(Phoenix, AZ) -- The Arizona Department of Health Services is releasing a preliminary list of the most popular baby names in Arizona for 2018. Department Director Doctor Cara Christ says the most popular girl name so far in 2018 is Emma. Liam takes the number one spot for boys names. The top five names for boys are Liam, Noah, Sebastian, Oliver, and Benjamin. With a few days left in 2018, the final list will be released in February. The girls names in the top five are the same as last year, but some changed places on the list. They are Emma, Olivia, Mia, Isabella and Sophia.
Throughout each year, the Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Vital Records is busy registering and issuing vital events in the state of Arizona. This includes birth certificates, which is the official source of top baby names. The official count of the year’s top baby names will be verified and posted online at azhealth.gov in February 2019.