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Noah, Jordan, top list of most popular baby names in Victoria for 2010

By APRILL BRANDON
Jan. 18, 2011 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 17, 2011 at 7:18 p.m.

Noah Ray Stirneman, 10 months old, sits with his parents in their home Thursday. His name, Noah, was one of the most popular baby names of 2010.

MOST POPULAR NAMES IN 2010(EDITOR'S NOTE: Of the 2,065 babies born last year, there are 1,233 unique names)

NAME COUNT

Jordan 13

Noah 13

Michael 12

Elizabeth 11

Jacob 11

Gavin 11

Isabella 11

Matthew 10

Ethan 10

Avery 10

Emma 10

Ava 10

Tristan 9

John 9

Logan 9

Angel 9

Makayla 9

Aiden 9

Landon 9

Jayden 8

Abigail 8

Carson 8

Audrey 8

Mason 8

Mia 8

Brayden 8

Ryan 8

Taylor 8

source: City of Victoria Birth Records

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Considering that Shaun and Liza Stirneman look at the birth of their son as a blessing from God, it's only fitting that they picked the biblical name Noah for him.

"I remember praying to God that if I have a boy, which I really wanted, I would name him Noah. It was important to us that our child have a Biblical name and Noah stood out among all the other names," Liza Stirneman, 29, said, adding that she got the name from the book "The One Year Bible," which the family reads from every day.

The Victoria couple had some trouble conceiving, so when Noah was born on March 17, it felt like a miracle, the proud father added.

"I believe he is a miracle from God and we are so blessed to have him," he said.

The Stirnemans aren't alone in being drawn to the name Noah. That name was tied with the name Jordan for the most popular baby name in Victoria last year, according to the Victoria County birth certificate index. Both names were split between 26 children born in 2010. There were also seven other spellings of the name Jordan listed as well, such as Jordyn and Jordin.

So just what is it about the name Noah that attracts so many soon-to-be-parents?

"It just sounds pretty," Noah's mom said as she held the smiling 10-month-old.

Among the other most popular baby names were Michael, Elizabeth, Jacob, Gavin, Isabella, Matthew, Ethan, Avery, Emma and Ava, according to the index.

The month with the most births was August with 190, followed by March with 188. The least number of births occurred in February, with 139 babies born. More boys were born than girls, outnumbering them 1,055 to 1,010.

Hispanics had the highest birthrate with 1,183, followed by whites with 735.

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