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Most popular baby names in every state

  • Most popular baby names in every state

    Each state has its own distinct culture, from architectural styles to signature dishes. These fads and trends inevitably spread out regionally and beyond, urged along by social media, news coverage, and popular culture at large. But while there are unmistakably shared American trends, individual states show variations—some subtle, some apparent—in what their residents favor. When it comes to baby names, regional preferences and rich diversity are apparent even when there are common threads stretching coast to coast. The difference is that while the popularity of different names may change, people who are assigned those names will have them forever.

    Today, more parents than ever are choosing unusual names for their children. In 1940, 20% of male babies were given a top-five most popular name in the nation, according to a 2016 report from Goldman Sachs. In 2014, only 4% of male babies were named with a top-five moniker. Researchers believe the internet may have something to do with the shift: Parents now have easy access to name data and can choose a statistically unique name if that is something they value. 

    Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

    Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five—or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

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  • Alabama

    - #1. Ava (for girls, 293 babies born); William (for boys, 369 babies born)
    - #2. Olivia (for girls, 259 babies born); James (for boys, 328 babies born)
    - #3. Harper (for girls, 204 babies born); John (for boys, 285 babies born)
    - #4. Emma (for girls, 202 babies born); Elijah (for boys, 279 babies born)
    - #5. Amelia (for girls, 183 babies born); Noah (for boys, 242 babies born)

  • Alaska

    - #1. Aurora (for girls, 45 babies born); Oliver (for boys, 53 babies born)
    - #2. Amelia (for girls, 43 babies born); Logan (for boys, 43 babies born)
    - #3. Charlotte (for girls, 43 babies born); Liam (for boys, 41 babies born)
    - #4. Olivia (for girls, 43 babies born); Benjamin (for boys, 39 babies born)
    - #5. Sophia (for girls, 40 babies born); Michael (for boys, 38 babies born)

  • Arizona

    - #1. Emma (for girls, 459 babies born); Liam (for boys, 458 babies born)
    - #2. Olivia (for girls, 412 babies born); Noah (for boys, 379 babies born)
    - #3. Mia (for girls, 367 babies born); Sebastian (for boys, 350 babies born)
    - #4. Isabella (for girls, 366 babies born); Benjamin (for boys, 296 babies born)
    - #5. Sophia (for girls, 359 babies born); Oliver (for boys, 296 babies born)

  • Arkansas

    - #1. Ava (for girls, 169 babies born); Noah (for boys, 159 babies born)
    - #2. Olivia (for girls, 152 babies born); Elijah (for boys, 158 babies born)
    - #3. Emma (for girls, 146 babies born); William (for boys, 155 babies born)
    - #4. Amelia (for girls, 124 babies born); Liam (for boys, 134 babies born)
    - #5. Harper (for girls, 118 babies born); Oliver (for boys, 125 babies born)

  • California

    - #1. Emma (for girls, 2,722 babies born); Noah (for boys, 2,555 babies born)
    - #2. Mia (for girls, 2,484 babies born); Liam (for boys, 2,405 babies born)
    - #3. Olivia (for girls, 2,456 babies born); Sebastian (for boys, 2,204 babies born)
    - #4. Isabella (for girls, 2,193 babies born); Mateo (for boys, 2,097 babies born)
    - #5. Sophia (for girls, 2,152 babies born); Ethan (for boys, 2,052 babies born)

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  • Colorado

    - #1. Olivia (for girls, 325 babies born); Liam (for boys, 331 babies born)
    - #2. Emma (for girls, 266 babies born); Oliver (for boys, 274 babies born)
    - #3. Charlotte (for girls, 265 babies born); William (for boys, 266 babies born)
    - #4. Evelyn (for girls, 222 babies born); Noah (for boys, 239 babies born)
    - #5. Isabella (for girls, 213 babies born); Benjamin (for boys, 228 babies born)

  • Connecticut

    - #1. Olivia (for girls, 203 babies born); Noah (for boys, 236 babies born)
    - #2. Emma (for girls, 200 babies born); Liam (for boys, 219 babies born)
    - #3. Isabella (for girls, 181 babies born); Benjamin (for boys, 177 babies born)
    - #4. Charlotte (for girls, 170 babies born); Logan (for boys, 166 babies born)
    - #5. Ava (for girls, 167 babies born); Lucas (for boys, 164 babies born)

  • Delaware

    - #1. Ava (for girls, 49 babies born); Liam (for boys, 63 babies born)
    - #2. Isabella (for girls, 47 babies born); Noah (for boys, 59 babies born)
    - #3. Charlotte (for girls, 43 babies born); Mason (for boys, 49 babies born)
    - #4. Olivia (for girls, 43 babies born); Logan (for boys, 45 babies born)
    - #5. Sophia (for girls, 40 babies born); James (for boys, 43 babies born)

  • Florida

    - #1. Isabella (for girls, 1,262 babies born); Liam (for boys, 1,428 babies born)
    - #2. Emma (for girls, 1,215 babies born); Noah (for boys, 1,290 babies born)
    - #3. Olivia (for girls, 1,111 babies born); Lucas (for boys, 1,094 babies born)
    - #4. Sophia (for girls, 1,022 babies born); Elijah (for boys, 934 babies born)
    - #5. Mia (for girls, 944 babies born); Logan (for boys, 833 babies born)

  • Georgia

    - #1. Ava (for girls, 671 babies born); William (for boys, 639 babies born)
    - #2. Olivia (for girls, 520 babies born); Noah (for boys, 624 babies born)
    - #3. Emma (for girls, 514 babies born); Liam (for boys, 536 babies born)
    - #4. Amelia (for girls, 423 babies born); Elijah (for boys, 535 babies born)
    - #5. Isabella (for girls, 419 babies born); James (for boys, 486 babies born)

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