name, so she wanted their first name to have a part of her family.
Ryan said Jeffrey was due on Christmas Day, but he arrived early.
“He seems like a nice peaceful baby,” Ryan said of Jeffrey.
The Brainerd hospital had 406 babies in 2013 as of Dec. 16: Of them 201 were boys and 205 were girls.
Brainerd’s top two names were Eli and Liam for boys and Audrey and Cloe for girls. Other top names were Easton and Mason for boys and Alexis, Aubrey and Emma for girls.
Top names differed in Crosby. At Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, which delivered 250 babies as of Dec. 19, top girl names were Olivia and Sophie and the top boy name was Thomas. Other top names were Peyton, Allison, Ellie, Hailey and Isabella for girls; and Owen, Iven, Landon, Jack, Alexander, Calvin, Carter, David, Easton, Gage, Henry, Isaac, Jace and Jaxon for boys.
Lakewood Health System in Staples delivered 456 babies as of Dec. 16 in 2013, compared to 443 in 2012.
Lakewood’s top two boy names were Eli and Emmett and top girl name was Paisley. Other top boy names were Bentley, Isaac and Jack and top girl names were Arianna and Kylee.
Riverwood Healthcare in Aitkin didn’t see any common names chosen by multiple parents. The hospital saw a trend toward choosing more traditional names for both boys and girls. For boys, names included Aaron, Benjamin, Cole, Emmet, Graham and John. For girls, names ranged from Ava, Bella and Emma to Isabella, Valerie and Sadie. The number of babies born at Riverwood in 2013 was 71.