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The Reddest and Bluest Baby Names

The Reddest and Bluest Baby Names

If you name your baby something traditional like Maya or Maximilian, you’re probably a Democrat, while a new-fangled choice such as Brylee or Braylen might peg you as a Republican.

Blue State parents may be more apt to vote liberal than their Red State counterparts, but their taste in baby names is far more conservative.

We analyzed which of the Top 500 names were used most often last year in Red States vs. Blue. Our findings: Red State baby names tend to defy convention in spelling, gender identity, and the very definition of a first name, while the Bluest Names toe the traditional line.

Every single one of the Top 25 Reddest Names for both genders lies outside the traditional lexicon of proper names. Red State favorites include first names adapted from surnames such as Number 1 Reddest Names Blakely for girls and Kason for boys, word names such as Haven for girls and Kash for boys, and diminutives such as Millie and Hattie used as full names. .

Parents in Blue States, on the other hand, choose relatively conventional first names for their babies. All of the Top 25 Bluest Names for girls are traditional female choices, ranging from Number 1 Francesca to Alexandra to Miriam. In the boys’ Top 25, the only name that diverges from the usual lexicon of first names is surname-name Finnegan.

The first traditional girls’ name in the Red State tally, by contrast, is Mary, all the way down at Number 51, with the first traditional boys’ name ranking even lower: Abram at Number 76.

Other markers of traditional naming in the list of Blue State favorites include girls’ names that are feminizations of male names, such as Gianna and Daniella, and Biblical and/or royal boys’ names, such as Leo, Nicholas, and Peter.

Red State parents are also much more likely to invent new spellings for baby names, with popular girls’ names including Kyleigh and Journee and four different spellings of Kason dominating the boys’ list. And the Reddest Names tend to push gender boundaries, with McKinley ranking in the Top 10 for girls and Lane in the Top 20 for boys.

Blue baby names may conform more to spelling and gender norms, but they’re also more likely to be ethnically diverse. Blue State favorites for girls range from the Irish Maeve to the Italian Giuliana to the Hebrew Esther, and on the boys’ side, from the Arabic Mohamed to the Indian Arjun to the Spanish Thiago.

Ethnic differences may go further than politics to explain the Red State-Blue State baby name divide. Latino, Italian, Irish, and Jewish parents, who claim a larger share of the population in Blue States, also tend to more closely follow family and religious traditions when naming their babies.

Blue State parents favor names that end in the letter a for girls in 22 of the Top 25 cases, and also choose vowel-ending names for boys ten of the Top 25 times. Red State parents prefer to end names with the letter n for boys and either the lee or the lyn sound for girls.

A few unexpected findings: The Red State Top 25 includes the name of Blue State favorite son Kennedi at the girls’ Number 3, along with sacred Jewish surname Cohen at Number 15 for boys and Eastern establishment university name Princeton at the boys’ Number 20.

More predictable may be the Red States’ relative preference for gun-themed and military names, with Gunner, Major, Colt, and Remington in the boys’ Top 50. And it may not be surprising that Red State parents are more likely to name their babies Rhett (Butler) or Bristol (Palin) while Blue State parents honor (Pope) Francis and Angelina (Jolie).

Here, the 25 Bluest and Reddest Baby Names for each gender, with the percent they veer toward one side or the other.

The Bluest Baby Names

Blue State Girls’ Names

Percent Blue

Francesca

82.4

Maeve

81.2

Giuliana

80

Fiona

78.8

Gianna

77.3

Angelina

76.7

Nina

76.1

Sienna

75.9

Valentina

75.5

Maya

74.8

Aisha

73.6

Leila

73.3

Luciana

72.9

Julianna

72.8

Emilia

72.4

Esther

72.3

Ariella

72.3

Daniella

72.3

Alexandra

72.2

Lucia

72

Dahlia

71.9

Bianca

71.7

Gia

71.6

Miriam

71.3

Talia

71.3

Blue State Boys’ Names

Percent Blue

Rocco

80.9

Nico

80.7

Mohamed

78.6

Luca

78.5

Angelo

77.5

Muhammad

76.2

Francis

75.8

Enzo

75.6

Finnegan

74.7

Maximilian

74.1

Vincent

72.8

Colin

72.6

Theodore

72.6

Andy

72.2

Ali

72.1

Lorenzo

71.9

Arjun

71.7

Conor

71.6

Leo

71.6

Nicholas

71.6

Thiago

71.5

Louis

71.1

Peter

70.9

Ryan

70.8

Brendan

70.7

The Reddest Baby Names

Red State Girls’ Names

Percent Red

Blakely

71.4

Brylee

65.2

Kennedi

63.2

Kyleigh

62.8

Journee

61.1

Millie

60.2

Bristol

60

Hattie

59.9

Mckinley

59.9

Gracelynn

59.2

Addyson

59.1

Tatum

58.7

Brynlee

58.5

Allie

58.5

Paislee

58.3

Emersyn

58.1

Addilyn

57.7

Madilynn

57.6

Londyn

57.5

Haven

56.8

Kaydence

56.4

Marlee

56.2

Paisley

55.9

Aspen

55.2

Presley

54.9

Red State Boys’ Names

Percent Red

Kason

69.7

Cason

68.9

Braylen

68.8

Chandler

68

Lawson

65.7

Kasen

65.5

Rhett

65.2

Braylon

64

Davis

64

Karson

63.8

Jaxton

63.7

Kayson

63.6

Raylan

63.6

Gunner

63

Cohen

61.7

Beckham

61

Lane

60.5

Braxton

60.1

Waylon

60

Princeton

59.7

Knox

59.4

Daxton

59.3

Kyler

59.2

Kash

59

Walker

58.2

Statistical analysis by Joe Satran

About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized 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. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.