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New Baby Names – What’s The Role Of Grandparents?


As grandparents we don’t get to choose the names for our grandchildren, even though many times its the grandchild that picks the grandparent’s name.

However, we are influencers and by keeping up with the latest and greatest baby names, we’re in the loop and can share (ever so delicately) with the parents to be. Remember, it’s not your job and you need to be very subtle about suggesting names or many other things. New parents are quite sensitive about their rights and they don’t want grandparents butting into their roles as new grandparents.


The same is true if your adult child tells you a name that they are thinking about for their child or have already named the baby. Never react negatively; don’t laugh or scoff.  The best response is a thoughtful and calm “…that’s interesting.”


Choosing a baby name is one of the first — and most difficult decisions — new parents have to make. After all, the decision lasts a lifetime, and there are so many options ranging from trendy to timeless.

Names.org today released the Most Popular Baby Names in Florida in 2023 based on Social Security Administration data on births and user interest on its website.

For boys, Liam ranks No. 1 followed by Noah and Lucas. Mateo and Dylan are new names in the top 10 this year.

Seven of Florida’s top 10 boy’s names are also on the national top 10 list, the three names unique to Florida are Ethan, Mateo, and Dylan.

For girls, Olivia, Emma, and Isabella top the list. Mila is a new name in the top 10 this year.

Nine of Florida’s top 10 girl’s names are also on the national top 10 list, the one name unique to Florida is Mila.

10 Most Popular Names for Boys in Florida in 2023:

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Lucas
  4. Elijah
  5. Oliver
  6. Benjamin
  7. Ethan
  8. Mateo
  9. James
  10. Dylan


  1. Most Popular Names for Girls in Florida in 2023:
  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Isabella
  4. Sophia
  5. Amelia
  6. Mia
  7. Ava
  8. Charlotte
  9. Luna
  10. Mila

Visit the full report to see the top 50 names.


See unique grandparent names here.


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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