Emma and Noah are the new Number 1 baby names in the US, but are they the most popular names where you live?
Emma was Number 1 in just 22 states, Noah at the top in only 13. Other states put rivals Olivia, Ava, and Sophia at the head of the class for girls, as well as Mia (in Hawaii and New Mexico), Harper (in South Dakota), Isabella (Florida) and Genesis (D.C.). For boys, there were seven other names vying for the top spot, with Liam, William, Mason, Benjamin, Henry, Jackson, or Elijah beating Noah in 37 states.
Moving down the list, it’s easy to see certain names really gathering steam and heading higher. The following are girls’ names not in the national Top 10 which reached that level and beyond in at least two states, as well as names that ranked No. 1 in some states:
Ava — Ava reigns at No. 1 in every Southern state, from North Carolina to Louisiana, except Florida, as well as in Delaware and North Dakota.
Avery — 16 nationally, made the Top 10 in no less than 13 states.
Brooklyn — No. 31 on the SS list, was in fifth place in states nowhere near NYC — Mississippi and Minnesota.
Evelyn — No. 15 nationally, Evelyn is edging closer and closer to the Top 10, attaining as high as third place in Idaho, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Harper — The only new name in the girls’ Top 10 made No. 1 in South Dakota.
Isabella — The former national No. 1 still holds the top spot in Florida.
Lillian — No. 26, reached tenth place in two states.
Mia — Reached No. 1 in New Mexico and Hawaii.
Nora — No. 41, was a Top 10 name in three states, Number 5 in Minnesota.
Olivia — Olivia is a favorite in Northern states from East to West, reaching the top spot in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Illiinois, Minnesota, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska.
Paisley — (45) reached as high as Number 6 in Mississippi
Skylar — (42), a Southern fave, Top 10 in three states..
Sophia — Another former national Number 1, still reigns in California, Nevada, Aritzona, and Connecticut.
And there were some single-appearance outliers:
Now to the boys — a substantially longer list here, with more names appearing in the Top 10 — or even at Number 1 — in a single state:
Benjamin — The newest entrant to the Top 10 nationally reached Number 1 in Massachusetts.
Gabriel — (22) was in the Top 10 in several states.
Henry — (29) is finally moving up in many areas of the country, reaching first place in Nebraska and Minnesota and second in Oregon.
John — (26), long-time leading boys’ name in the English-speaking world, is back at Number 2 in Mississippi.
Julian — (45) was Number 10 in two Western states.
Levi —(42) was in fifth place in three states.
Liam —The national Number 2 name was Number 1 in 16 states, which puts it in close reach of claiming Noah’s crown. Unlike some names which dominate regionally, Liam is a favorite from Maine to Florida, New Jersey to Oregon, Alaska to Arkansas.
Logan — (14) was Number 2 in Maryland.
Lucas — (16) is making great strides, as high as Number 5 in Michigan.
Luke — (28) is in the Top 10 of three states.
Mason — This name popularized by the Kardashians reached Number 1 in Pennsylvania.
Oliver — (19) is sure to be further up next year; he’s now Number 1 in Washington, Wisconsin and South Dakota, 2 in Utah, Minnesota and Vermont.Owen (36) is another comer, Number 2 in Maine, South Dakota and Tennessee and Top 10 in several other states.
Noah — Noah’s continued hold on the Number 1 spot over Liam may be thanks to its dominance in the high-population states of California, Illinois, and Texas.
Sebastian — (35) was Number 8 in three states.
William — Classic William is a Southern favorite, reigning in a solid block of Southern states that includes Virginia and Kentucky but not Florida and Louisiana. William is also Number 1 in Montana and Utah.
And now the boy outliers, who popped in one particular place:
Charles — (50) 10 in DC.
Isaac — (31) was 10 in Nebraska.