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Top City Baby Names

Top City Baby Names

What are the top city baby names in the US? How are the names favored by city parents different from those most popular in the rest of the country? And how are the top baby names in cities as diverse as New York, Phoenix, and Minneapolis different from each other?

We looked at which names have been searched the most in a dozen American cities, and discovered popular names as distinctive as the cities themselves.

Among the Top 10 names in all 12 cities, there are a total of 25 girl names, seven of which are unique to one city. Iris makes the Top 10 only in San Francisco, for instance, while Lucy ranks only in Boston.

For boys, there are 26 names in total that rank among the Top 10, including 11 unique selections. Remy is in the Top 10 only in Minneapolis, while Graham ranks only in Chicago.

Interestingly, Olivia and Liam – the current Number 1 names in the US according to official statistics – are completely absent from these cities’ most-searched lists.

Top City Girl Names

The top city girl names include 16 names that rank among the Top 10 in at least three cities.

The most popular city girl names of all are Eloise, Isla, and Maeve, which hold a place on all twelve Top 10 lists. The Irish goddess name Maeve ranks at Number 1 in New York City, Chicago, LA, Atlanta, Seattle, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, and DC and at Number 2 in Dallas, Phoenix, and San Francisco — making it the most beloved choice across the nation.

Glamorous vintage Aurelia is the next most popular, with spots on ten Top 10 city girl names lists. Alice, Aurora, Cora, Luxury, and Violet all feature on six or more Top 10 lists.

The popular girl names ranking on three or more lists are:

Top City Boy Names

Five boy names feature on all twelve city name lists: Atticus, Felix, Silas, Soren, and Theodore. Soren takes the top spot in six cities, including Chicago, LA, and San Francisco. Silas is the top name in Atlanta, Dallas, and DC, while NYC and Boston have Theodore in first place. Phoenix is the only city to have Atticus as their top boy name.

Oliver is the next most common name, appearing on 11 cities’ Top 10 lists, while Arlo features on nine.

The 12 popular boy names that show up on three or more city lists are:

New York City Baby Names

New York City baby names feature several cool Gaelic choices near the top of the popularity list. Maeve and Isla are the top two names for girls in New York, while Arlo ranks among the most popular names for New York boys.

The most unique name on New York's Top 10 is celebrity baby name Aire, which it shares only with Los Angeles. New Yorkers also like the name Eloise, the little girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel.

Top NYC Girl Names

Top NYC Boy Names

Chicago Baby Names

Chicago baby names for girls have a tailored flair, with smart choices like Maeve, Alice, and Cora ranking in the Top 10. The floral Violet ranks higher in Chicago than any other city.

Chicago boy names feature friendly traditionals like Arlo, August, and Hugo. Stylish Scottish name Graham is the only name unique to the Windy City.

Top Chicago Girl Names

Top Chicago Boy Names

Los Angeles Baby Names

Los Angeles baby names feature Maeve as the Number 1 name for girls and Scandinavian import Soren in the top spot for boys. Word name Luxury and literary Atticus take second place.

Luna and Sebastian rank highest in LA, where there is a large Spanish-speaking population. At Number 8, Cassius is also ranked higher in LA than any other city.

Top LA Girl Names

Top LA Boy Names

Atlanta Baby Names

The top Atlanta baby names are Maeve for girls and Silas for boys. Atlanta namers love girl names that end in -ia: Idalia, Aurelia, and Ophelia all make the Top 10.

Atlanta is the only city to favor the sunny Greek name Idalia, which ranks at Number 2 on their charts. On the boys’ side, Caspian is especially popular in the Big Peach.

Top Atlanta Girl Names

Top Atlanta Boy Names

Dallas Baby Names

Dallas baby names are led by interest-piquing Luxury for girls, and biblical Silas takes the top spot for boys. Dallas is the only city to feature Luxury in the top spot.

Charlotte and Evangeline are particularly popular in Dallas for girls, along with August and Ezra for boys, the latter of which is unique to DTX.

Top Dallas Girl Names

Top Dallas Boy Names

Seattle Baby Names

Seattle baby names are topped by Maeve on the girls’ side, and Soren is the favorite for boys.

Seattle's most-viewed names have a fashionable, vintage feel. Girl names unique to the Emerald City’s Top 10 are old-fashioned favorites Millie and Beatrice. For boys, Arthur and Caspian rank especially highly here.

Top Seattle Girl Names

Top Seattle Boy Names

Phoenix Baby Names

Phoenix baby names are headed up by two A+ favorites: Aurelia at Number 1 for girls, and Atticus in the top spot for boys.

Evangeline and Luna are particularly popular girl names in Phoenix. On the boys' side, Phoenix favors names that end in -us, like Atticus, Cyrus, and Cassius. Phoenix is the only city with Cyrus in the Top 10.

Top Phoenix Girl Names

Top Phoenix Boy Names

Top Boston Baby Names

Boston baby names are topped by the Gaelic Maeve for girls, followed by Isla. Unsurprisingly — since Boston has a reputation as one of the most conservative American cities — buttoned-up Theodore is the most-searched name for boys.

Boston namers particularly like tailored, versatile names such as Lucy, Charlotte and Cora for girls, Felix, Oliver, Silas, and Milo for boys. Clara ranks higher in Boston than any other city, and Lucy and Oscar are entirely unique to Boston's Top 10.

Top Boston Girl Names

Top Boston Boy Names

Denver Baby Names

Denver baby names are led by the sleek Maeve and Soren in the Number 1 spots.

Genevieve uniquely features on Denver's Top 10 list, and Ophelia ranks higher here than in any other city. For boys, Caspian and Milo are especially popular among Denver Berries.

Top Denver Girl Names

Top Denver Boy Names