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Most Popular Baby Names of 2017 in Baton Rouge

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Unique spellings dominate Baton Rouge General’s Birth Center this year

Baton Rouge, LA – In 2017, the most popular names at Baton Rouge General’s Birth Center were spelled in a variety of ways.

Only 30 percent of babies born at Baton Rouge General’s Birth Center in the last year share a name and spelling with another BRG newborn. That’s because even names that sound alike are often spelled many different ways. For example, the second most popular girl’s name of the year came in 5 different variations: Kayleigh, Kai’Leigh, Kay’lee, Kailey, and Cay’Lee.

However, the top spot for both genders were the more traditional Olivia and Owen.

BRG’s top five most popular girl and boy names of 2017 are:


  1. Owen
  2. Kayden*
  3. Aiden*
  4. Oliver*
  5. Jaxson*


  1. Olivia
  2. Kayleigh*
  3. Payton*
  4. Khloe*
  5. Riley*

Last year’s top names were:


  1. William
  2. Alexander
  3. Kaden
  4. John
  5. Josiah


  1. Emma
  2. Ava
  3. Kinsley*
  4. Adelyn
  5. Riley

*all variations

As the area’s only full-service hospital, Baton Rouge General offers critical and emergency care for both baby and mother under one roof. Learn more about the newly renovated Birth Center or sign up for a free tour by visiting or calling (225) 763-4141.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.