Mankato welcomes first baby of New Year

January 08, 2016

MANKATO, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System today announced the birth of the first baby of the New Year in its Mankato hospital.

Serenity Adams, a girl, was born at 9:20 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, to Stephanie Gronewold of St. James, MN. Serenity weighed 8 pounds, 9.1 ounces and was 23 inches long at birth. She has an older brother, Braxton, age 2.

There were 1,455 babies born at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato in 2015. That compares with 1,502 births at the medical center in 2014. The highest total since the organization began keeping records occurred in 2006, with 1,636 that year.

The most popular names for babies born at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato in 2015 were Emma, Isabel, Olivia and Madison for girls and Liam, Jaxson and Mason for boys.

According to the Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records, the most popular names for babies born in Minnesota in 2015 were Olivia, Emma, Evelyn and Ava for girls and Jackson, Henry, Liam and Oliver for boys.

According to, the most popular names for babies born in the United States in 2015 were Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Ava and Mia for girls and Jackson, Aiden, Liam, Lucas and Noah for boys.


Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.

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