Last year, the names Noah and Emma dominated the baby name registries, taking the top spot as the most popular names for boys and girls, respectively, across the country. But interestingly, while Emma was the most popular baby girl name in 22 U.S. states, Noah was only the most popular in nine of them. In a state-by-state showdown, the baby boy name Liam gained the top spot in the most number of states — 16 to be exact.
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It's always fun to see which baby names were the most popular in the U.S. from year to year. But it's even more fun to look at the trends that pop up from state to state. For instance, the name Harper was the top baby girl name in just two states: North and South Dakota. It must be a Dakota thing.
Florida and New Mexico had unique baby girl names (Isabella and Mia) and New Jersey (Michael), Wyoming (Jackson), Massachusetts (Benjamin), and Minnesota (Henry), had unique baby boy names. But only Washington D.C. bucked the trend when it came to both boy and girl names, making it the one area that had unique names (Alexander and Elizabeth) in its top spot for both categories.
Want to see which names will held the top spot in your state? Take a look here and check out all of the data on the top 100 names for each state as far back as 1960 over at the Social Security Administration website.
Top girl names by state in 2014
#1 Emma — Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia
#2 Olivia — Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming
#3 Sophia — Arizona, California, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia
#4 Ava — Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina
#5 Harper — North Dakota, South Dakota
#6 (three-way tie) Elizabeth — Washington D.C.; Isabella — Florida; Mia — New Mexico
Top boy names by state in 2014
#1 Liam — Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Nebraska, North Dakota, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington
#2 William — Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia
#3 Noah — Arizona, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas
#4 Mason — Arkansas, Connecticut, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Wisconsin
#5 Jacob — New Hampshire, New York
#6 (five-way tie) Michael — New Jersey; Jackson — Wyoming; Benjamin — Massachusetts; Alexander — Washington D.C.; Henry — Minnesota