Baby Name Popularity: How local is it?

We look at the national name statistics and somehow start to  assume that Isabella and Jacob are the top names all across the country.  But then we look at the state stats and see that there very much still are local preferences. 

For example, Carter, which is Number 50 nationally, is in second place in Nebraska and third in Iowa; Wyatt (60) is Number One in Wyoming (Wyoming/Wyatt?), Owen (50) is third in Vermont and fourth in Maine, and for girls, Brooklyn (37) has relocated to Utah, where she’s Number Three.

So our Question of the Week is a two-parter:

Are there any names near the top of the Social Security list that you never hear in your neighborhood/city/state/country? (Please identify where that might be.)

Are there names that seem absolutely epidemic where you live, but are not as popular elsewhere?

Any explanations?

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BrittanyM Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 1:45 am

Chase is incredibly popular here in PA, almost certainly due to Phillies 2nd baseman Chase Utley.

Charlotte Vera Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 2:35 am

Here in BC (British Columbia) it seems you can’t take two steps without stumbling over a toddler named Liam. I know the name is on the rise across on the US and Canada, and is higher up on the lists in Canada, but only in BC is it at #2 — and possibly climbing. It’s gotten to the point where if I see a two-year-old boy I’m almost inclined to call him Liam without even asking his parents what his name really is.

Persephone Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 5:14 am

We never hear Jayden, Logan or Alexis. There are many children called Felix, Hugo, Sebastian (this must be #1 in our area) and all kinds of girls’ names like Juniper and Isis.

My argument has always been about locality – when we called our kid Felix which was #380-ish on our national charts, we never dreamed it’d be hugely popular in our area. We don’t mind now but it was a bit of a shock at first!

chakrateeze Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 6:53 am

Even though Aaron (and I’d never met anyone named that in 1989 when I choose it for my son) has been in the top 50’s for the last two decades, I have only heard of maybe a handful of other kids in Memphis called that. Plenty of Erin’s, though.

Sellons Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 7:05 am

I live in Nova Scotia and Brody is becoming really popular here. I know two people who in the last year named their sons Brody. And Liam’s been popular here for a long time. Carter is also so popular here. For girls Isla is so popular. It seems like every other couple who has a daughter is choosing Isla for the name.

Claire Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 8:26 am

I’m in eastern South Dakota and Kadence and Hadley for girls is quite popular, as well as Hudson and Caden/Kaiden/Caiden (et al) for boys. Isaac is also getting trendy. I really thought Hudson and Hadley were one offs, but once I met 3 kids with it, I realized it wasn’t. I have NO CLUE why any of these names are catching on, but they are! Of course, with such a small population, it doesn’t take many kids to take over the popularity list 🙂

Lola Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 9:10 am

I’m near Boston and hear lots of Irish names (no surprise there) Fiona & Maeve are *everywhere* for girls, Finn (and similar), Conor & Duncan are ones I hear a lot.
In my neigborhood there are now 3 Lauras, besides me. All between 2 & 8. I’ve never seen this many of my name in one place before! (not even H.S.)
Jacob & Joshua are also all over in my neighborhood for boys. The girls seem to be more varied. I hardly ever hear repeats (besides those Lauras)!

JLS123 Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 9:17 am

Here in NY Isabella is starting to really bug me. Every little girl is Isabella, Issy, Belle, Bella. It’s NY I would think there would be a more variety in names, but I guess not. Michael is #1 here too, this name is so dated, I wish people would give it a rest.

sadiesadie Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 9:36 am

Michael and William are very popular here. Benjamin as well. For boys.
Isabella, Abigail, Hannah and Grace are being used by at least three girls each in my neighborhood.
We don’t seem to do too trendy here so when one comes along they really stand out.

Emily Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 10:23 am

I live in TX and teach at a very small private school (only 1 class per grade level…SMALL) and you would think with so few students I wouldn’t have repeats but I do. In pre-k 4 I have 2 little girls named Ava and 2 named Isabella and a “Bella” in pre-k 3. Grace is also popular at my school. With boys I have an Andrew in every class and a Jaden, Jalan, Caden in nearly every class.

Vikki Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 10:36 am

I live in SC. Hunter is incredibly popular for boys and Hayley for girls.

Stefania Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 10:53 am

I am curious as to whereabouts you live, because I am from just outside Boston too, and I don’t see any of those name trends you described! So funny. I will agree with you in that I do see a heavy Irish trend on the boys side (Liam, Connor, Colin, TONS of Bradys…maybe because of Tom), but I am yet to meet any Fionas or Maeves. With the girls, I think Sofia/Sophia/Sophie is the most popular name around here (literally, every baby girl I meet has some variation of that name), around with Ella, Ava, Olivia and Madison.

Jade Diana Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 11:08 am

Here in Massachusetts Irish and Italian sounding names always seem to be more popular here than on the SSA list. For example, Maeve lately has taken off. She’s on the state’s top 100, but for the country she has barely broken 600. Megan/Meagan/Meghan/Meaghan/etc., Siobhan, Bridget, Gianna/Giana, and Julia seem to be consistently more popular for girls. While Owen, Brandon/Brendan, Brian, Ryan, Anthony, and Conor/Connor seem to be it for boys.
As for current trends (I teach at a dance studio, so I spend a significant amount of time around younger kids/new moms) they seem to lean toward LN for FNs with Avery, Presley, Harrison, and Jackson seeming to be the most popular. The -ella and names with a “v” have taken off too. In the last five years I have not had an under 5 class without a: Ella, Bella, Isabella, Isabel, Stella, Ava, Eva, Eve, Evie, or Avery. Had a Stelliana once too. Uggh.

Vanessa Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 11:39 am

I live in a suburb of Kansas City. For boys we are saturated with -adens;
Aidan, Brayden, Cayden, Jayden, Hayden, and many variations of spelling. Their are a lot of C and K names for boys also. Two close friends chose Jacob/Jake this year, and they are the only boys born this year that don’t end in -on, -an, or -en. One odd trend I’ve noticed but I don’t know any personally is Xavier is climbing the chart rapidly. I attribute it to KU Basketball fans. For girls it’s any variation of Em; Emily, Emma, Emmy, Emerson, Emmaline. Lots of A names; Ava, Addison, Addelyn, Adriana, and some interesting spelling variations. And Lily is still holding strong here, I know of 3 variations born this year.

L. Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 11:57 am

Everybody in my college’s alumni magazine is naming their kids Henry, Ella, and Margaret. Everybody I know on facebook and at work is choosing Sofia/Sophia and Ryan/Rylan/Ryland.

annabelle Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I recently lived in southern Michigan for a while, and it seems like there were not very many little girls with -a ending names.. Didn’t know a single Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava or Ella.
Plenty of Emily’s, Madisons, Abigails and Alexises though.
For boys, it was either Jacob or Michael, Ryan or Aiden. Never heard of a single kid named Alexander, William or Jayden (even though it sounds so much like Aiden!).

Mel Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Here in Alabama, Grace is the default middle name– I can’t believe it isn’t higher on the national lists! Every baby girl I run into is Something Grace; it makes me crazy. Also, the -ella names: last month I went to a birthday party (for Grace) and out of the 12 or so attendees, there was a Stella, Ella, Bella and Isabella. I could have gagged.

Two_In_Tow Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Before our daughter was born, I looked through all the names of babies born at the hospital at which I was to deliver for that year. From that, it seems that Peyton/Jaden/Caden/Brayden/Hayden and all their various spellings are very popular in our area (just outside of Cincinnati, OH) for both genders. I’ve also noticed a lot of Madisons, Rileys (for girls), Hayleys, and Emmas. Also, a ton of Jacobs.

CC Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I live in North Alabama, and it seem like anything ending in -ley for girls is really popular. I know of at least 5 Harleys, and I’ve heard Jayley, Brinlee, Brileigh, and Arley. Not to mention all the Kaylees, Haileys, Baileys and Rileys.

Ashley Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I live in Tennessee and here William and Emma were the number one names for 2OO9, though I have yet to meet any of these little Williams’. I suppose the numbers don’t lie. I have seen my fair share of Emma’s. Whereas, I only know two Isabella’s, one in 1st grade and one in highschool. I know a TON of Jacob’s but most are much older children, about highschool aged. Savannah and Landon seem to be taking off around my community.

olivegreen Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I live in Atlanta and it seems as if half of the boys under 2 are named Oliver, Henry, William/Liam, or Jack. For girls, I hear a lot of Sophie/Sophia, Isabella/Bella, Chloe and Ava. But I hear Amelia and Charlotte the most. I was positive Amelia was going to break the top 50 for 2009 (I’m sure she will for 2010). I’ve also heard several Vivians, Leahs, and Annabelles over the past year–I think those will make a jump next year as well. Names like Milo and Felix (two of my faves), Flora and Estella are fairly common here, too.

Alecia Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Here in Atlanta you can’t walk two feet without stumbling over a little girl named Ansley. It’s VERY popular. We have an area called Ansley Park, so maybe that’s its origin?

Kitty Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Here in DC, where the population is insanely diverse and practically no names go unheard of, almost all of the most-heard names are in the top 50 for the nation. Kaitlyn, Rachel, Sarah, Ashley, Victoria, Hannah, and especially Emma seem so dull after a decade or so at the top but just refuse to lose their drive here. Also, half the boys you’ll meet will be Alex or Michael. I loathe the lack of creativity around here, but every once in a while you’ll stumble upon something odd.

ycw Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 1:48 pm

‘m in central MA and for a while it seemed like all the kids I met while out and about were Aidan or Amelia. Hannah and Abigail seem common too (my daughter is Hannah).

juniper_and_spice Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I’m surprised that all of the Aiden variations aren’t more popular in my home state (or at least on the statistics). Every corner you turn, you here of Braden, Jaden, Caden, Zaden, etc. Maddisons and Addisons are a dime a dozen it reflects quite nicely on the census.

Foodie Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 2:13 pm

My sister is named Abigail, which was fairly popular in Illinois where we lived. There were 5 or 6 Abbys at her school. We moved to Michigan this summer and no one at her highschool had heard of the name Abigail.

Jennie Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I live in Utah and the Brooklyn thing doesn’t surprise me at all. However, I don’t think it’s because of the name itself. People here LOVE the letter “y.” They specifically make-up names, just to include one: Taylyn, Kynlie, the list goes on and on. Another trend is to insert “y”s into existing names just because: Morgyn, Londyn, etc. The least offensive of these is to use names that already have “y”s in them: Peyton, and, of course, Brooklyn.

Hopefully that helps shed some light on the phenomenon.

Kayt Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 2:57 pm

In the Denver Metro area, I know three Devins that were born in 2009, and six kids whose names rhyme with Aidans in the last three years. When my son was born two years ago, he was in the nursery with two Ryans and a Chiyenne. Still not sure if that last one was Cheyenne or Chee-en or something else.

Madi Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I have yet to meet an Aidan in St. Louis, but mini Wyatts, Carters, and Jacksons seem pretty popular.

Lola Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Stefania: I’m a bit less than a half hour from Boston but am in Boston almost every day. Ycw, You’re probably a half hour west of me!

And yep, Maeve is heard everywhere! The kindergarten in Josie’s school has 2 of them this year, as well as 3 Fionas! (and yes, I’m still thrilled that Josephine’s the only one in the whole school!)

Brooke Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I live in a smaller city in IL and all I hear are the -aydens for boys
I know TONS of Aidans, Cadens, Bradens, Brady’s, Cade’s as well as Jack/son. There are alot of those too.
I know several Chloes, Madisons Addisons, Katelyns, Lilly’s, Ellas, Sophie’s and Alexises and Taylors for girls!

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Curious where Persephone lives? Those names sound very familiar to this Brooklynite.

Default boy’s names in Brooklyn are Max and Henry. L or the “elle” sound is the hot thing for girls.

Vanessa Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I’m in north Houston, and I have yet to meet an Ella. I couldn’t swing a stick without hitting a Mason, though. I know six under age 2.

linda Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Hey–how about all you berries outside the US? What names are super-popular where you are?

Isabel Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 5:26 pm

In my area, I hear a ton of Emma’s, Sophie’s, Hannah’s/Anna’s, Olivia’s, and Grace’s. Not so many Isabella’s as Isabel’s and Isabelle’s ( 🙁 for me) and Madeline is much more popular than Madison. We have many more Emma’s than Emily’s. Also, there are virtually NO Alexis’s, but there are many Alexandra’s who have the popular nn’s Alex, Ali, & Lexi.

So it’s weird- the variants of popular names (not that Emma’s not popular, it’s just that Emily is supposedly much more popular for my age group) are more widespread than the *actual* SSA popular names! Isabelle instead of Isabella, Alexandra instead of Alexis, Emma instead of Emily…

I’m also hearing Lily/Lilly a lot lately. And for the boys, barely any Jayden/Hayden/Brayden’s, but a lot of Ben’s, Sam’s & Liam’s.

Isabel Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Oh and my sister’s kindergarten class has 3 Timothys- you never know!

Scibeira Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I have a ton of Sophia’s here, West of Boston. Ava, Ella, Gabriella, Gracie, Elizabeth all popular for the girls….and Lots of Hayden, Cayden, Brayden, Aidan for the boys, I don’t know why people keep using these names for the boys! Stop already! Also see a lot of popular names used for dogs in our area.

April Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Kaden is an epidemic in north Florida. Mason is another trendy name for boys. One of my friends swears Mason and Jackson are the go to southern names around.

Girl names that I hear all the time are Talia/Thalia, Arianna, Emily, and Madison. We only have one Isabella in our whole school.

Jade/Jada/Jaydin/Jayla is hot here too.

Olivia Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 6:43 pm

I live in BC and there are a ton of Anna’s and Liam’s. Not sure if this is related at all but I heard two young ‘Merlin’s being called by parents in the span of a month. I also hear my own name eeeeverywhere.

Sarah Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 6:59 pm

I live near Toronto Ontario in Canada and I find that names here fit right in with the hugely trendy names. I work and volunteer around kids.. so this should be pretty accurate!

But take into account, I’m in a small town, wildly different trends from Toronto I imagine.

Every boy under the age of 4 is Aiden, and if not than he is probably Benjamin or Liam.
Every girl is Olivia, Madison or Ava.

olivegreen Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Alecia, your comment made me think–we’re both in Atlanta, yet I don’t know a single Ansley! I guess this naming thing really is local (down to the neighborhood).

olivegreen Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Alecia, your comment made me think–we’re both in Atlanta, yet I don’t know a single Ansley! I guess this naming thing really is local (down to the neighborhood). Or maybe I just need to get out more 😉

olivegreen Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Blar–sorry for the double post.

auburn Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 10:35 pm

The status in London, England (or how it differs from the US, at least):
There are a lot of baby Alices, Charlottes and Freyas, and quite a few Harriets. There are even more baby girls named Evie, or combinations using the name, e.g. Evie-Mae, Evie-Rose, Evie-Lily. Sophie is still favoured over Sophia, and Jessica still crops up quite a lot.

For boys, Oliver is king, with a lot of Jacks thrown in for good measure. Some really unusual names are cropping up more and more among upper middle class Londoners – Cosmo and Rollo being notable examples. Hugo’s enduringly fairly popular, too, so I wonder if there’s something about -o names. The classics are still popular, too – Edward, Alexander etc. Oh, and Alistair – a lot of Alistairs, although more children than babies.


Jennifer Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I’m an hour west of Toronto, Ontario. Last year I nannied for 3 little boys, so I met a lot of kids. I had an Ethan and at the park I’d always hear other people calling out at their rowdy Ethans too. I named my puppy Keira only to meet 3 girls under the age of 4 with the name in the same neighbourhood! For boys, Ryan’s really popular, and I hear “kay” names for girls (Cadence, Kayla, Kaylie etc). Oh, and I know 3 Noahs born in the last year (one last month and one last week!).

greenmk Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 11:14 pm

My college’s alumni magazine is full of Wren as a middle name and Lillian as a first. I love Lillian but am having second thoughts. I went to school in Washington state.

Dove14 Says:

December 23rd, 2010 at 10:58 am

Well here in Northern MN Liam seems to have taken over for Aiden (the Aiden/Caden/Jaden set is mostly 3 or 4 years old now. I know 5 Liams that are 2 and under). Noah is also hugely popular.

For girls Ava, Sophia, Olivia, Emma and the like are rampant, but Ella is definitely queen. I know 7 little girls either named Ella or that go by Ella/Ellie.
The biggest trend I’ve seen is L- and E- names (or, in many cases, E- names with L’s in them). Eli, Elijah, Elliot, Emmet and the like for boys, and Lily and any Ella- name for girls.

You can also pretty safely assume that any baby girls born here will have Rose, Grace, Elizabeth or Marie as a middle name.

wayland Says:

December 23rd, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I live in a funky small town in upstate New York, and our baby names swing toward the hippie side – I know two Orions, two Hickorys (all boys) and two Azaleas (girls)!

Filipa Says:

December 23rd, 2010 at 1:56 pm

In Portugal, these are the trendy names:

Girls: Beatriz, Leonor, Matilde, Carolina, Benedita
Boys: Martim, Rodrigo, Rafael, Tomás, Vicente

They do sound really good in portuguese, so i wish they were all less popular…

Lyndsay Says:

December 23rd, 2010 at 2:08 pm

In Orange County, CA I would say the number one boys name is Isaac. It honestly got to the point where I was shocked if someone told me their 1-2 year old wasn’t named Isaac. Second is Chase, very popular among upper class blondes (no seriously, every Chase I’ve met has been blonde). And then Caden/Aidan/Jaden (in that order). Isabella is extremely popular for girls, and I think that’s why Isaac got so popular. Also, it works well in both Spanish and English. Oh, and surnames are huge.

Isabella, Sophia and Olivia are everywhere. Those are the only ones I hear tons of. Other than that, there are lots of random names like Melody, Ashley, Valerie, etc. that seem out of the blue to me.

I’m in a philly suburb now and haven’t observed as much, but names with Ls in them are really popular.

Kathleen Says:

December 23rd, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I live in Idaho, and I used to work at a Montessori preschool (ages 2-6) and now I work at a birthing center.
At the preschool, there was at least 1 Olivia in every classroom, sometimes 2. Also a ton girls named Abigail and any variation of Isabella there can be.

Last spring at the birth center we had 4 Henry’s born in about a month. I’m so sick of it. I think it’ an adorable name, but … I like variety!
Lately at the birth center there has been: Isaac, Elijah, Miles, Kai, Samuel. For girls: Ruth, Penelope, Petra, Savannah, Natalie.
Nothing too crazy lately.

Greer Says:

December 25th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I live in CT, just outside New York, and I teach gymnastics for kids ages 15 months and up, so I hear a LOT of names. For girls, Avery/Ava, Chloe and Ella are super popular. For boys, we have at least 6 named Jack and at least 4 named Ryan. Henry and Oliver are also popular.

Lisa Says:

December 27th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Seattle area:
Girls: Ava, Maya, Sophia/Sofia/Sophie, Lily variations, Ellie variations
Boys: Finn, Liam, Alexander, Zachary, Ben

Don’t know any little Abigails, Chloes, Michaels or Joshuas.

Teri Says:

December 30th, 2010 at 1:05 am

My daughters are Ava and Laney. We lived in Charlotte NC and there were scads of Ava’s but no Laney’s. Now we live in Chattanooga TN and have met lots of Laney/ie’s but only one Ava!

butterfly Says:

December 30th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I live in New Zealand, Christchurch, here are the top 10 for boys an girls for the whole year from the local weekend paper birth announcements 🙂

Samuel 20
Benjamin 19
Liam 18
Jack 17
Lachlan 15
Cooper 14
George 14
James 13
Isaac 12
William 12

Sophie 24
Olivia 17
Isabella 17
Emily 15
Charlotte 13
Emma 13
Isla 13
Ella 12
Jessica 12
Ruby 12

I have more on my blog

Kelly Says:

January 5th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I live in South Florida & Olivia is EVERYWHERE for girls under six! The boy names are all over the place…..and on a side note, there are 3 boys named Luca at my son’s elem. school!!

Jamie Abigail Says:

January 7th, 2011 at 11:31 am

I live in Oklahoma. Here, names are all over the place! Number 48 in Oklahoma was Paisley for a girl..?? For children under 5 the most popular names are probably Olivia, and Jacob, and variations in spelling for Aiden, Jackson, and Devin..And most recently, new mothers I know started naming their children names with “y”s and “ee”s such as Mylee, Rylee, Kylee, Kynlee, Brynlee, Haylee, Kaylee, and so many others..

LeeAnne Says:

January 8th, 2011 at 12:24 am

I lived in chattanooga tn, and there were many variations of my name, all ages, literally twice a day at least id meet someone named it or they had a niece or kid named it, also lots of names like peyton delany and those kind of things.
I live in west michigan now and i know at least 5 little girls named madison, since here we still havent gotten past that trend, tons of avas, a handful of haileys, jadens for both genders, basically, in michigan they have the normal names on the top list, tons of isabellas, or other names that you can make bella out of, i blame twilight, tons of jakes/jacobs, the normal

Meghan Says:

January 10th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

here where i live in the colchester area my name is extremely common i know like four or five other Meghan’s. Alexandra/Alexis/Lexi/ are also common i know 2 ryan’s 2 makenzie’s a few jordans and a couple heathers. also valeries and my health teacher has a daughter named ella. my sister’s names are common sarah nicole and jodi, but i have yet to meet an isabelle/isabel/isobel/isabella i also know one rosie a few andrews and four dave/davids

leah_9 Says:

January 19th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

You cant throw a stone hear (CO) without hitting an Aidan.

texsun Says:

March 7th, 2011 at 1:46 am

One that always stood out here in Texas was Meredith. In the ’90s, it seemed like every other family in our neighborhood had a daughter named Meredith, even though according to SSA it never broke the Top 100. I also felt like the name Jessica was a lot more popular for Hispanics than for whites here, even though it was one of the top names in the country in the ’80s and ’90s.

Valkyrie Says:

May 13th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

In the Las Vegas area, I’ve yet to bump into an Isabella (or other variants). However, I run into more than plenty of Alexis, Alexa, Sierra and Sienna. For boys, Gabriel, Austin and Joshua are quite popular. For both genders overall, geographic names seem to be in as well.

sparklesanonymous Says:

July 12th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

@ Persephone Where do you live???

In Tuscany there’s a 2:1 ratio for boys named Lorenzo. For every 2 Lorenzo’s there is a Gianluca, Pierluigi, Domenico etc. For girls Elisa, Giorgia and Lucia (Loo-chee-ah) rule.
Top fifteen girls:
Lucia (Lu-chee-ah)

Top ten boys

Micaela Says:

July 28th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

In the 90s, when I was growing up, there was an explosion of Laurens in central texas. I’ve also met quite a few Katherines, Kates, Katies, tons of Alexes, a lot of Sarahs, Emilys, Kelseys, Seans, Ethans, Devins, Erics, and Williams who go by Billy.

Lucky*Clover Says:

July 30th, 2011 at 1:54 am

Any girl name that begins with a K or C and ends in an ee sound are crazy popular here in Idaho. Kylie, Karlie, Kaylee, Chloe, Kinley, Kallie, Kenzie…just make sure it starts with a K and ends in an ee and your daughter will fit right in here. Taylor is still incredibly popular and of course you have to have all the Madisons and Addisons.
We also have the anything that rhymes with Aiden craze. Wyatt is very, very popular. We also have a lot of Jaxons, Hunters and Conners. Braxton is also a name that began it’s rise in Utah and has jumped over here because I know four little boys named Braxton. We do have some nameberry like parents out here though, just heard of an Otto and Augusta recently and it gave me hope.

IzzyQ Says:

September 4th, 2011 at 8:19 am

I hear the name Isabella a lot in my area, but then again, not a surprise since it’s the number one name in the country. Also, I often hear of kids named one of those Jayden-Brayden-Caden-Ayden names a lot (they are actually considered “unique” where I live).

deliasmommy Says:

October 9th, 2011 at 8:16 am

It was interesting to read the comment by sparklesanonymous about baby names in Tuscany. I live in Lazio, and while the name Lorenzo is definitely number one in our town for boys, Laura and Lucia for little girls is rarely heard for girls. My niece is Laura (5 months old) and she was the first I had heard with that name for a baby girl. Here, Giulia was HUGE 3 years ago, and now in the last year or so it has been Aurora for girls. After that Giorgia, Sofia, and Elena are quite popular. Lorenzo is still so popular it is getting ridiculous, then Matteo/Mattia, Alessandro, Filippo. I recently read that 50 percent of all Italian children are given the same 30 names, so there isn’t much variety here! My daughter is Delia and she was the only one (born 2009), but now there’s another born this year.

tifberry Says:

April 4th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I live in the Inland Empire in CA and the names I hear at work in the nicu is girls- Riley, Isabella and Grace. Boys- Caleb, Jackson and Elijah. My fav name I came across that’s not popular and is for a girl is Briseis. Pronounced Bri-say-is, the i in bri is soft like britain.

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