Top Baby Names: What’s Popular Where?

Top Baby Names: What’s Popular Where?

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Emma and Noah are the new Number 1 baby names in the US, but are they the most popular names where you live? Emma was Number 1 in just 22 states, Noah at the top in only 13. Other states put rivals OliviaAva, and Sophia at the head of the class for girls, as well as Mia (in Hawaii and New Mexico), Harper (in South Dakota), Isabella (Florida) and Genesis (D.C.). For boys, there were seven other names vying for the top spot, with Liam, William, Mason, Benjamin, Henry, Jackson, or Elijah beating Noah in 37 states.

Moving down the list, it’s easy to see certain names really gathering steam and heading higher. The following are girls’ names not in the national Top 10 which reached that level and beyond in at least two states, as well as names that ranked Number 1 in some states:

Amelia –Number 12 nationally, was as high as Number 3 in Maine and fourth in Alaska

Aria—Number 29 nationally, reached Number 4 in Hawaii

Aubrey—Number 21 nationally, was Top 10 in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Dakota

Aurora—79 on the Social Security list, was the third most popular name in Alaska, Number 5 in Montana

AvaAva reigns at Number 1 in every Southern state, from North Carolina to Louisiana, except Florida, as well as in Delaware and North Dakota.

Avery –16 nationally, made the Top 10 in no less than 13 states

Brooklyn–31 on the SS list, was in fifth place in states nowhere near NYC—Mississippi and Minnesota

EvelynNumber15 nationally, Evelyn is edging closer and closer to the Top 10, attaining as high as third place in Idaho, Minnesota and Wisconsin

Harper The only new name in the girls’ Top 10 made Number 1 in South Dakota.

Hazel (63) made great strides, in the Top 10 in neighboring Utah and Montana

Isabella – The former national Number 1 still holds the top spot in Florida

Lillian (26) reached tenth place in two states

Mia reached Number 1 in New Mexico and Hawaii.

Nora (41) was a Top 10 name in three states, Number 5 in Minnesota

Olivia Olivia is a favorite in Northern states from East to West, reaching the top spot in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Illiinois, Minnesota, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska.

Paisley (45) reached as high as Number 6 in Mississippi

Skylar (42), a Southern fave, Top 10 in three states

Sophia, another former national Number 1, still reigns in California, Nevada, Aritzona, and Connecticut.

Also above their SS statuses in some placesEllaGrace and Victoria.

And there were some single-appearance outliers:

Genesis (Number 65) was in first place in Washington DC, Lucy (55) made Number 10 in UtahNatalie (27) 8 in Wyoming and Savannah (38) 9 in Delaware.

Now to the boys–a substantially longer list here, with more names appearing in the Top 10 — or even at Number 1 — in a single state:

Benjamin – The newest entrant to the Top 10 nationally reached Number 1 in Massachusetts

Carter (24) had a very good year across the country, as high as Number 3 in North Dakota and Michigan

Easton (78) made Top 10 in two states, North Dakota and West Virginia (where ColtonJacksonLandon and Grayson were also in the Top 15).

Elijah (11) Just outside the Top 10 nationally, Elijah came through the door in a number of states, as high as Number 2 in Arkansas and DC and all the way up at Number 1 in Oklahoma

Gabriel (22) was in the Top 10 in several states

Henry (29) is finally moving up in many areas of the country, reaching first place in Nebraska and Minnesota and second in Oregon

Hudson (65 nationally) got a lot more love in Tennessee and South Dakota

Hunter (41 on the SS list) was the fourth most popular name in West Virginia

Jack (40) made the Top 10 in Massachusetts (Kennedy country), New Hampshire and Utah

Jackson (17), much higher than Jack nationally, was in the Top 10 of more than a dozen states, top of the list in New Hampshire

Jaxon (44), the third of the Jack names, placed in the Top 10 in three states and as high as Number 2 in Oklahoma

John (26), long-time leading boys’ name in the English-speaking world, is back at Number 2 in Mississippi

Julian (45) was Number 10 in two Western states

Levi (42) was in fifth place in three states

Liam – The national Number 2 name was Number 1 in 16 states, which puts it in close reach of claiming Noah’s crown. Unlike some names which dominate regionally, Liam is a favorite from Maine to Florida, New Jersey to Oregon, Alaska to Arkansas.

Logan (14) was Number 2 in Maryland

Lucas (16) is making great strides, as high as Number 5 in Michigan

Luke (28) is in the Top 10 of three states

Mason – This name popularized by the Kardashians reached Number 1 in Pennsylvania

Oliver (19) is sure to be further up next year; he’s now Number 1 in Washington, Wisconsin and South Dakota, 2 in Utah, Minnesota and Vermont

Owen (36) is another comer, Number 2 in Maine, South Dakota and Tennessee and Top 10 in several other states

NoahNoah’s continued hold on the Number 1 spot over Liam may be thanks to its dominance in the high-population states of California, Illinois, and Texas.

Ryker (149) is a surprising Number 2 in Maine, 9 in Wyoming

Samuel (23)–Top 10 in Alabama and DC

Sebastian (35) was Number 8 in three states

William – Classic William is a Southern favorite, reigning in a solid block of Southern states that includes Virginia and Kentucky but not Florida and Louisiana. William is also Number 1 in Montana and Utah.

Wyatt (34), another name in ascendance, big in the West and beyond; Number 3 in Montana

And now the boy outliers, who popped in one particular place:

Caleb (37)—10 in Hawaii

Charles (50)—10 in DC

Dylan (27)–8 in New Jersey

Ezekiel (148)—4 in Hawaii

Isaac (31) was 10 in Nebraska

Jose (80) was 10 in Texas

Lincoln (66) made it to Number 5 in Utah

Get this gorgeous watercolor map on Etsy, from artist Marley Ungaro.

About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten groundbreaking books on names, Redmond is an internationally-recognized baby name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, CNN, and the BBC. She has written about baby names for The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and People.

Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its sequel, Older. She has three new books in the works.