States’ Most Popular Names 2014
By Linda Rosenkrantz
So we’ve parsed the new Social Security national list from almost every conceivable angle. When, a few days after its release, we got to see which names were most popular in which states in 2014, it’s allowing us to delve into more regional patterns.
It turns out that top national names Noah and Emma were far from the most popular in every state: Emma was Number 1 in 22 of them, Noah at the top in only 9! It’s also interesting to note such idiosyncrasies in the Top 5 as Aurora Number 4 in Alaska, Brooklyn Number 2 in Wyoming, and Lincoln Number 2 in South Dakota.
It wasn’t unusual to see names spilling over into neighboring states, as in the case of Harper being the top name for girls in both North and South Dakota—and nowhere else. Other unique Number 1s were Elizabeth and Alexander in DC, Isabella in Florida, Mia in New Mexico, Henry in Minnesota, Benjamin in Massachusetts (and also well used all across New England), Michael in NJ, Henry in Minnesota, and Jackson in Wyoming.
Moving further down the Top 5, some of the other more noteworthy localized choices were Zoe at Number 5 in DC, Aria 4 in Hawaii, Lucy 4 in Utah and Avery Number 5 in Ohio. On the boys’ side, in addition to Lincoln, there was Gabriel in fifth place in Alaska and Hunter at Number 4 in West Virginia, where Colton came in fifth. Plus quite a few Elijahs, Henrys, Owens and Olivers ranking that high.
It’s also interesting to see how some districts have minds of their own and swim against the tide, such as Wahington DC, the Dakotas, Utah and Hawaii. (Trivia tidbit: Brayden, Aiden, Ayden and Jayden were all in the top dozen boy names in Mississippi.)
Some striking outliers among the popular girls, with their national numbers in parens:
And in the blue column:
Caleb (35)—8 in Delaware
Cameron (53)—13 in NH
Easton (83)—6 in ND
Hudson (80)—7 in ND, 12 in SD
Jack (41)—13 in Nebraska
Jaxon (46)—7 in Oklahoma, 11 in Arkansas
And here’s some more intriguing data, thanks to the research of Megan McCleery.
How many names do you think were in the Top 100 in all fifty states?
What I found even more interesting were some of the names found in the Top 100 in only one state, among which were these surprising examples:
Any surprises in your own state?
You can check out all the stats at the Social Security website.
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on May 18th, 2015 at 11:31 pm
I think I’ll steer clear of Mississippi! 🙂
on May 19th, 2015 at 3:24 am
Wow, I can’t believe Oakley’s rating in Wyoming! I wonder what’s happening locally to give it such a boost there?
on May 19th, 2015 at 8:13 am
Any surprises in your own state? Hard to say…you didn’t mention my state. Sad the great state of Texas wasn’t mentioned. I was excited to read this article but sadly it fell short for me.
on May 19th, 2015 at 8:45 am
I didn’t see Maryland on here.
on May 19th, 2015 at 9:12 am
@epowell: I’m afraid Texas went pretty mainstream, with Noah and Emma at the top. Sebastian a little unusual at #8.
on May 19th, 2015 at 9:15 am
@indiefendi2: Maryland went out of the box with Logan at #6, and did have Charlotte in its Top 10.
on May 19th, 2015 at 10:10 am
Fun info! For those that were only in the top 100 in one state, I’d love to know what the state is! Is there an easy way to find that data? For instance… who has Maeve in the top 100!? I love Maeve.
on May 19th, 2015 at 10:48 am
Daleyza is at #51 in New Mexico. That came out of nowhere (at least it seems to have to me). The others didn’t really surprise me that much given the demographics. I’ve just never heard of or met a little Daleyza, and the name wasn’t in New Mexico’s top 100 in previous years.
on May 19th, 2015 at 11:32 am
Utah definitely has some surprises! I need to remember to check our statistics for my favorites and not just nationwide when I’m actually naming a baby! I know Eden is more popular here than other places (#66 vs. 151) and Graham is #76 this year (vs. 199 nationally). Owen is also higher (11 vs. 36)…
on May 19th, 2015 at 12:18 pm
I checked the link for NY & found it interesting that there are very few “kr8tif” names/spellings in the Top 100 in each column. Most of the names are either pretty classic or, if from a non-English background, properly spelled. The most unusual names in the Top 100 are Jewish names (Moshe, Chaya, Esther), which I would attribute to the large Orthodox Jewish population in NYC.
on May 19th, 2015 at 1:47 pm
Mary is still in the Top 100 in Missouri. This year, it ranked #74 (much higher than the national average) with 73 little Marys. It jumped up from #87 last year, when there were only 70 Marys. This makes me happy!
Also, there are zero “-ayden” names in Missouri’s Top 10 for boys. The names are in the Top 100, but Aiden is #21, Brayden is #49, Jayden is #60, Ayden is #78, Kayden is #82, and Kaiden is #92. They’re still there, but they’re falling down the rankings, which I guess is a good thing.
on May 20th, 2015 at 12:29 pm
I find it interesting how non-trendy the top 3 in NJ are– Michael, Matthew, and Joseph. The girls’ side in that state is closer to the national norm though.
Utah is always interesting because the average age of parents there is so much younger than everywhere else, and the state seems to predict trends. Charlotte, Lucy, Harper, Evelyn, Ruby, and Lily are all top 10 names there, but lower down/climbing on the national and most other states’ lists. (Maybe Lily is falling now? Need to double check that one). It makes me near certain that Charlotte will go top 5 soon (or even #1), and that Harper and Evelyn will be in the top 10.
on May 20th, 2015 at 8:12 pm
I absolutely believe this, I live in DC and know tons of little Annas and Zoes.
on May 21st, 2015 at 10:00 am
Would love to know what states the “outlier” top 100 names are from.
on May 21st, 2015 at 1:23 pm
How about Georgia? I’d be interested to see the top names in that state listed here.
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