The state-by-state baby name data is out! Every year, there are dozens of names that reach the top 100 in just one state or Washington, D.C. While any name in the U.S. top 1000 is considered popular nationally, a name generally has to be in a state’s top 100 to be considered popular at that level. Additionally, just because a name is popular at the state-level doesn’t mean it’s popular throughout the whole country (unless said name is popular in California or Texas).
Here are all the girls’ names that made it into the top 100 of just one state or D.C.:
Alaska: Alana, Diana, Noelle
California: Alina, Amy
District of Columbia: Amina, Amira, Dakota, Egypt, Helen, Nyla, Zara, Zuri
Hawaii: Alexandria, Anela, Journey, Kaia, Kailani, Kaiya, Kalea, Kalena, Kira, Leia, Leila, Mahina, Maia, Moana
Louisiana: Amari, Camille, Kali
Minnesota: Aisha, Lucille
Mississippi: Heaven, Kayleigh, Kennedi, Laila, Makenzie, Malaysia, Paris, Raelyn
Montana: Emberly, Freya, Greta
New Hampshire: Paige
New Mexico: Selena
North Dakota: Adley, Alayna, Gemma, Hayden, Kinley
Rhode Island: Alanna, Rosalie
South Dakota: Hattie
Utah: Adelaide, Annie, June, Millie, Navy
Vermont: Beatrice, Brynn, Lena, Lila, Mira, Octavia
West Virginia: Arabella, Gracelynn, Kendall, Maci, Mckenna
Wyoming: Charleigh, Harley, Kimber, Maggie, Sierra
- Names popular in a single state that are rare nationally: Anela, Kalea, Kalena, Mahina, Moana, Navy
- Moana is up nationally because of the movie
- Egypt (D.C.), Emberly (Montana), and Octavia (Vermont) were new to the U.S. Top 1000 in 2017.
- Compare to the 2016 list. Very few of these names stayed uniquely popular in the same state over two years.
What do you think? Are you surprised by any of these? Let me know, and stay tuned for the boys’ list!