By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – For their first two days, newborns at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital are known as “Baby Boy” or “Baby Girl” followed by their last names.
“That’s how we record it until they leave,” said Sheila Easter, health information office manager at the hospital. “If they’re re-admitted, we use their given name.”
There’s a chance that given name will be found on the Social Security Administration’s yearly top 10 lists for the nation and for each state.
Madison was the top name for a Mississippi girl born in 2011. That was followed by Emma, Ava, Addison, Olivia, Isabella, Brooklyn, Chloe, Aubrey and Mary.
“I have a granddaughter named Emma Elizabeth,” Easter said. “She was born on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2011. She just made it.”
The most popular Mississippi boy names were William, James, Jayden, John, Christopher, Elijah, Jacob, Mason, Joshua and Ethan.
Joshua Banks Carnathan joined that list on Sept. 7, 2011.
“When I was about seven months pregnant, I was reading the Bible about how the Lord held the sun in the sky for Joshua for almost 24 hours,” said his mother, Amy Carnathan of Saltillo. “It says in the Bible that God would never do that for another man. I knew I wanted a biblical name, and when I read that I just started crying.”
At No. 9, Joshua barely made the state list, and it’s not on Social Security’s national top 10, which features Jacob, Mason, William, Jayden, Noah, Michael, Ethan, Alexander, Aiden and Daniel.
On the girls’ side, the national top 10 are Sophia, Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Ava, Emily, Abigail, Madison, Mia and Chloe.
The health information staff at the Women’s Hospital collects names and puts them on birth certificates. If there are no complications, a newborn likely will leave the hospital in two days, and one of the last events is to make the name official.
The most popular girl names for the past six months at the Women’s Hospital are Bella, Ella, Grace, Emma, Kate, McKenzie, Isabella, Kinsley and Ainsley.
Cooper was the most popular boy name, followed by a combination of Jackson/Jaxon/Jaxston, then Luke, Christopher and James.
After leaving the hospital, kids have the chance to … well … make names for themselves. Joshua Banks’ name might not have anything to do with it, but he has a completely different personality than his 5-year-old brother, John Boston.
“He’s pretty busy. I have to keep him away from things,” Carnathan said. “His brother was never like that. I’ve really had to baby-proof the house.”