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Top baby names by state 2014

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The nation's most popular baby names aren't always the same as the top names by state. Let's take a look at each state's top baby boy and baby girl names to compare with the collective Top 10. 


The Social Security Administration recorded these trendy baby boy names as the nation's 10 most popular:

  1. Jacob
  2. Mason
  3. Ethan
  4. Noah
  5. William
  6. Liam
  7. Jayden
  8. Michael
  9. Alexander
  10. Aiden

Mason is the most popular name in 15 states, more than any other name from the list above. It's followed by William (12 states) and Liam (10 states). And while Jacob is the top name in the country, it holds the No. 1 spot in only four states. Michael is the first-place name in three states.

Alexander, Ethan, Jayden and Noah rank high across the nation, but they occupy the lofty top spot in just one state each. Interestingly, Aiden is on the collective list but is not the most popular in any state, while a few names Benjamin, Elijah and James are tops in their state but do not appear on the overall Top 10.


For girls, these names are the most popular nationwide:

  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Isabella
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Abigail
  8. Mia
  9. Madison
  10. Elizabeth

Typically, girl names are more varied and unpredictable than boy names, but they are uncharacteristically consistent at the state level. Emma occupies the No. 1 spot in an impressive 31 states. Sophia is tops in 17 states. Ava, Isabella and Olivia have bragging rights in one state each. Emily, Abigail, Mia, Madison and Elizabeth round out the nation's current top 10 but do not rank as the most popular name in any state.

Most popular by state

The states, in alphabetical order, are listed below with their current most popular names for boys and girls. 

  • Alabama: William and Emma 
  • Alaska: James and Emma  
  • Arizona: Jacob and Sophia 
  • Arkansas: William and Emma 
  • California: Jacob and Sophia 
  • Colorado: Liam and Emma  
  • Connecticut: Mason and Emma 
  • Delaware: Michael and Sophia 
  • District of Columbia:William and Sophia 
  • Florida: Jayden and Isabella 
  • Georgia: William and Emma 
  • Hawaii: Ethan and Sophia 
  • Idaho: Liam and Olivia 
  • Illinois: Jacob and Sophia 
  • Indiana: Liam and Emma 
  • Iowa: Liam and Emma 
  • Kansas: Mason and Emma 
  • Kentucky: William and Emma 
  • Louisiana: Mason and Emma 
  • Maine: Mason and Emma 
  • Maryland: Mason and Sophia 
  • Massachusetts:Benjamin and Emma 
  • Michigan: Mason and Emma 
  • Minnesota: Mason and Emma 
  • Mississippi: William and Emma 
  • Missouri: William and Emma 
  • Montana: Liam and Emma 
  • Nebraska: Liam and Emma 
  • Nevada: Alexander and Sophia 
  • New Hampshire: Mason and Emma 
  • New Jersey: Michael and Sophia 
  • New Mexico: Noah and Sophia 
  • New York: Michael and Sophia 
  • North Carolina:William and Emma 
  • North Dakota: Liam and Emma 
  • Ohio: Mason and Sophia 
  • Oklahoma: Elijah and Emma 
  • Oregon: Liam and Sophia 
  • Pennsylvania: Mason and Emma 
  • Rhode Island: Mason and Sophia 
  • South Carolina:William and Emma 
  • South Dakota: Liam and Emma 
  • Tennessee: William and Emma 
  • Texas: Jacob and Sophia 
  • Utah: William and Emma 
  • Vermont: Mason and Ava 
  • Virginia: William and Sophia 
  • Washington: Mason and Sophia 
  • West Virginia: Mason and Emma 
  • Wisconsin: Mason and Emma 
  • Wyoming: Liam and Emma 

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