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 71 girl names, 48 of which are unique to one city. Iris makes the Top 10 only in Atlanta, for instance, while Ophelia ranks only in LA.
For boys, there are 70 names in total that rank among the Top 10, including 47 unique selections. Rowan is in the Top 10 only in Chicago, while Austin ranks only in Dallas (go figure).
Interestingly, Olivia and Liam – the current #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 13 names that rank among the Top 10 in at least three cities.
The most popular city girl name of all is Maeve, which holds a place on seven Top 10 lists. The Irish goddess name Maeve ranks at #1 in LA and at #2 in New York, Chicago, Seattle and Washington – making it a well-loved choice across the nation.
Lovely celestial Luna comes in second, with spots on six Top 10 city girl names lists. Isla, Aurora, Eloise, Nora, Charlotte and Hazel all feature on four Top 10 lists.
The popular girl names ranking on three or more lists are:
This map details which names rank in which cities, spotlighting the relationships in popularity among the top-ranking girl names.
New York shares the most girl names on its Top 10 lists: it has four (different) choices in common with both Los Angeles and Dallas. However, it has no choices in common with other cities, such as Minneapolis, Denver and San Francisco.
Top City Boy Names
Cool and compact Arlo is the #1 city boy name in the US, racking up places on seven cities’ Top 10 lists. Arlo ranks in the top spot in Chicago, San Francisco and Minneapolis.
Ezra comes in second, appearing on six cities’ Top 10 lists, while Theodore features on five – although it should be noted that short form Theo also makes four appearances in its own right.
The 13 popular boy names that show up on three or more city lists are:
On the boys’ side, New York and Chicago share the most crossover names on their Top 10 lists, with six. Denver's favorite boy names are the most individualistic: a whopping eight of them appear only on Denver's Top 10 list.
The chart below shows which names appear on three or more city lists, in which cities.
New York City Baby Names
New York City baby names feature several cool Gaelic choices near the top of the popularity list. Isla and Maeve are the top two names for girls in New York, while Finn and Arlo rank among the most popular names for New York boys.
Only three names rank on New York’s Top 10 and no other city’s: stylish Elodie and Willa for girls, and classic James for boys. 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. Choices that feature in the Top 10 only in Chicago are Matilda, Daphne, Eliza and rapid-rising modern surname Sutton.
Chicago boy names are headed up by the old-school cool trio of Arlo, Theodore and Ezra. Stylish nature name Rowan is the only boy 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 #1 name for girls and literary classic Oscar in the top spot for boys. Mythical favorites Aurora and Atlas take second place.
Girl names that rank only on LA’s Top 10 are Sadie, Freya, Juniper and Ophelia, while for boys regal word name Royal – recently boosted by sci-fi drama Outer Range – is unique to the top of LA’s charts.
Top LA Girl Names
Top LA Boy Names
Atlanta Baby Names
The top Atlanta baby names are Luna for girls and Silas for boys. Atlanta namers love that long I vowel sound: along with Silas, the Top 10 here includes Milo at #2 for boys, as well as Isla, Ivy and Iris for girls.
Girl names favored exclusively by Atlanta baby namers are the sweet and simple Ellie and Iris. On the boys’ side, Leander, Bennett, Cian and Luke are especially popular in the Big Peach.
Top Atlanta Girl Names
Top Atlanta Boy Names
Dallas Baby Names
Dallas baby names are also led by international favorite Luna for girls, and smart surname Beckett takes the top spot for boys.
Unique names on the Dallas Top 10 include Euro-chic choices Astrid and Margot for girls, and Austin, Hayes and Jacob for boys.
Top Dallas Girl Names
Top Dallas Boy Names
Seattle Baby Names
Seattle baby names are topped by Luna once again on the girls’ side, and Ezra is the favorite for boys.
Seattle's most-viewed names have a stylish, preppy feel. Girl names unique to the Emerald City’s Top 10 are Wren, Fiona, Juliet and Seraphine. For boys, Alistair, Sebastian, Adrian and Archie rank especially highly here.
Top Seattle Girl Names
Top Seattle Boy Names
Phoenix Baby Names
Phoenix baby names for girls are headed up by two floral favorites: Violet at #1, which features only on Phoenix’s list, and Ivy at #2. For boys, cool nickname Theo takes the top spot.
As well as Violet, girl names unique to Phoenix’s Top 10 are the sweet and simple Ava and Chloe. On the boys’ side, Phoenix favorites not among the top names anywhere else are Caleb, Cassius, Cash, Luca, Elias and Dominic.
Top Phoenix Girl Names
Top Phoenix Boy Names
Top Boston Baby Names
Boston baby names are once again topped by Luna for girls. Rather surprisingly – since Boston has a reputation as one of the most conservative American cities – bohemian Bodhi is the most-searched name for boys.
Boston namers particularly like tailored, preppy names such as Ava, Evelyn and Madison for girls, Malcolm, Oliver, Declan, Rory, Callum and Elliot for boys. All feature in the Top 10 here but not in any of the other cities on our list.
Top Boston Girl Names
Top Boston Boy Names
Denver Baby Names
Denver baby names are led by smart, sophisticated Genevieve and Everett in the #1 spots. But the city’s favorite names have something of a split personality.
Traditional choices like Emily and Josiah are among the names uniquely popular here, but so too are more modern, informal choices like Birdie and Lennon for girls, Parker and Zero for boys.