The Most Popular Baby Names by State

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Remember the days when people would name their babies after, say, their great-grandmother? Well, consider Kourtney Kardashian the great-grandmother of our nation. A list of the most popular baby names state-by-state put out by the Social Security Administration proves that people are watching the Kardashians.

The most popular boy's name in 22 states ranging from Wisconsin to Kansas to Alaska is ... Scott Disick! Haha. No, of course not. It's Mason. And the trend took off in 2009 when Kourtney gave birth. (Watch for Penelope to rank in a couple of years.)

If parents weren't naming their baby boys Mason, then they went for William, which ranked tops in 13 states like Virginia, Georgia, and Arkansas.

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For girls, Emma or Sophia took top honors for most states. Then there's Olivia, Isabella, and Ava, which took top honors for the leftover states. In fact, in every single state except two, the most popular girl's name ended in "a." The only exception was Mississippi and South Carolina, where the most popular girl's name was Madison. Which, conversely, was the most popular boy's name in West Virginia.

I can just imagine little Madison (girl) from Mississippi meeting little Madison (boy) from West Virginia and being all, "Hey, you have a girl's name," and he's all, "Nuh-uh! You have a boy's name!"

Award for most original name choice goes to Iowa, for Carter, that state's most popular boy's name. Other states that may have been influenced by celebrity moms are Florida with Jayden (Britney Spears) and Colorado and Vermont with Liam (Tori Spelling). The vast majority of popular boy's names end in either "m" or "n."

The biblical (or Twilight?!) name Jacob makes an appearance in four states, and the other biblical name, Noah, in one state, Hawaii. Surprisingly, New York is the only place where Michael is still tops. Maybe after Bloomberg? Haha. Yeah, not.

Do you notice the popularity of these names in your state? Is your kid's name Mason??


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Hawks... Hawks_Baby

Thankfully not. My oldest 's name is Christian. Well, we all know what that names means and where it comes from. My younger two are Colin and Caylyn, both Gaelic names.

poohb... poohbear1183

my kids names are Hannah Starfire, Illyana Sapphire and Wyatt Jackson ...i like them who cares if they are popular or not?

nonmember avatar alyak

My son was just born Sept 30. His name happens to be Mason. We are from Indiana. Although, it has nothing to do with Mason Disick. I have never met a "Mason" before.

nonmember avatar frusterated

Yep, unfortunately my son's name is Mason. He's our second & my husband felt he had the right to name him b/c he's a boy with complete disregard to my #1 rule: No popular names! This article just confirms what I already knew and have been so frustrated about. I hate when people say "it's a good name", well yeah...that's the problem, everyone thinks so! lol

nonmember avatar Sam

My son's name is Noble. Not even in the top 1000 most popular names.

Ariel Evans

I live in Louisiana and have one Mason in my classroom this year, but he goes by Drake. I have not met an Ava in my life. I think it's a beautiful name. My kids' names have never been on the top lists and I'm pretty ok with that fact. My son's name is Leon and my daughter is Delilah.    :) Love their names and they fit my kids perfectly. 


Simone Green

I always wanted a girl Anastasia and boy Alexei. But I have a Molly, Jake and Lili (Fenella, Lawson & Marlene are their middle names).

Jennifer Anne Marie Lorentzen

My boys have pretty unique names especially in the U.S. #1 is Hanz Byron spelt with a z at the end to garantee uniqueness, and #2 is Ezra Watt. Ezra is slightly more common as it has been used in the last hundred years but still quite unique. I've only met one other Hans but it was with an s, and I still haven't ran into any other Ezra's. Byron is a family name that is still not very common anymore and Watt is a maiden surname of my husband's grandmother so isn't really a common name either. If I had a girl it would either be Zoe or Eliza with the middle name of Lorraine.

Kita Lucky

I have two daughters and their names are not in the popular lists and I am quite okay with that. My older daughter name is Cherika which she is name after my 2 close friends Cheree and Marika so I took their names and combined it to one name and her middle name is Neriki which we took our three grandmamas' names from my husband and mine and combined them all together. Our younger daughter name is Julianne which is after my mom and her 2 sisters all combined and her middle name is Maj which is my husband's mother's name.

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