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Popular Names by State

Popular Names by State

Popular names by state sometimes conform to the official list of popular names in the US but may also be quite different. There are 17 combinations of the Number 1 girl and boy names by state, as detailed on the map above.

Looking at the top names by state can also offer insight into regional baby name trends. Olivia + Oliver is primarily a Western combination, for instance, while Charlotte + Oliver dominates the Midwest. Olivia + Liam has a lot of fans in the Southwest.

States in the Deep South are most likely to have unique combinations of Number 1 girl and boy names vs the rest of the country. Southern and Northeastern states are most likely to feature Number 1 baby names that are different from those in neighboring states.

The Number 1 girl name in the US in 2020 was Olivia, which also ranks at the top of the popular names lists in big states like New York, California, and Texas.

But South Dakota and West Virginia put Harper at the top of their lists of popular girl names, while Amelia is the most popular girl name in North Dakota, Kentucky, and Vermont. And several southern states rank Ava at the top of their girls' names popularity lists.

On the boys' side, Liam still reigns as the Number 1 boy name in the US. But Henry is Number 1 in Minnesota, James rules in Mississippi, and Lucas is the most popular boys' names in New Hampshire.

Looking at popular baby names by state can also be a window into unique names that are much more popular in one state than any other. Brooks is popular in Nebraska, for instance, while Lincoln and Everly rank highly in New Hampshire. Hawaii features Kai in its Top 10 boy names, while New York puts Leah and Gianna in its Top 10 for girls.

Click through on the individual state names to find out the Top 1000 baby names by state in 2020.

For popular names lists in the US and from around the world, visit our main Popular Names page. You might also want to browse Nameberry's real-time lists of Popular Girl Names and Popular Boy Names.