What's in a name?  A lot.  The name we're given when we're born by our parents generally sticks with us for the rest of our lives.  And just like a lot of other things - fashion, foods, activities - baby names seem to come and go; names that might have been popular decades ago seem to vanish with the trends.

Maybe that's why there's so much significance and attention paid by others to what people are calling their newborn babies; people like to follow the trends.

As we get ready to wrap up 2022, St. Luke's Birthing Center has released their annual list of the Top Baby Names within their healthcare system headquartered in Duluth.  The list includes some creative names.

According to the details shared by St. Luke's, "nearly 800 babies were born" in their facilities between December 1, 2021 and November 30, 2022.  Parents chose some creative names for their children.  While the following didn't top the Top Baby Names list, here is a sample of some of the more-creative first names given to babies in Duluth in 2022:

  • Achilles
  • Arrowyn
  • McGregor
  • Novaroo
  • Persephone
  • Pluto
  • Willoughby
  • Zephram

So what names did top that list?  Let's break down the results.

For parents of girls, there seemed to be a general consensus among Duluth parents.  There was a seven-way tie for the second most-popular girl names:  Amelia, Charlotte, Eleanor, Freya, Madeline, Rylee, and Violet.  However, the name that came out on top for 2022 in Duluth - with six babies sharing the same name - was Juniper.

In the boys category, there was also some consensus - at least for the top name.There was a two-way tie for the top baby boy name - with seven Mavericks and seven Hudson's born in 2022.

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

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