May
24

Regional name trends: Different states of mind

Posted in Name my baby
by Lorain County Moms

nameberry.com

It’s always interesting to take a look at which names are most popular where. You can usually count on some surprises and this year is no exception. For instance Anna ranking in the top five in both Alabama and Mississippi, when it’s down at 29 across the country, and Logan, which is No. 17 on the Social Security list, now the No. 1 boys’ name in three widespread states — Idaho, Minnesota and New Hampshire.

Repeating the pattern of last year, the majority of names that popped out from the crowd were in the boys’ column; for the girls’ names across the country there was a remarkable uniformity of choice — with Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Madison, or Ava heading the list in all but two states, while on the male side, there were several top singletons, such as Wyatt in Wyoming and Ryan in Massachusetts.

But what are really most intriguing are the names that jump out of nowhere in one particular place — some of them throwbacks, some predictive of future popularity, some reflecting the state’s ethnicity, such as Gianna in New Jersey and Jose, the most common name in Texas.

Here are some of the names that were not even in the Top 25 nationally, but rated high in specific areas, with their national ratings in parenthesis:

Girls:

  • ALLISON (30) — No. 1 in the District of Columbia
  • ANNA (29) — No. 4 in Alabama
  • BROOKLYN (37) — No. 4 in Utah
  • CHARLOTTE (68) — No. 8 in the District of Columbia
  • FAITH (80) — No. 10 in Hawaii
  • GABRIELLA (33) — No. 10 in Rhode Island
  • GIANNA (76) — No. 11 in New Jersey
  • KATHERINE (60) — No. 4 in the District of Columbia
  • KAYLEE (26) — No. 10 in West Virginia
  • LILLIAN (27) — No. 10 in Indiana
  • MAKAYLA (44) — No. 9 in Mississippi
  • NEVEAH (34) — No. 4 in New Mexico
  • ZOE (47) — No. 9 in the District of Columbia

Boys:

  • ANGEL (37) — No. 4 in Arizona and Texas
  • BRAYDEN (47) — No. 6 in West Virginia
  • CALEB (31) — No. 6 in Hawaii
  • CARTER (50) — No. 3 in Iowa
  • CHASE (61) — No. 8 in Pennsylvania
  • GAVIN ((33) — No. 3 in South Dakota
  • HUNTER (56) — No. 2 in West Virginia
  • ISAAC (40) — No. 4 in Utah
  • ISAIAH (41) — No. 7 in New Mexico
  • JACK (42) — No. 3 in North Dakota
  • JOSE (43) — No. 1 in Texas
  • JOSIAH (87) — No. 10 in New Mexico

Nameberry (http://nameberry.com) is a baby-naming site produced by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, co-authors of 10 bestselling baby name guides, including the newest, “Beyond Ave and Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby.”

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