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Emma, Jackson top baby names of 2017 at Sanford Health

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Emma was the most popular name for newborn girls at Sanford Health in 2017, while Jackson topped the list for boys.  Both names were also the most popular across the health system in 2015.

Emma returns to the top spot after ranking third in 2016. Jackson, also commonly spelled Jaxon, did not rank in the top five in 2016. Harper and William were the most popular names last year.

The top-five baby names for 2017 for girls and boys can be found below.


  • Emma
  • Lillian, Lily
  • Abigail, Abby
  • Nora, Norah
  • Harper


  • Jackson, Jaxon
  • Grayson, Greyson
  • Henry
  • Liam
  • Theodore

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is one of the largest health care systems in the nation, with 44 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and serving the Upper Midwest, with nearly 1,400 physicians, Sanford Health is dedicated to several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. Sanford Health has 28,000 employees, making it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford over the past decade have transformed how Sanford Health can improve the human condition. For information, visit

Shawn Neisteadt
Sanford Health Media Relations
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