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by Kiri Blakeley on October 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM

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??


Image via Pacific Coast News

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  • CeCe
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    October 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM
    Yes my son's name is Mason! But with a little twist because I had to be different.
  • Sarah.S.
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    October 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM
    Let's not pretend that Masons popularity is solely due to Mason Dissick. Mason has been in the top 100 since 1997. It was already 34 the year Mason was born. It was on a downward trajectory when Kourtney chose it, all she did was speed up what was already going to happen.
    Penelope has been in the top 1000 since 2001 and as of 2011 is ranked 169. It was already gaining popularity when Kourtney chose it, all she managed to do is pick two up and coming names and speed up their rise to popularity. They didn't make them popular, they were already popular.
    Also, Jacobs rise to popularity had nothing to do with Twilight, that was a fluke.
  • GlowW...


    October 5, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Jacob has always been in the top 10. At least for the last 200 years or so. And it's been number 1 or number 2 for at least the last decade. Not surprised.

  • Maria...
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    Mariah Leah Philion

    October 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM
    Well my sons name is Carter but I didn't choose it because it was popular, to be honest I never met a Carter in my life but I always loved the name!
  • Melan...


    October 8, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    no my sons name is never in the top and I hope it stays that way, I didnt want to give my child a name everyone had, his name is Damon

  • RabReb


    October 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM
    My daughter was named after my grandmother and she will never have her name anywhere in the most popular lists. Her name is Raamah (pronounced like Raymuh). It's unique and beautiful and she loves it because it's one of a kind. The funny thing is my son's name, Roy, which is a common name, is so unusual these days. And I wanted to call him Alexander. What was I thinking? lol
  • Laure...
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    Lauren Wasinger

    October 8, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    It's sort of fun to know my daughters will never be in one of these lists. haha Mera and Gergana are not terrible popular names... at least not in the US. :)

  • Korry...
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    Korry Factor-Ortiz

    October 8, 2012 at 3:06 PM
    sorry but im just not into "popular" baby/kids daughters name is magdalene and we call her maggie...we have names picked out for our future kids and none of them are "popular" to say the least (but they arent weird either lol) i want a unique and special name for my kid, plus i dont want him/her to be in a same class room with another kid(or 2) with the same name lol
  • utter...


    October 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    my son name is austin. it wasn't that popular when he was born but there's about 3 or 4 of them in his class of 300. my daughter name is autumn. i didn't care if it was popular. she was born when the leaves was changing color and i just love the fall. that's why i named her that. if i had more kids my son's name would be anthony and my daughter would be anastasia.

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    Angie Hayes

    October 8, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    My kids are Wyatt and Lyra, unfortunatly I have been hearing a lot of Wyatts, there is one in my sons class as well...  I hope it is not too popular!

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