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Popular and Unique Baby Names by State, 2018

Sampling of baby names that appeared in the SSA state-specific baby name data for one state only.

We know what the top names in the country were last year, but what about the top names in each state? Here’s the list, released just yesterday by the SSA. I’ve also included each state’s most popular unique names (i.e., names that only appeared in the data for that particular state).

StateTop Names (f & m)Top Unique Names (f & m)
AlabamaAva & WilliamCrimson & Kendarius, Walton (tie)
AlaskaAurora & Oliver(none) & Paxson
ArizonaEmma & LiamSedona & Yadier
ArkansasAva & Noah(none) & Timber
CaliforniaEmma & NoahAni & Aram
ColoradoOlivia & LiamVail & Redding
ConnecticutOlivia & Noah(none) & (none)
DelawareAva & Liam(none) & (none)
D.C.Ava & William(none) & (none)
FloridaIsabella & LiamAbigaelle & Miron
GeorgiaAva & WilliamKaylei & Taylin
HawaiiEmma & LiamMahina & Kaimana
IdahoOlivia & LiamQuincey & Roczen
IllinoisOlivia & NoahJamaya & Laron
IndianaEmma & OliverDawt, Elma (tie) & Jamin
IowaHarper & OliverHuxley & Kinnick
KansasOlivia & LiamMacklyn & Creighton, Whit (tie)
KentuckyEmma & WilliamAnnlee, Terri (tie) & Jansen
LouisianaAva & NoahJaicee, Jersi (tie) & Colston
MaineOliver & Charlotte(none) & (none)
MarylandAva & LiamAnjolaoluwa & Adon, Murtaza (tie)
MassachusettsEmma & BenjaminVittoria & Henrique
MichiganOlivia & NoahLayal & Eldon
MinnesotaEvelyn & HenryMaida & Muhsin
MississippiAva & JohnSwayze & Jadarius
MissouriOlivia & LiamCharlea & Daxten, Zebulun (tie)
MontanaHarper & Liam(none) & (none)
NebraskaOlivia & Liam(none) & (none)
NevadaEmma & Liam(none) & (none)
New HampshireOlivia & Oliver (none) & (none)
New JerseyEmma & LiamTzipora & Binyomin
New MexicoIsabella & Noah(none) & (none)
New YorkEmma & LiamGitty & Mendel
North CarolinaAva & NoahHolden & Nahmir
North DakotaOlivia & Oliver(none) & (none)
OhioAva & LiamWilma & Grayden
OklahomaEmma & LiamDim, Jadyn (tie) & Thang
OregonEmma & OliverRuna & (none)
PennsylvaniaEmma & LiamBarbie, Surah (tie) & Joniel
Rhode IslandAmelia, Olivia (tie) & Liam(none) & (none)
South CarolinaAva & WilliamEmmagrace, Mills (tie) & Drayton, Mills (tie)
South DakotaHarper & Grayson, Henry, Liam (3-way tie)(none) & Ryken
TennesseeEmma & WilliamAnnaclaire, Caylen, Eulalia, Jakyra, Kamri, Parthenia, Tamari, Tylee (8-way tie) & Neyland
TexasEmma & LiamJessi & Eliud
UtahOlivia & OliverMable & Ammon
VermontHarper & Oliver(none) & (none)
VirginiaAva & WilliamTyasia & Alexi, Javonte, Mckinley (3-way tie)
WashingtonOlivia & LiamCallista & Ruvim
West VirginiaEmma & Mason(none) & Bransen
WisconsinEvelyn & Oliver(none) & Broxton, Kelby (tie)
WyomingAmelia, Emma (tie) & Oliver(none) & (none)

A few final thoughts…

  • I love that Aurora is now #1 in Alaska. :)
  • What’s up with Wilma in Ohio? Nine baby girls is nearly a quarter (23%) of the total national usage. Interesting.
  • One of the other unique Utah boy names was Kaladin, which comes from a character in the Stormlight Archive book series by Utah-based fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson.

How about you — what are your thoughts/observations?

Name Quotes for the Weekend #5

From name researcher Cleveland Evans:

With combined spellings, I also found 25,451 Jaydens, 13,249 Braydens, 5,102 Haydens and 2,320 Zaydens. When more rare names like Grayden, Bladen, Slayden and Waden are added in, the total number of boys with names rhyming with Aiden was more than 94,000, or more than 4.6 percent of all names for boys in 2011.

I calculated 4.9% for 2009. (Never did 2010.)

From Pandora Radio’s bio for the band Needtobreathe:

Named after acclaimed University of Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, brothers Bear and Bryant “Bo” Rinehart were born and raised in rural Possum Kingdom, South Carolina, where their pastor father ran a church camp.

From Abby Sandel of the blog Appellation Mountain:

I’m reading Lisa Napoli’s Radio Shangri-La: What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth, and wouldn’t you know it? Chapter Five starts with an account of baby naming customs in Bhutan:

If you walked into any village in all of Bhutan and shouted “Karma,” a quarter of the heads would turn. There are only about fifty names in the whole country … As Bhutan becomes more modern, some of the more daring Bhutanese parents break tradition in order to distinguish themselves, altering the spelling of familiar names or abbreviating them.

Napoli also explains that monks traditionally choose children’s names, but some of the boldest parents are also changing that custom. I have a feeling that there’s enough there for a book in itself!

From a Telegraph article about UK baby names:

An especially interesting development is the middle-class fashion for retro kitsch, with old-fashioned names such as Alfie, Charlie, Lily and Florence among the fastest-growing. Perhaps this yearning for the past is a good thing. But isn’t there a hint of Cath Kidston tweeness in the hordes of young Ernests and Olivers, Esmes and Maisies? Some friends, or friends of friends, are coming up with names that wouldn’t be out of place in a PG Wodehouse novel. It’s not quite reached the Bertram Wilberforce (or even Pelham Grenville) stage, but it’s getting there.

Here are quote lists #1, #2, #3 and #4.

How Many Baby Boys Got -Ayden Names in 2009?

We all know that names like Jayden and Aiden are popular. But…how popular?

This weekend, my goal was to find out.

I sat down with the SSA’s baby name list for 2009, picked out all the -ayden names, and counted them. I counted both the number of variants and the number of babies with each variant.

Here’s a run-down of what I found, sorted by ending. (Get ready to scroll!)

-dan [8504 babies, 31 variants]

  • -adan [1296]
    • Adan, 1117
    • Jadan, 59
    • Bradan, 33
    • Kadan, 33
    • Aadan, 23
    • Cadan, 20
    • Zadan, 6
    • Tadan, 5
  • -aedan [390]
    • Aedan, 255
    • Braedan, 65
    • Kaedan, 34
    • Jaedan, 30
    • Caedan, 6
  • -aidan [5967]
    • Aidan, 5749
    • Jaidan, 81
    • Kaidan, 67
    • Caidan, 17
    • Zaidan, 17
    • Braidan, 13
    • Haidan, 10
    • Aaidan, 8
    • Raidan, 5
  • -aydan [851]
    • Aydan, 396
    • Jaydan, 246
    • Braydan, 90
    • Kaydan, 39
    • Caydan, 32
    • Zaydan, 23
    • Haydan, 14
    • Taydan, 6
    • Raydan, 5

-den [85583 babies, 94 variants]

  • -aden [17386]
    • Jaden, 4111
    • Kaden, 4021
    • Caden, 3984
    • Braden, 2017
    • Aden, 1353
    • Aaden, 1259
    • Zaden, 155
    • Haden, 129
    • Bladen, 69
    • Paden, 53
    • Graden, 34
    • Taden, 28
    • Vaden, 20
    • Xaden, 20
    • Draden, 19
    • Baden, 18
    • Khaden, 18
    • Shaden, 16
    • Sladen, 11
    • Jhaden, 9
    • Breaden, 6
    • Chaden, 6
    • Daden, 6
    • Jaaden, 6
    • Keaden, 6
    • Thaden, 6
    • Traden, 6
  • -aeden [1858]
    • Braeden, 805
    • Jaeden, 390
    • Kaeden, 328
    • Caeden, 148
    • Aeden, 96
    • Zaeden, 24
    • Draeden, 18
    • Graeden, 12
    • Haeden, 12
    • Raeden, 11
    • Taeden, 7
    • Traeden, 7
  • -aiden [23390]
    • Aiden, 15846
    • Kaiden, 2276
    • Jaiden, 2247
    • Caiden, 1316
    • Braiden, 556
    • Raiden, 361
    • Zaiden, 295
    • Haiden, 225
    • Aaiden, 76
    • Xaiden, 48
    • Laiden, 15
    • Daiden, 14
    • Draiden, 13
    • Taiden, 13
    • Khaiden, 12
    • Blaiden, 10
    • Baiden, 9
    • Graiden, 9
    • Paiden, 7
    • Shaiden, 7
    • Xhaiden, 7
    • Naiden, 6
    • Traiden, 6
    • Yaiden, 6
    • Gaiden, 5
    • Jhaiden, 5
  • -ayden [42949]
    • Jayden, 17082
    • Brayden, 8526
    • Ayden, 4959
    • Hayden, 4822
    • Kayden, 2938
    • Cayden, 2726
    • Zayden, 741
    • Rayden, 193
    • Tayden, 165
    • Drayden, 156
    • Grayden, 132
    • Aayden, 98
    • Payden, 64
    • Layden, 47
    • Shayden, 43
    • Blayden, 40
    • Khayden, 29
    • Trayden, 23
    • Xayden, 22
    • Slayden, 21
    • Chayden, 19
    • Thayden, 16
    • Bayden, 15
    • Dayden, 15
    • Vayden, 14
    • Jhayden, 13
    • Wayden, 11
    • Nayden, 10
    • Clayden, 9

-din [1807 babies, 26 variants]

  • -adin [575]
    • Kadin, 255
    • Adin, 157
    • Jadin, 69
    • Cadin, 42
    • Aadin, 25
    • Bradin, 20
    • Zadin, 7
  • -aedin [124]
    • Jaedin, 50
    • Kaedin, 34
    • Braedin, 16
    • Aedin, 15
    • Caedin, 9
  • -aidin [125]
    • Aidin, 56
    • Kaidin, 32
    • Jaidin, 18
    • Caidin, 10
    • Zaidin, 9
  • -aydin [983]
    • Aydin, 380
    • Jaydin, 278
    • Braydin, 107
    • Kaydin, 95
    • Caydin, 44
    • Zaydin, 32
    • Haydin, 28
    • Taydin, 12
    • Raydin, 7

-dn [203 babies, 6 variants]

  • -aydn [203]
    • Haydn, 80
    • Braydn, 45
    • Jaydn, 34
    • Kaydn, 29
    • Aydn, 10
    • Caydn, 5

-don [3479 babies, 37 variants]

  • -adon [752]
    • Jadon, 528
    • Bradon, 60
    • Kadon, 52
    • Cadon, 29
    • Adon, 27
    • Aadon, 23
    • Ladon, 9
    • Gradon, 8
    • Sheadon, 6
    • Shadon, 5
    • Zadon, 5
  • -aedon [429]
    • Braedon, 222
    • Jaedon, 126
    • Kaedon, 44
    • Caedon, 27
    • Aedon, 10
  • -aidon [207]
    • Jaidon, 94
    • Aidon, 32
    • Kaidon, 30
    • Braidon, 23
    • Caidon, 13
    • Haidon, 8
    • Raidon, 7
  • -aydon [2091]
    • Braydon, 1022
    • Jaydon, 686
    • Kaydon, 79
    • Haydon, 76
    • Graydon, 75
    • Aydon, 45
    • Caydon, 34
    • Raydon, 16
    • Zaydon, 15
    • Paydon, 11
    • Draydon, 9
    • Shaydon, 9
    • Taydon, 8
    • Laydon, 6

-dun [6 babies, 1 variant]

  • -aydun [6]
    • Jaydun, 6

-dyn [3022 babies, 36 variants]

  • -adyn [1284]
    • Bradyn, 397
    • Jadyn, 275
    • Kadyn, 257
    • Adyn, 104
    • Cadyn, 83
    • Aadyn, 76
    • Hadyn, 31
    • Zadyn, 26
    • Gradyn, 24
    • Khadyn, 6
    • Keadyn, 5
  • -aedyn [570]
    • Braedyn, 172
    • Jaedyn, 166
    • Kaedyn, 109
    • Aedyn, 45
    • Caedyn, 36
    • Haedyn, 15
    • Zaedyn, 15
    • Draedyn, 6
    • Raedyn, 6
  • -aidyn [931]
    • Aidyn, 321
    • Jaidyn, 273
    • Kaidyn, 131
    • Braidyn, 59
    • Caidyn, 53
    • Haidyn, 40
    • Zaidyn, 39
    • Raidyn, 10
    • Xaidyn, 5
  • -aydyn [237]
    • Jaydyn, 89
    • Aydyn, 40
    • Haydyn, 32
    • Braydyn, 31
    • Kaydyn, 28
    • Caydyn, 9
    • Zaydyn, 8

-d*nn [87 babies, 7 variants]

  • -aidenn [15]
    • Aidenn, 15
  • -aydenn [54]
    • Jaydenn, 29
    • Aydenn, 19
    • Haydenn, 6
  • -adynn [6]
    • Jadynn, 6
  • -aidynn [12]
    • Aidynn, 6
    • Jaidynn, 6

-dd*n [139 babies, 11 variants]

  • -adden [71]
    • Hadden, 22
    • Jadden, 18
    • Adden, 12
    • Cadden, 8
    • Kadden, 6
    • Bradden, 5
  • -aidden [28]
    • Aidden, 21
    • Jaidden, 7
  • -aydden [17]
    • Aydden, 12
    • Jaydden, 5
  • -addon [23]
    • Haddon, 23

Other [162 babies, 18 variants]

  • Aiyden, 37
  • Jaiyden, 16
  • Aodhan, 14
  • Ayeden, 11
  • Jahden, 11
  • Aiydan, 8
  • Ayedin, 6
  • Breaden, 6
  • Kaiyden, 6
  • Keaden, 6
  • Sheadon, 6
  • Aiedan, 5
  • Aieden, 5
  • Aiiden, 5
  • Jahyden, 5
  • Jayeden, 5
  • Jayhden, 5
  • Keadyn, 5

Ok, ready to add these up?

Ending Babies Variants
-dan 8,504 31
-den 85,583 94
-din 1,807 26
-dn 203 6
-don 3,479 37
-dun 6 1
-dyn 3,022 36
-d*nn 87 7
-dd*n 139 11
Other 162 18
TOTAL 102,992 267

Of the (at least) 2,095,910 baby boys born last year, (at least) 102,992 were given an -ayden name. That’s over 4.9%–about 1 in 20.

Of the 14,404 boy names on the SSA’s list, 267 are -ayden names. That’s 1.9%–about 1 in 50.

Do these numbers surprise you?

Update: Wondering how many baby girls or how many babies overall received an -ayden name in 2009?

[Disclaimer: I’m assuming all of the variants above rhyme with Jayden, but I can’t make any guarantees about pronunciation. Also, I didn’t count the following: variants with 3 syllables, variants with 2-vowel endings (e.g. -dien, -deyn), variants that look like Eden and Madden, and (possible variants?) Ajdin and Dredin.]

UPDATE: Is the -Ayden Craze Over?