Most Popular Baby Names by State: Is Yours on the List?

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OliviaWhen I first took a look at this map of the most popular baby names by state, I was a little bit surprised for a couple of reasons.

First of all, there's not a whole lot of variance from state to state. Out of all the states in the U.S. -- there are only 10 baby names that made the list, which means parents all over the country seem to be following the same trends when it comes to choosing what to call their babies.

Second, out of those 10 names, one in particular -- a very traditional name, was only the most popular in the southeastern states. (Guess us folks up north like to venture off the beaten path a bit more.)

Ok, ok, enough with the suspense. Here are the most popular baby names by state, along with their breakdowns.

Mason -- Washington, Montana, Idaho, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Louisiana, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland.

Sophia -- Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire.

Emma -- Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Maine.

Olivia -- Alaska, Colorado.

William -- Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas.

Noah -- Hawaii

Alexander -- Illinois

Liam -- Vermont

Michael -- New Jersey

Isabella -- Florida

Soooo, I guess Mason and Sophia aren't quite as unique and original as they used to be, huh?

And the William thing still has me shaking my head, because the popularity of the name is clustered into that one little area of the U.S. (Kinda weird, right?)

And while I'm not the least bit surprised that Hawaii and Vermont favor different names than the rest of the country, what's up with New Jersey, Illinois, and Florida going against the norm? (Who knew those states were so ... trendy.)

Are you thinking of giving your baby one of these names? What state do you live in?


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nonmember avatar brit

Im from illinois, and i just want to say i opted for a more traditional route, i have 2 sons Joesph and Little George, and a daughter Caytlyn, but i knpow a number of ppl who have named there sons Hunter, and there daughter Hailey

nonmember avatar Lb

I have not considered Sophia to be very unique in over 10 years.

Chari... Charizma77

Those names are very popular, nice names, but popular so I'm not surprised.

nonmember avatar Lacy

William is my son's first name after my husband's dad who died when my husband was very young, and I live in Alabama. My son's name is William Alton. He goes by Alton. I think a lot of the popular names in the south are family names. William has been around for a long time, not as trendy as Liam and Sophia. It will probably continue to be popular for years and years. Especially in this area.

nonmember avatar Dannielle

I live in Oregon and just had my third baby last month, we named her Tuesday Lorraine. My other childrens names are Geraldine Mae and Anthony Michael.

nonmember avatar Ar

sophia and isabella are as common and overused as john or susan anywhere else. if you think these are unique names, then don't move to miami. in any classroom of 25 students, you will find at least 4 sophias and 5 isabellas.

jessi... jessicasmom1

Nope our names are not on the list but alot has daughters name

Audra... AudrasMommy

I'm from Indiana and my son's first name is William after my husband's grandpa. His middle name is Thatcher and we call him Thatcher. My girls' names are not on the list at all. I have an Audra Renae and a Lydia Marie. I like the old timey names, myself.

amber... amberraejones

My kids' names are Michael William, Cherokee Mikaylafaye, Hayley Nova, Jonathan Wyatt, Bradford Wayne, Spencer Thomas, and Joshua Houston.  They were all named after someone I admired or love very much.  

Katherine Maloney

You won't see my son's name on there cause I feel like I made it up!!! I've never heard anyone else naming their child Brayden!!!! -Texas Momma Bear-

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