Quiz: America's Local Name Styles
If you meet kids named Abigail and Andrew, they could be from anywhere in the United States. But if you meet a little Maeve and Brendan...or Aspen and Colter...or Jakayla and Jamarion, their names might suggest a particular local style.
Behind our national baby name stats lies a patchwork quilt of local tastes. I've been working on a new map of regional name styles, and it's been fascinating to see the country's diverse styles, cultures and dreams laid out in baby name terms.
Below I've collected the top 3 most characteristic names for girls and boys from eight states. These aren't necessarily the most popular choice, but rather the names most disproportionately popular in that state compared to the rest of the country. To me, these names feel like a tour of eight distinct parts of the country. Can you match the names to the states?
Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Wisconsin
The most characteristic names (column 1 is girls' names, column 2 boys'):
Answers will be posted in Comments, below!