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The Top Unisex Names in Every US State

The Top Unisex Names in Every US State

The most popular unisex names in the USA in 2020 were Avery, Riley and Ryan. But does that hold true across every state?

Well, sometimes. But as you might guess, each state has its own favorite unisex names. For some, it’s an occupational name like Carter or Sawyer. Other states prefer names from nature, such as Rowan, or with roots in other languages, like Logan, Dylan and Angel.

We crunched the numbers from the SSA’s state-specific data and found the unisex names — which we define as ones used for at least 10% of the minority gender — given to the most children in each state.

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Popular Unisex Names: Trends and Favorites

National favorite Avery is the top unisex name across the most states (22 of them), followed by Logan (top in 11 states), and Sawyer (6 states).

Some states have unique favorites. Amari and Blake only appear in the Top 3 unisex names in Delaware, Angel only in New Mexico, Charlie in Utah, Hunter and Sage in Hawaii, Karter in Louisiana, Remington in West Virginia, and Rory in Rhode Island. 

All-round chart-topper Avery, is given to more girls than boys in every state. But it’s most strongly female in Idaho, where 88% of baby Averys are girls; and most gender-balanced in New Mexico, where 66% are girls and 34% are boys.

Parker is more gender-neutral. It is among the top unisex names in 14 states, leaning more female in Kansas and more male everywhere else.

Logan and Carter are not unisex names nationally (only 9% of American babies named Logan are girls, and 7% of babies named Carter), but in some states they are. Logan is most gender-balanced in Delaware, where 29% of Logans are female. Carter is most equal in Oklahoma, where 14% of Carters are girls.

Here is every unisex name that ranks in the Top 3 in at least one state:

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Top 3 Unisex Names in Every US State

What are the most popular unisex names where you live? Here is the Top 3 for each US state, ranked by the total number of children who were given the name in 2020.

The numbers in brackets are the girl:boy ratio of each name. For example, of all the babies named Rowan in Alaska in 2020, 35% were girls and 65% were boys.

Alaska: 1. Rowan (35:65) 2. River (41:59) 3. Riley (74:26)

Alabama: 1. Avery (83:17) 2. Sawyer (19:81) 3. Riley (71:29)

Arkansas: 1. Avery (83:17) 2. Logan (18:82) 3. Parker (40:60)

Arizona: 1. Logan (10:90) 2. Avery (78:22) 3. Dylan (12:88)

California: 1. Avery (82:18) 2. Jordan (16:86) 3. Riley (84:16)

Colorado: 1. Logan (13:87) 2. Avery (72:28) 3. Carter (12:88)

Connecticut: 1. Dylan (10:90) 2. Avery (72:28) 3. Riley (88:12)

District of Columbia: 1. Avery (77:23) 2. Logan (19:81) 3. Ryan (30:70)

Delaware: 1. Logan (29:71) 2. Amari (53:47) 3. Blake (43:57)

Florida: 1. Avery (77:23) 2. Riley (79:21) 3. Jordan (10:90)

Georgia: 1. Carter (12:88) 2. Logan (12:88) 3. Avery (74:26)

Hawaii: 1. Riley (68:32) 2. Hunter (17:83) 3. Sage (63:37)

Iowa: 1. Sawyer (34:66) 2. Avery (85:15) 3. Hayden (43:57)

Idaho: 1. Sawyer (29:71) 2. Avery (88:12) 3. Oakley (77:23)

Illinois: 1. Avery (79:21) 2. Cameron (11:89) 3. Ryan (12:88)

Indiana: 1. Logan (10:90) 2. Avery (76:24) 3. Parker (31:69)

Kansas: 1. Avery (75:25) 2. Logan (11:89) 3. Parker (53:47)

Kentucky: 1. Avery (79:21) 2. Parker (35:65) 3. River (31:69)

Louisiana: 1. Avery (78:22) 2. Karter (11:89) 3. Logan (20:80)

Maine: 1. Cameron (12:88) 2. Avery (82:18) 3. Rowan (25:75)

Maryland: 1. Logan (13:87) 2. Avery (79:21) 3. Cameron (12:88)

Maine: 1. Avery (70:30) 2. Rowan (33:67) 3. Parker (18:82)

Michigan: 1. Logan (10:90) 2. Avery (78:22) 3. Riley (78:22)

Minnesota: 1. Avery (81:19) 2. Sawyer (18:82) 3. Quinn (84:16)

Missouri: 1. Avery (83:17) 2. Logan (14:86) 3. Parker (40:60)

Mississippi: 1. Avery (81:19) 2. Riley (63:37) 3. Parker (38:62)

Montana: 1. Carter (13:87) 2. Riley (59:41) 3. Sawyer (19:81)

North Carolina: 1. Logan (11:89) 2. Avery (73:27) 3. Riley (83:17)

North Dakota: 1. Sawyer (34:66) 2. Parker (48:52) 3. Riley (63:37)

Nebraska: 1. Avery (84:16) 2. Rowan (33:67) 3. Parker (39:61)

New Hampshire: 1. Avery (86:14) 2. Rowan (26:74) 3. Sawyer (24:76)

New Jersey: 1. Avery (83:17) 2. Riley (89:11) 3. Parker (35:65)

New Mexico: 1. Angel (18:82) 2. Avery (66:34) 3. Dylan (16:84)

Nevada: 1. Dylan (12:88) 2. Riley (78:22) 3. Avery (77:23)

New York: 1. Avery (72:28) 2. Riley (88:12) 3. Cameron (11:89)

Ohio: 1. Logan (12:88) 2. Avery (77:23) 3. Parker (36:64)

Oklahoma: 1. Carter (14:86) 2. River (44:56) 3. Logan (16:84)

Oregon: 1. Avery (74:26) 2. Logan (11:89) 3. Riley (76:24)

Pennsylvania: 1. Logan (10:90) 2. Avery (82:18) 3. Ryan (11:89)

Rhode Island: 1. Avery (75:25) 2. Rowan (32:68) 3. Rory (44:54)

South Carolina: 1. Carter (12:88) 2. Logan (18:82) 3. Avery (73:27)

South Dakota: 1. Sawyer (33:67) 2. Avery (71:29) 3. Rowan (24:76)

Tennessee: 1. Avery (75:25) 2. Riley (75:25) 3. Parker (37:63)

Texas: 1. Avery (83:17) 2. Logan (12:88) 3. Carter (10:90)

Utah: 1. Oakley (89:11) 2. Logan (10:90) 2. Charlie (57:43)

Virginia: 1. Logan (12:88) 2. Avery (80:20) 3. Dylan (10:90)

Vermont: 1. Sawyer (37:63) 2. Parker (26:74) 3. Hayden (50:50)

Washington: 1. Avery (74:26) 2. Carter (10:90) 3. Rowan (27:73)

Wisconsin: 1. Sawyer (18:82) 2. Parker (29:71) 3. Quinn (89:11)

West Virginia: 1. Remington (22:78) 2. Avery (80:20) 3. Sawyer (14:86)

Wyoming: 1. Logan (18:82) 2. Sawyer (38:62) 3. Avery (67:33)

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Clare has been writing for Nameberry since 2015, covering everything from the next high-rising names to how to choose a multilingual name, and keeping up-to-date with international baby name rankings. She has a background in linguistics and librarianship, and lives in England with her husband and toddler. You can follow everything she reads about names on Twitter or Scoop.it, or reach her at clare@nameberry.com

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