Wilton’s most popular baby names are old-fashioned

Yesteryear, meet nostalgia.

It turns out that the most popular names for newborn babies in town are not newly minted arrivals of the 21st century, but vestiges of the 1800s past when Wilton was full of farms and modern times had not arrived.

The most popular girl baby name for 2016 is Emily, according to Town Clerk Lori Kaback. There were a couple of girls given that name, while all the other girls had unique names nobody else had. The most popular boy names were tied, at two each, for Lucas and Tyler. A total of 65 children were born in the first six months of 2016, on track to keep pace with a total 133 born in all of 2015.

There’s been no research done on baby names in town, but Wilton Historical Society Executive Director Leslie Nolan said from the top of her head these popular names seem to be nostalgic.

“Yes, off the top of my head, these seem to be from the turn of the (20th) century,” Nolan said.

She said more modern examples of names she would expect to find among babies today include Ashley and Kelly.

According to the Web site Babble.com, Lucas has become the go-to name for parents who love the name Luke and its meaning of “light,” but not its popularity. As a result, Lucas has surpassed its mentor in the baby name ranks. Lucas also sounds friendlier and more global – two qualities parents seem to be gravitating towards lately.

According to the same website, Tyler soared to baby name stardom in the 80s and 90s. Tyler is one of those occupational names (like Mason and Parker) that refers, obviously, to a tile maker. It’s easy to say, short, and comes with the cool nickname Ty.

The website indicated Emily is currently, and has been for the past few decades, one of the most popular names in America and England. It’s not surprising considering the timeless quality of its name. The British writer Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights, and the American poet Emily Dickinson are just two famous bearers of this name.