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Harper, William top baby names of 2016 at Sanford Health

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Harper was the most popular name for newborn girls at Sanford Health in 2016, while William topped the list for boys.  Harper jumps to the top spot after not ranking in the top five in 2015. William was the fifth most popular name for a baby boy in 2015. Emma and Jackson were the most popular names across the health system in 2015.

The top-five baby names for 2016 for girls and boys can be found below.


  1. Harper
  2. Nora
  3. Emma
  4. Claire
  5. Amelia and Ava (tied for fifth place)


  1. William
  2. Owen
  3. Isaac
  4. Liam
  5. Noah and Benjamin (tied for fifth place)

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 28,000 employees, including more than 1,300 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.

Shawn Neisteadt

Sanford Health Media Relations

605-366-2432 / shawn.neisteadt@sanfordhealth.org