How popular is the baby name Grayson in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Grayson.
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).
State Top Names (f & m) Top Unique Names (f & m) Alabama Ava & William Crimson & Kendarius, Walton (tie) Alaska Aurora & Oliver (none) & Paxson Arizona Emma & Liam Sedona & Yadier Arkansas Ava & Noah (none) & Timber California Emma & Noah Ani & Aram Colorado Olivia & Liam Vail & Redding Connecticut Olivia & Noah (none) & (none) Delaware Ava & Liam (none) & (none) D.C. Ava & William (none) & (none) Florida Isabella & Liam Abigaelle & Miron Georgia Ava & William Kaylei & Taylin Hawaii Emma & Liam Mahina & Kaimana Idaho Olivia & Liam Quincey & Roczen Illinois Olivia & Noah Jamaya & Laron Indiana Emma & Oliver Dawt, Elma (tie) & Jamin Iowa Harper & Oliver Huxley & Kinnick Kansas Olivia & Liam Macklyn & Creighton, Whit (tie) Kentucky Emma & William Annlee, Terri (tie) & Jansen Louisiana Ava & Noah Jaicee, Jersi (tie) & Colston Maine Oliver & Charlotte (none) & (none) Maryland Ava & Liam Anjolaoluwa & Adon, Murtaza (tie) Massachusetts Emma & Benjamin Vittoria & Henrique Michigan Olivia & Noah Layal & Eldon Minnesota Evelyn & Henry Maida & Muhsin Mississippi Ava & John Swayze & Jadarius Missouri Olivia & Liam Charlea & Daxten, Zebulun (tie) Montana Harper & Liam (none) & (none) Nebraska Olivia & Liam (none) & (none) Nevada Emma & Liam (none) & (none) New Hampshire Olivia & Oliver (none) & (none) New Jersey Emma & Liam Tzipora & Binyomin New Mexico Isabella & Noah (none) & (none) New York Emma & Liam Gitty & Mendel North Carolina Ava & Noah Holden & Nahmir North Dakota Olivia & Oliver (none) & (none) Ohio Ava & Liam Wilma & Grayden Oklahoma Emma & Liam Dim, Jadyn (tie) & Thang Oregon Emma & Oliver Runa & (none) Pennsylvania Emma & Liam Barbie, Surah (tie) & Joniel Rhode Island Amelia, Olivia (tie) & Liam (none) & (none) South Carolina Ava & William Emmagrace, Mills (tie) & Drayton, Mills (tie) South Dakota Harper & Grayson, Henry, Liam (3-way tie) (none) & Ryken Tennessee Emma & William Annaclaire, Caylen, Eulalia, Jakyra, Kamri, Parthenia, Tamari, Tylee (8-way tie) & Neyland Texas Emma & Liam Jessi & Eliud Utah Olivia & Oliver Mable & Ammon Vermont Harper & Oliver (none) & (none) Virginia Ava & William Tyasia & Alexi, Javonte, Mckinley (3-way tie) Washington Olivia & Liam Callista & Ruvim West Virginia Emma & Mason (none) & Bransen Wisconsin Evelyn & Oliver (none) & Broxton, Kelby (tie) Wyoming Amelia, 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?
Here are the results of
Pop Culture Baby Name Game 2018! For the pop culture context of any of these names, just click back over to the original game post. Rises
Names that saw higher usage in 2018:
Carson (as a boy name), +487 Still waiting on the state data to know how much of this usage happened in Pennsylvania. The state data is out! PA was indeed the state that had the most Carsons, with 454 baby boys (8.7% of the national total) getting the name. This makes Carson the 11th-most-popular boy name in the state for 2018. Miles (as a boy name), +343 Zhavia, debuted at 306 Meghan, +248 Hayes (as a boy name), +207 Crew, +139 Kane, +106 Havana, +101 Elsie, +92 Stormi, +85 Violet, +75 Cleo, +67 Braven, +66 True (as a girl name), +46 Astrid, +42 Billie, +32 Dua, +32 Zia, +21 Nakia (as a girl name), +21 Kiari (as a girl name), +20 Granger, +18 Yarishna, debuted at 18 Mera, +16 Roma, +15 Shay (as a boy name), +15 Araminta, re-emerged at 13 Rami, +13 Elanese, debuted at 12 Halsey, +12 Wade, +11 Khalid, +10 Chadwick, +9 Shuri, re-emerged at 9 Doria, re-emerged at 8 Sharaya, re-emerged at 8 Keala, +7 Banks (as a girl name), debuted at 6 Cardi, debuted at 6 Chicago (as a girl name), debuted at 6 Garrix, debuted at 6 Karamo, re-emerged at 6 Koe, debuted at 6 Swae, debuted at 6 Takeshi, re-emerged at 6 Aegon, debuted at 5 Zaytoven, debuted at 5 Jojo (as a girl name), +4 Zazie, +4 Rani (as a girl name), +3 Billion, +3 Canon, +1 Mariposa, +1 No Change
Names that saw no change in usage in 2018.
Names that saw lower usage in 2018:
Names that were absent from the SSA data in 2018:
Did not debut: Avicii, Carvena, Chevel, Coco (as a boy name), Cullinan, Ella Mai, Kaavia, Kulture, Mahomes, Majeste, Maquia, Marsai, Nafessa, Osaka, Pineapple, Qira, Ramirez (as a girl name), Reileen, Sanni, Velar, Venom, Villanelle, Xolo, Yanny, Zaxai
Did not re-emerge: Cress, Gio, Joji, Jumanji, T’challa Late Bloomers
Names that were “absent” from the
2017’s results, now in 2018:
Rumi finally rose, and Sircarter unexpectedly surfaced.
What are your thoughts on the results this year? Did anything surprise you?
[Disclaimer: Some of the names above were already moving in the direction indicated, and some were no doubt influenced by more than a single pop culture person/event. I leave it up to you to judge the degree/nature of pop culture influence in each case.]
According to Tennessee’s Office of Vital Records, the most popular baby names in the state in 2018 were
Emma and William.
Here are Tennessee’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
In the girls’ top 10, Evelyn replaces Ella.
In the boys’ top 10, Oliver replaces Samuel.
2017, the top two names were Ava and William. In fact, William has been the top boy name in Tennessee for 12 years straight.
(These rankings are based on provisional data.)
Emma is Back as Tennessee’s Top Baby Girl Name in 2018; William Still Biggest for Boys
According to Alabama’s Department of Public Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2018 were Ava and William.
Here are Alabama’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
1. Ava (259 baby girls)
1. William (340 baby boys)
8. Jackson (the spelling “Jaxon” ranked 14th)
In Tuscaloosa County specifically, top two names were William and Emma.
(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to December 3rd.)
William and Ava most popular baby names in Alabama for 2018
It’s Elvis Presley’s birthday* — that means it’s time to kick off the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game!
So how do you play the game? Simply brainstorm for baby names that could have gotten a boost in usage in 2018 thanks to the influence popular culture: movies, music, television, social media, video games, sports, politics, products, trends, etc.
Here are some names we can start with:
Araminta – movie,
Crazy Rich Asians character Astrid – movie,
Crazy Rich Asians character Avicii – music/news, the late Swedish DJ Avicii
Banks – celebrity baby (Hilary Duff)
Billion – celebrity baby (Rick Ross)
Braven – movie,
Braven Canon – celebrity baby (Stephen Curry)
Cardi – music, rapper Cardi B
Carson – sports, Philadelphia Eagles QB
Carson Wentz (particularly in PA) Carvena – TV,
The Four: Battle for Stardom contestant Chadwick – movie,
actor Black Panther Chevel – TV,
The Voice contestant Chicago – celebrity baby (Kim Kardashian & Kanye West)
Coco – movie,
Coco Cress – TV,
Black Lightning actor Crew – celebrity baby (Chip & Joanna Gaines)
Cullinan – car, Rolls-Royce Cullinan
Doria – news, royal wedding (Doria Ragland)
Dua – music, singer Dua Lipa
Elanese – TV,
The Four: Battle for Stardom contestant Ella Mai – music, singer Ella Mai
Garrix – music, DJ Martin Garrix
Gio – celebrity baby (Adam Levine)
Grayson – news, winter storm Grayson
Havana – music, song “Havana”
Hayes – celebrity babies (both Jessica Alba and Meghan King Edmonds)
Joji – music, singer Joji
Jumanji – movie,
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Kaavia – celebrity baby (Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union)
Kane – music, singer Kane Brown**
Karamo – TV,
Queer Eye expert Keala – music/movie, singer/actress Keala Settle (“This Is Me”)
Kiki – music/dance,
“In My Feelings” challenge Mahomes – sports, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
Majeste – TV,
The Four: Battle for Stardom contestant Maquia – movie,
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms Meghan – news, royal wedding (Meghan Markle)
Mera – movie,
Aquaman character Miles – celebrity baby (John Legend & Chrissy Teigen)
Nafessa – TV,
Black Lightning actress Nakia – movie,
Black Panther character Osaka – sports, U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka – suggested by
elbowin Qira (Qi’ra) – movie,
Solo: A Star Wars Story character Rami – movie,
Bohemian Rhapsody actor Ramirez – video game, Fortnite character (female)
Reileen – TV,
Altered Carbon character Sharaya – TV,
The Four: Battle for Stardom contestant Shuri – movie,
Black Panther character Storm – movie,
A Wrinkle in Time actress Stormi – celebrity baby (Kylie Jenner)
Swae – music, rapper Swae Lee
Takeshi – TV,
Altered Carbon character T’challa – movie,
Black Panther character True – celebrity baby (Khloe Kardashian)
Tully – movie,
Tully Velar – car, Range Rover Velar
Venom – movie,
Venom Villanelle – TV,
Killing Eve character Wade – movies, both
Ready Player One and Deadpool 2 characters Xolo – Web TV,
Cobra Kai actor Yanny – news, the
Yanny/Laurel audio clip – suggested by elbowin Zhavia – TV,
The Four: Battle for Stardom contestant Zaytoven – music, producer Zaytoven
Zaxai – TV,
The Voice contestant Zazie – movie,
Deadpool 2 actress
What other names should be on this list? Let me know by commenting below. And don’t forget to mention the pop culture influence!
I’ll post the game results in May of 2019, a few days after the SSA releases the 2018 baby name data.
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*Elvis would have been 84 today.
**The first baby born in Richland County, OH, in 2019 was named after Kane Brown.