And yeah, people aren’t as original as they’d like to think, so there are a lot of repeats in the states’ favorites!
This data was compiled from 2018 census data, so you know, things might have changed a bit. What we do know for sure is that, when you’re allowed back into the Chick-fil-A playplace, there are going to be lots of little Emmas and Liams running around!
The most popular girl name, as I’ve just pointed out, is Emma – 14 states, including Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia
Is it because of Friends? We may never know, but Emma is for sure having a heyday!
Just behind Emma, winning 13 states, is Olivia: Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington.
Then there’s Ava, the most popular girl’s name in 11 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Harper (surprisingly!) came in first in 4 states: Iowa, Montana, South Dakota, and Vermont).
Neighboring states Minnesota and Wisconsin share a most popular female name: Evelyn, which two states that don’t seem to have much else in common at all – Rhode Island and Wyoming – both picked Amelia for their baby girls.
Two states, Florida and New Mexico, favored Isabella.
Only two states – Alaska and Maine – had favorite names shared by not one other state. Their most popular girls’ names were Aurora and Charlotte, respectively.
Now, onto the boys!!
Liam is the most popular name in the country by a landslide, so it makes sense that it’s the top pick in 20 states: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington.
The next most-chosen boy’s name belongs to Oliver, first in 11 states: Alaska, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Noah came home with a respectable showing of 8 states, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New Mexico, and North Carolina.
William is still popular in the south, winning Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
There were more one-offs for the boy’s names, with 5 states having totally unique top picks. They are Benjamin (Massachusetts), Henry (Minnesota), John (Mississippi), Grayson (South Dakota), and Mason (West Virginia).
I don’t know guys, but South Dakotans goin with Grayson is the biggest surprise of the bunch (for me!)
Well, there you have it!
Were you unique? Not so much? Tell us in the comments!