Most Popular Baby Names In Every State
True, Emma and Noah came out on top when the Social Security Administration released its annual list of the most popular baby names of the year last week. But today, they came out with a follow-up that broke down baby name popularity by state. And this more detailed list revealed major differences in baby name popularity from state to state.
The most striking trend — as with the past few years — was the sharp divide between the Deep South and the rest of the country. In most of the Dixie states, Ava was the top girls’ name and William was the top boys’ name.
The twin names of Olivia and Oliver also posted strong showings, especially in the northwest quadrant of the country. They were the most popular boys’ and girls’ names in Oregon, Utah, Iowa and Wisconsin.
On the boys’ side, Liam, the Number 2 name overall in the U.S., had another strong year, coming in first in states from Alaska to Florida. Benjamin and Elijah both took the prize in two states, and James, Henry, Wyatt, Mason and Owen all reigned supreme in one state.
What names were Number 1 in your state? Click through to see the maps.
Here’s the map showing the top girls’ name in each state in 2016:
And here’s the map showing the top boys’ name in each state in 2016:
For more baby name maps, check out our recent post of each state’s quirky favorite name.
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on May 18th, 2017 at 6:20 pm
So at quick glance Utah, Minnesota and some other northern states are ahead of the trend curves. I was aware that Utah had bold baby namers but not Minnesota and the others!
Side note I feel like Maverick is ripe to gain steam especially in rural and western states…off to investigate whether this is already happening…
on May 18th, 2017 at 6:22 pm
Oops that’s New Mexico not Utah, another surprise!
on May 18th, 2017 at 6:51 pm
Not at ALL surprised to see Henry as #1 in Minnesota, I feel like everyone I know has a little Henry! At least it’s a nice name 🙂
on May 18th, 2017 at 7:24 pm
Go Minnesota! I moved up here from the South and have been surprised at the difference in naming trends between states – I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s a difference, so I’m enjoying see how names differ from state to state.
on May 18th, 2017 at 9:18 pm
Haha, I live in Minnesota and have a little cousin Evelyn, of course. I wonder why we’re such outliers?
on May 18th, 2017 at 11:19 pm
That’s pretty neat to see the popular names broken down by state. I live in New Mexico and was shocked to see that Elijah is the no. 1 boy name, pretty awesome as it’s a great name, just not what I would have guessed.
on May 19th, 2017 at 3:23 am
Those are interesting. Can you get states for particular counties in the UK? It would be fascinating.
on May 19th, 2017 at 3:24 am
on May 19th, 2017 at 10:04 am
So funny to see so many Minnesotans on here! I’m from MN too, currently live in CA and am trying to get back to MN.
@Orchid_Lover, funny that you mention Maverick because that’s a name my friend is considering for her baby boy.
on May 19th, 2017 at 10:09 am
Can you get stats for Canada?
on May 19th, 2017 at 10:10 pm
@JH Minnesota is the #4 state with the most Mavericks named last year, California was somewhere in the middle
Most common in South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Hawaii, Missouri, Iowa, Utah, Oklahoma, and Oregon. Least common in DC, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, South Carolina, New Mexico, Virginia, Maine, and Illinois. So looks like a midwestern trend that hasn’t taken hold in the South or Northeast (especially larger population centers) yet.
on May 21st, 2017 at 11:52 am
I hardly know any young Benjamins… know WAY too many Emmas though, so that doesn’t surprise me. I still think that everyone in Kansas is way too obsessed with Ava and Jackson, so I would’ve put those at number one, at least around here.
on May 21st, 2017 at 1:18 pm
Really glad to see that for once the South is not getting a whole lot of hatred for terrible baby names. I’m sure there are some stinkers in the top ten in many of these states, but if you have to overuse a name, at least they chose classy, attractive classics like Ava and William. Yay!
on May 21st, 2017 at 2:01 pm
As a Minnesotan, I love to see Minnesota stand out in the sea of names 🙂
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