Many expectant parents agonize over what to name their baby,
while others name their sons and daughters after a family member or friend. With
approximately 1,000 babies born each year, Hallmark Health System's
Melrose-Wakefield Hospital (MWH) sees its fair share of both unique and classic
names.

For the second year in a row, Ava was the most popular name
for baby girls born at MWH with Isabella and Olivia as the second and third
most popular choices. Joseph came out on top for the boys after coming in at
number two in 2013. The second and third slots this year went to Jayden and
Alexander. The local names differed from that of the top 100 names found on
parenting website babycenter.com, which had Sophia and Jackson coming out on
top. Sophia was number 5 at MWH, but Jackson did not even make the top 10 list.

Here is the full list of the top 10 most popular baby names
at MWH for 2014:

Girls: Ava,
Isabella, Olivia, Audrey, Sophia, Ella, Emma, Hannah, Sarah and Layla.

Boys: Joseph,
Jayden, Alexander, Liam, Mason, Robert, Benjamin, Matthew, Brayden and
Jonathan.

Roseline Giglio, of Saugus, had her son Joseph at
Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in July and said she isn't surprised it was this
year's most popular male moniker.

"I know so many Josephs," she said. "Our family alone
there's three Josephs."

Giglio said her husband chose the name, but added she plans
to call him "Jo Jo."

"It's kind of like a family name," said Giglio. "My husband
wanted to continue the tradition."

To see MWH's 2013 list, visit http://hallmarkhealth.org/Melrose-Wakefield-Hospital-releases-top-baby-names-of-2013.html.

MWH is a Baby-Friendly® birth facility, a prestigious internal recognition from
Baby-Friendly® USA, which encourages and recognizes hospitals that offer an
optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. MWH is one of
only a handful of Baby-Friendly® organizations in Massachusetts.

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