10 Names Houstonians Just Can’t Stop Giving Their Babies

The list mirrors national trends.

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Houston gave birth to more than 67,000 babies in 2019. And a large number of them were named Emma or Liam — the two most popular names for girls and boys, according to the city’s health department. See below for the top five most popular names for each gender in Houston.

Female: Male:
1. Emma 1. Liam
2. Olivia 2. Noah
3. Mia 3. Mateo
4. Camila 4. Matthew
5. Sophia 5. Jacob


The list mirrors national trends, where Emma, Olivia, Liam and Noah all hold the top spots as well, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration.

In total, the health department says Houston saw 67,422 live births in 2019.

The birth rate in Texas has been falling in recent years, also mirroring national trends. While decreasing, the state’s birth rate remained higher than the national average in 2018, the latest year through which data is available.

The Texas Department of State Health Services released its annual look at birth statistics in November of 2019.

Women giving birth in Houston and other urban areas tend to be older than their counterparts in rural parts of the state, according to DSHS. In 2017, the average age for a live birth in the Houston area was greater than 28 years old, the same as the state average.

The findings include what health authorities called a “historic low” in the state’s infant mortality rate, 5.5 deaths per 1,000 live births. In 2009, Texas saw six deaths per 1,000 live births.

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Davis Land

Davis Land

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Davis Land is Houston Public Media's senior news producer. He leads coverage for News 88.7's morning newscasts and coordinates between beat reporters, newscasters, and the Houston Matters team. Before joining Houston Public Media, Land produced for WBUR's newscast unit and Atlantic Public Media. His work has been heard on NPR's...

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