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 and LA, say, 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 69 girl names, 39 of which are unique to one city. Elizabeth makes the Top 10 only in Atlanta, for instance, while Daphne ranks only in LA.
For boys, there are 67 total names that rank among the Top 10, including 45 unique selections. Rufus is in the Top 10 only in New York, while Mac ranks only in Chicago. Liam – the Number 1 boys’ name in the US according to official statistics – makes the Top 10 only in Los Angeles.
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 Number 1 in two cities, Chicago and Boston, both of which include many Irish-American parents.
Ava comes in second, with spots on six Top 10 city girl names lists. Amara and Luna both rank on five city Top 10 girl names lists.
The top city 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 and LA share the most girl names on their Top 10 lists, with five. Several cities share no Top 10 names for girls: Chicago and San Francisco have no crossovers, for example, nor do Denver and Dallas.
Top City Boy Names
The multicultural Arlo is the Number 1 city boy name in the US, racking up places on seven city’s Top 10 lists. Arlo ranks in the top spot in New York, LA, and Minneapolis, and is in second place on Chicago’s Top 10 boy names.
Atticus and Milo each appear on six city lists, while Felix claims a spot on five.
The 14 top city boy names that show up on three or more lists are:
On the boys’ side, Los Angeles and Denver share the most crossover names on their Top 10 lists, with five. 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 baby names starting with A at the top of the popularity list, fitting for the Big Apple. Aurelia and Aurora are the top two names for girls in New York, and Arlo and Atticus are the top two boy names.
Only two names rank on New York’s Top 10 and no other city’s: Josiah and Rufus for boys. New Yorkers also like the name Eloise, like the little girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel.
Over 600,000 people from New York visited over 2 million of Nameberry’s name pages this year. Because New York is the largest U.S. city in terms of Nameberry visitors, the top New York City baby names are most reflective of Nameberry's overall top baby names.
TOP NEW YORK CITY GIRL NAMES
TOP NEW YORK CITY BOY NAMES
Los Angeles Baby Names
Los Angeles baby names feature Eleanor as the Number 1 name for girls and Arlo in the top spot for boys. Los Angeles is the US city with the second-highest number of Nameberry visitors, nearly 500,000 people for 1.2 million pageviews.
Girl names that rank only on LA’s Top 10 are the Bridgerton-inspired Daphne and Stella, which appropriately enough means star. Boys that belong only on LA’s Top 10 are Liam — the Number 1 boys’ name in the US — and Max.
TOP LOS ANGELES GIRL NAMES
TOP LOS ANGELES BOY NAMES
Chicago Baby Names
Chicago baby names are led by the Irish Maeve as the Number 1 girls’ name, with Leo Number 1 for boys. Chicago has several unique Top 10 names: Sloane, Mabel, Noa, and Adelaide for girls; Mac, Kieran, and Kit for boys.
Chicago is second only to Seattle in the number of top names that start with consonants, 16. Nine of the ten top boy names start with consonants and three of them – Leo, Arlo, and Milo – end with the letter O.
TOP CHICAGO GIRL NAMES
TOP CHICAGO BOY NAMES
Dallas Baby Names
Dallas baby names are led by Nora for girls and the ancient Roman Atticus for boys. Unique names on the Dallas Top 10 include Ember and Maya for girls and the Welsh Emrys along with Biblical names Jonah and Reuben for boys.
TOP DALLAS GIRL NAMES
TOP DALLAS BOY NAMES
Atlanta Baby Names
The top Atlanta baby names are Isla for girls and Caleb for boys. Top 10 girl names favored exclusively by Atlanta baby namers include Josephine, Lucy, Adeline, and Elizabeth for girls. On the boys’ side, six of the Top 10 names are unique to Atlanta: Graham, Bennett, Calvin, Lochlan, Ace, and Ambrose.
Atlantans love A names. Five top names start with A: Adeline, Ava, Atticus, Ace, and Ambrose.
TOP ATLANTA GIRL NAMES
TOP ATLANTA BOY NAMES
San Francisco Baby Names
Cordelia, Agnes, and Lucia are girl names unique to San Francisco’s Top 10, along with the gender-neutral names Cameron and Emery for boys.
TOP SAN FRANCISCO GIRL NAMES
TOP SAN FRANCISCO BOY NAMES
Seattle Baby Names
Seattle baby names feature two names with nature associations at the top of its Top 10 list. Number 1 Hazel for girls and Rowan for boys are both tree names. Nature figures heavily among other top names trending in Seattle. Popular girl names Luna, Nova, and Aurora and boy name Kai all have nature associations.
Names that appear in Seattle’s Top 10 and not among the top names in any other city are Page, Rowan, and Hugo. Seattle is also the city with the most Top 10 names beginning with consonants, 17 in all.
TOP SEATTLE GIRL NAMES
TOP SEATTLE BOY NAMES
Washington, DC Baby Names
Names starting with A rule Washington, DC baby names for girls, with Anna, Aurelia, and Aria in the top three spots and Astrid further down the list. On the boys’ side, J is the favorite letter, with Jace, James, Julian, and Julius all in the DC Top 10.
Girl names appearing on DC’s popularity list but not those of other cities are the gently old-fashioned Cecilia and Thea. Boy names that rank in the Top 10 only in DC are Rhys, Jace, Julius, Miles, and Orson.
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Denver Baby Names
Denver baby names feature Esme as the Number 1 choice for girls and Hayden, which appears on no other city Top 10 lists, for boys.
Other names that are unique to Denver’s Top 10 are Billy for boys and Amelia, Anthea, Eden, and Hadley for girls.
Four of the girls’ Top 10 have nature associations: Ivy, Lavender, Hazel, and Eden. On the boys’ side, Silas means forest.
TOP DENVER GIRL NAMES
TOP DENVER BOY NAMES