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Classic and creative picks are top baby names of 2021
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Just 16 minutes into the new year, Essentia Health-Virginia welcomed its first baby of 2022. Brooklyn Suzette Crandall entered the world at 12:16 a.m. on January 1. Brooklyn weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Her mom is Linze Crandall of Virginia. Submitted photos.

Just 16 minutes into the new year, Essentia Health-Virginia welcomed its first baby of 2022. Brooklyn Suzette Crandall entered the world at 12:16 a.m. on January 1. Brooklyn weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Her mom is Linze Crandall of Virginia. Submitted photos.

REGIONAL — Welcome, all the Everetts, Emmas, Ashers, and Hazels that were born in the Northland in 2021!

Regional hospitals have compiled their lists of top baby names of 2021, and they feature a mixture of classics and modern names.

More than seven babies were born per day at Essentia Health’s Minnesota hospitals in 2021, and variety again was the theme when it came to naming the newborns.

Entering the final week of the year, 2,627 babies had entered this world at Essentia’s six hospitals in Minnesota that perform deliveries. That includes 1,469 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth; 434 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes; 386 at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd; 201 at Essentia Health-Virginia; 93 at Essentia Health-Moose Lake; and 44 at Essentia Health-Fosston.

The top baby names for boys born at Essentia Health-Virginia were Everett and Brody, while there was no overlap in chosen girls’ names at the Virginia hospital.

Fairview Range Medical Center welcomed its first baby of 2022 at 4:18 p.m. on January 1. Calvin Terrance Johnston weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 18 and a half inches long. He was born to parents Logan Tuomala and Jeremy Johnston of Eveleth, and was delivered by Dr. John Smith.

Fairview Range Medical Center welcomed its first baby of 2022 at 4:18 p.m. on January 1. Calvin Terrance Johnston weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 18 and a half inches long. He was born to parents Logan Tuomala and Jeremy Johnston of Eveleth, and was delivered by Dr. John Smith.

Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital in Grand Rapids welcomed the most Ashers for boy names, followed by a tie among Jameson, Liam, Declan, Levi and Arlo.

The most popular girls’ name was Laiken, followed by a tie with Emma, Nora, Sophia, and Adalyn. Nearly 380 babies were born at the Grand Rapids hospital in 2021.

The most popular boys’ names at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing were Ezra, followed by a tie between Bo, Bradley, Cody, Elijah, Hudson, Jameson, John, Kayden, Leo, Levi, Mason, Oliver and Theodore. The most popular girl’s name was Charlotte, followed by Harper, Josephine, Oaklynn and Savannah.

At St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, more than 800 babies were born to families from December 2020 through November 2021. The most popular names for girls this year were Hazel (six), and Charlotte, Mila/Myla and Nora (five each).

For the boys, there was a tie for the most popular name. Seven Ashers and seven Olivers arrived at St Luke’s. Parents also got creative with their children’s names, naming tiny new Apollos, Elfriedas, Tillmans and Winnifreds. Other great names included everything from Atlas to Ziibi and some precious little gems like Amethyst and Ruby.

Sources: Essentia Health, Fairview Range, St. Luke’s, Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital.

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