Top Names in Each State Revealed!
Our maps depict the top names by state in 2019:
Compared to last year’s maps, this year’s cohort of names is much less diverse. Liam swept over half of the states, ranking as the top name in 26 out of 50 — suggesting its reign is far from over. Olivia, too, is just getting started — it was the most popular girl name in 25 states, up from 12 in 2018.
The one- and two- off most popular names from 2018 have been eeked out by Olivia and Liam‘s dominance. Isabella, Evelyn, and Aurora all fell off the girls’ map, and Sophia was the only name to rejoin. For boys, John, Grayson, and Mason dropped off, but no new names made their way onto the map.
Northern states are more likely to have a name from outside the national Top 5 rank as their Number 1. Charlotte, Amelia, and Harper topped the charts for girls in a handful of northern states. In 2018, Charlotte only ranked as the most popular girl name in Maine but has now expanded its reach to five states. This increase may be a sign that Charlotte will be a Top 5 name in 2020.
Diving further into the official Top 5 for each state, we see that states with large Spanish-speaking populations — such as California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas — have multicultural favorites Camila, Isabella, Mateo, Mia, and Sebastian among their most popular baby names of 2019.
Three girl names appeared in only a single state’s Top 5 — Elizabeth (ranked at Number 14 nationally) in Washington, DC, Lucy (48) in Utah, and Willow (46) In Wyoming. Ten names for boys made singular appearances — Colton (59) in Delaware, Theodore (36) in Minnesota, Joseph (24) and Matthew (23) in New Jersey, Michael (14) in New York, Julian (31) in Rhode Island, Jack (19) in Utah, Carter (30) and Easton (74) in West Virginia, and Ethan (10) in California.
The most creative states in 2019 were West Virginia and Wyoming. West Virginia‘s Top 5 for boys featured two names outside of the national Top 5, Carter, Mason, and Easton. Easton is also the lowest-ranked name nationally (74) to make a single state’s Top 5. Wyoming was more creative with girl names in 2019. Charlotte, Harper, and Willow are outside of the national Top 5, and Willow is the rarest girl name nationally (46) to make the Top 5 in a single state.
Any surprises? What are the most popular names in your state?
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on September 6th, 2020 at 8:55 am
I’m in Alabama and was surprised to see Paisley at #12. Mary and John are in our top 10, which I attribute to the popularity of double names… I did notice that if you combine spellings Jackson, Jaxon, and Jaxson, that’s our most popular boy name. Not surprised because I hear it constantly. Waylon and River are in our boys’ top 100 but not in the US top 100. Both are super trendy here – for girls too!
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on September 6th, 2020 at 10:58 am
Wow @southern.maple, I just can’t imagine a girl called Waylon! (LOVE River for both sexes though).
Those maps are fascinating to see. Interesting that it’s quite different areas of the country that are putting Olivia and Liam in the number 1 spots nationally!
From the single-state Top 10s, I love Elizabeth, Willow, Theodore, Joseph and Julian.
on September 7th, 2020 at 1:18 pm
CT is the correct abbreviation for Connecticut, not CN.
on September 8th, 2020 at 6:35 pm
The highest name for each sex that we’re missing in the Texas top 100 is Willow (#46 in the U.S.) and Colton (#59), though Nora (#34) just baaarely made it onto the Texas list at #100.
And here are some of the Texas top 100 names that aren’t in the U.S. top 100—not surprisingly, lots of Latin/Hispanic influence:
Girls: Ximena, Melanie, Andrea, Valeria, Alexa, Catalina, Arianna, Ashley, Ana (#224 in the U.S.), Adalynn, Kaylee, Daniela (#217) – there are actually more girls than this, but I picked the ones that are at #110 or higher on the U.S. list.
Boys: Luis, Juan, Jesus, Diego, Damian, Carlos, Gael, Alejandro, Miguel, Emiliano, Adriel, Ivan, Andres (#220), Emmanuel, Ayden, Alan
Also, Santiago is in the top 10 for boys—so cool!
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