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Tennessee Department of Health says Emma, William lead the polls for Top Tennessee Baby Names

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Tennessee parents have voted and placed incumbents Emma and William at the top of the poll of names chosen for babies born in 2015.

Votes are tallied by the dedicated team in the Tennessee Office of Vital Records, which registers some 240,000 new records of births, deaths, marriages and divorces every year.

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New Tennessee parents followed tradition in choosing names for their children in 2015, with only one new name getting enough votes to break into each list last year.

William has now been the top name chosen for baby boys born in Tennessee for nine straight years.

Emma has been the most popular name for Tennessee baby girls since 2011.

The top 10 names Tennessee parents chose for their new babies born in 2015* are as follows:


  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Harper
  5. Abigail
  6. Sophia
  7. Elizabeth
  8. Isabella
  9. Madison
  10. Emily


  1. William
  2. James
  3. Elijah
  4. Mason
  5. Noah
  6. Liam
  7. Jackson
  8. Jacob
  9. John
  10. Carter

*provisional data

Both the boys’ and girls’ name lists include new candidates in the number 10 spots this year:  Emily collected enough votes to break into the ranking as the number 10 name for girls; Carter is the newcomer as the number 10 name for boys. All other names on the 2015 top ten list are unchanged from the previous year, although some have moved in the rankings.

Data on Tennessee’s most popular baby names are pulled from birth certificates, which are issued by the TDH Office of Vital Records. This office is charged with maintaining the integrity of approximately 15 million records, which can include issuance and amending records such as birth and death certificates and records of marriages and divorces that occur in Tennessee.

The Office of Vital Records processes an average of more than 14,000 requests for such certificates every month, providing service to an average of 650 customers each week. These requests are submitted in person, by mail, online and via telephone; Vital Records staff members handle an average of 15,000 phone calls every month and issue more than 700 certificates every single day. This office registers approximately 240,000 new records of events for birth, death, marriage and divorce annually.

The Tennessee Office of Vital Records is located on the first floor of the Andrew Johnson Tower at 710 James Robertson Parkway in Nashville. Walk-in hours are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm, and Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00am to 6:00pm Central time. Some Tennessee vital records may also be obtained from local county health departments.

Learn more about the Tennessee Office of Vital Records including how you may request these records at http://tn.gov/health/section/vital-records

Tennessee families are also encouraged to visit kidcentral tn, a one-stop shop to connect them with important information and resources provided by state government departments and agencies. The website features a comprehensive directory of state services for children and families. Learn more at kidcentraltn.com.

About the Tennessee Department of Health

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments.

Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health


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