Popular Names - State by State

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By Linda Rosenkrantz, Nameberry.com

Now that Social Security has released the top names for every state, we can move beyond the broad nationwide picture and delve into the more regional patterns. As you'll see below, far from every state was on board with newly crowned Noah -- in fact, he topped the lists of only three states. Also it's interesting to see how various favorites spill over shared borders, such as which names were common primarily in New England (Benjamin!), the South (Brooklyn!) and the West (Harper!), as well as such idiosyncrasies as Paisley being a Top 5 name in Wyoming, Lincoln in the Utah Top 10 and Aria a top name in Hawaii.


Though Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella and Ava were the Top 5 nationwide, Sophia was at the top of the list in only 11 states, while Emma ruled in 27, Olivia in seven, Ava in three and Isabella in two. The one outlier? Charlotte was in the lead in the District of Columbia.

Other more individualistic choices among the girls:

Aubrey (No. 17 nationally) came in at No. 4 in Mississippi, No. 5 in Louisiana

Avery (No. 12) was No. 5 in Nebraska

Evelyn (No. 20) was No. 5 in Wisconsin

Genesis (No. 55) was the fourth most popular name in the District of Columbia.

Harper (No. 16) is definitely on the way up, especially in middle and western America she ranked No. 2 in Iowa and South Dakota; No. 3 in Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota; No. 5 in Kansas: a pretty sure bet for the Top 10 next year

Paisley (No. 80 nationally) ranked at No. 5 in Wyoming.

Moving on to include the Top 10, we find some other anomalies:

Addison No. 7 in Arkansas and Mississippi, No. 8 in Missouri, No. 6 in Idaho and Kentucky, No. 9 in North Carolina and North Dakota, No. 10 in Indiana and Ohio

Alexis No. 9 in South Dakota

Amelia No. 6 in Vermont, No. 7 in Oregon and the District of Columbia, No. 9 in Minnesota, No. 10 in Alaska and Illinois

Aria (No. 40 nationally) No. 7 in Hawaii

Brooklyn  No. 6 in Mississippi, No. 8 in Alabama and Arkansas, No. 10 in Louisiana, No. 7 in Montana, No. 9 in Utah

Camila  (No. 39 nationally) No. 8 in California

Eleanor No. 10 in the District of Columbia

Grace No. 9 in New Hampshire, No. 8 in South Dakota

Lillian No. 6 in Indiana, No. 7 in Ohio, No. 9 in West Virginia, No. 10 in Wyoming

Lucy  No. 8 in Utah

Nevaeh No. 9 in New Mexico

Serenity (No. 53 nationally) No. 10 in New Mexico

Taylor No. 8 in Mississippi

Victoria No. 10 in Texas

Zoe No. 6 in the District of Columbia

Zoey No. 10 in Iowa


There was quite a bit more diversity on the blue side. The Top 5 on the national list were Noah, Liam, Jacob, Mason and William, but Noah was No. 1 in only three states: Arizona, Illinois and New Mexico. Liam, on the other hand, ranked highest in 18 states, Jacob in the populous states of California, New York and Texas; Mason in nine states and William in 14 states; while Michael still ruled at the top in Delaware and New Jersey, and Jayden was first in Florida; Benjamin, in Massachusetts; and Ethan, in Nevada.

Other Top 5 names:

Aiden No. 4 in Delaware, No. 5 in Louisiana and Mississippi

Alexander No. 4 in Arizona and Colorado, No. 2 in Washington state, the District of Columbia and Illinois

Benjamin No. 1 in Massachusetts, No. 2 in Maine, No. 3 in Rhode Island, No. 4 in Oregon and No. 5 in New Hampshire

Bentley (No. 81 nationally) No. 5 in West Virginia

Carter No. 5 in Idaho and Michigan; No. 3 in Iowa, Wyoming and South Dakota; No. 4 in Maine and Nebraska

Daniel No. 5 in Arkansas and Texas, No. 3 in California

Easton (No. 88 nationally) No. 5 in North Dakota

Elijah No. 2 in New Mexico; No. 3 in North Carolina, Tennessee and Oregon; No. 4 in Georgia and Louisiana; No. 5 in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina and Arkansas

Henry No. 3 in the District of Columbia, No. 4 in Minnesota

Hunter No. 4 in West Virginia and Wyoming, No. 5 in Montana

Jack No. 4 in North Dakota

Jackson No. 3 in Colorado and Maine; No. 5 in Kansas, No. 4 in Missouri and New Hampshire

James No. 3 in Alabama, Utah and South Carolina; No. 4 in Arkansas and Tennessee; No. 5 in Georgia, No. 4 in Kentucky

Jaxon No. 5 in Oklahoma

John No. 4 in Alabama, Mississippi and the District of Columbia

Joseph No. 4 in New Jersey

Josiah (No. 69 nationally) No. 5 in New Mexico

Logan No. 4 in Pennsylvania, No. 5 in Hawaii, Wisconsin and Minnesota

Matthew No. 5 in California, No. 2 in New Jersey

Owen No. 4 in Iowa and Wisconsin, No. 2 in Vermont

Ryan No. 4 in Massachusetts

Samuel No. 4 in Idaho, No. 5 in Maine and Utah

Wyatt No. 4 in Alaska and Montana, No. 2 in Idaho and Wyoming

And again, moving on to the Top 10 lists, some standouts:

Anthony No. 10 in Florida, No. 6 in Nevada and New Jersey

Brayden (No. 48 nationally) No. 7 in West Virginia

Brody (No. 94 nationally) No. 10 in Wyoming

Christopher No. 8 in Mississippi

David No. 8 in Texas

Dylan No. 10 in Connecticut

Eli No. 6 in North Dakota

Gabriel No. 16 in New Mexico, No. 10 in Montana

Gavin (No. 49 nationally) No. 9 in South Dakota

Isaac No. 9 in Kansas, No. 6 in Nebraska

Jace (No. 66 nationally) No. 7 in Wyoming

Jose No. 6 in Texas

Joshua No. 8 in South Carolina

Landon No. 10 in West Virginia

Lincoln (No. 95 nationally) No. 9 in Utah

Lucas No. 6 in Michigan, No. 8 in Indiana, No. 10 in Maine and Massachusetts

Oliver No. 10 in Vermont


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