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There was a time when we thought—rightly or wrongly– of regional names in terms of stereotypes—prim and proper appellations in New England, sweetly feminissima Southern belles, Tex-Mex cowboys out west. Now, though, it sometimes seems that baby names have become more and more homogeneous across the United States, but if we really peruse the popularity figures for states’ local baby names we do find some regional differences and state eccentricities.

First, a look at which names were in first place and where they ruled:

girls

AvaLouisiana, South Dakota

EmmaAlabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, Wyoming

IsabellaFlorida, West Virginia

MadisonMississippi, South Carolina

Olivia—Alaska, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Utah

SophiaArizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas,  Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Sophia, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

boys

Alexander—Connecticut, Illinois

Anthony—Nevada

Carter—Iowa

JacobArizona, California, New Mexico, Texas

JaydenFlorida

LiamColorado, Vermont

MasonAlaska, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin

MichaelDelaware, New Jersey, New York (among the most conservative states)

NoahHawaii

WilliamAlabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wyoming

The girls, as we can see, are perfectly consistent across the land, with no state having a Number 1 name outside the country’s Top 10.  But with the boys, it gets a little more interesting.  William virtually swept the South for most popular boys’ name; there were 22 states with national Number 2 Mason in first place and only four with top name Jacob—explained by the fact that they happen to be four extremely populous states.  Perhaps most interesting is the fact that national Number 41 Carter is Number 1 in Iowa as well as second in North and South Dakota.  Any local Berries have any explanation? And why is Anthony so hot in Nevada?

Some other regional anomalies in various states’ Top 5, with their national ranks in parenthesis:

Addison (13) ranked in the Top 5 in five states

Lily (15)—Number 4 in Utah

Benjamin (19)—Top 5 in seven states

Brayden (37)—Number 5 in Kentucky

Christopher (21)—Number 5 in Mississippi

David (18)—Number 5 in Texas

Elijah (13)—Number 4 in Colorado and North Carolina

Jackson (23)—Top 5 in four states

James (17)—Number 5 in Tennessee

Jose  (65)—Number 4 in Texas, where Juan also rates high; Jose was for several years top name in Texas

Landon (34)—Top 5 in Louisiana and West Virginia

Logan (2)—Top 5 in six states

Owen (44)—3 in Iowa, 5 in Wisconsin

Parker (79)—Number 4 in Wyoming

Ryan (25)—Top 5 in three eastern states

Wyatt (48)—Number 5 in Maine

And then there are those names that pop up in the Top 20 in one place and nowhere else, such as:

AdrianCalifornia

AuroraAlaska

BlakeMontana

ChasePennsylvania

ColtonWest Virginia

CooperNebraska

EllieIdaho

KaiHawaii

LondonGeorgia

MaliaHawaii

MicahHawaii

Ryker—Utah

SantiagoNew Mexico

SawyerVermont

Were you surprised by the stats for your area?  What names seem to be most popular where you live?

 

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