Found: The Most Strangely Popular Baby Names in All 50 States

Kelsey Clark

We look to popular baby names not only for inspiration but to get a sense of where our nation is headed culturally. In 2016, for example, we watched gender-neutral baby names go mainstream, whereas 2015 bore witness to the resurgence of old school baby names like William and Charlotte. Arguably more interesting is a state-by-state breakdown of baby names to see which trends pop in which parts of the country. TIME magazine recently did just that, using the Social Security Administration's state-by-state data on the most popular baby names in 2016. It then analyzed the data to find out each state's most popular unique name. Below, see the two most popular unique baby names in your state:  

Alaska: Anastasia, Leon

Alabama: Kadence, Cornelius

Arkansas: Averie, Keagan 

Arizona: Scarlette, Alvaro

California: Angela, Andy

Colorado: Jazlyn, Augustine 

Connecticut: Giada, Nico

Delaware: Sydney, Shawn

Florida: Antonella, Felipe

Georgia: Ansley, Kyrie

Hawaii: Kiana, Reign

Iowa: Alyvia, Carver

Idaho: Jaylee, Mccoy

Illinois: Milani, Niam

Indiana: Lincoln, Lyndon

Kansas: Hayden, Dayton

Kentucky: Raylynn, Memphis

Louisiana: Jolie, Tahj 

Massachusetts: Eleni, Harry

Maryland: Drew, Damari

Maine: Raegan, Alden

Michigan: Layan, Ali 

Minnesota: Ingrid, Imran

Missouri: Letty, Brett 

Mississippi: Destinee, Kaiden

Montana: Finley, Sterling 

North Carolina: Neriah, Juelz

North Dakota: Briella, Beckett

Nebraska: Rory, Barrett

New Hampshire: Delaney, Brady 

New Jersey: Aadhya, Kiaan 

New Mexico: Estrella, Zachariah

Nevada: Roselyn, Romeo

New York: Rachel, Aron

Ohio: Corinne, Clifford

Oklahoma: Spencer, Baker

Oregon: Magnolia, Koda

Pennsylvania: Carmella, Leroy

Rhode Island: Gia, Armani

South Carolina: Charleston, Coleman

South Dakota: Berkley, Brooks

Tennessee: Briley, Deangelo

Texas: Arleth, Gael

Utah: Quincy, Beckham 

Virginia: Soraya, Camren

Vermont: Isla, August

Washington: Kristina, Bastian 

Wisconsin: Bernadette, Jordy 

West Virginia: Paislee, Branson 

Wyoming: Aspen, Bridger

Which names on this list surprised you most? Share your thoughts below, and pick up The Most Popular Baby Names for 2017 for even more inspiration.

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