The Most Popular Baby Names in Every U.S. State

May 11th 2016

Noah and Emma are America's top baby names, but do they take the crown in your state? Here are the new top names from coast to coast.

State 1st 2nd 3rd
Alabama Ava Emma Olivia
Alaska Olivia Emma Aurora
Arizona Sophia Mia Emma
Arkansas Emma Olivia Ava
California Sophia Mia Emma
Colorado Emma Olivia Mia
Connecticut Sophia Emma Olivia
Delaware Ava Olivia Sophia
D.C. Genesis Ava Charlotte
Florida Isabella          Emma Sophia
Georgia Ava Olivia Emma
Hawaii Mia Emma Olivia
Idaho Olivia Emma Evelyn
Illinois Olivia Emma Sophia
Indiana Emma Olivia Ava
Iowa Emma Olivia Harper
Kansas Emma Olivia Harper
Kentucky Emma Olivia Ava
Louisiana Ava Emma Olivia
Maine Emma Olivia Amelia
Maryland Olivia Ava Sophia
Massachusetts Olivia Emma Sophia
Michigan Olivia Ava Emma
Minnesota Olivia Emma Evelyn
Mississippi Ava Emma Olivia
Missouri Emma Olivia Ava
Montana Emma Olivia Harper
Nebraska Emma Olivia Harper
Nevada Sophia Olivia Mia
New Hampshire          Olivia Charlotte          Emma
New Jersey Emma Isabella Sophia
New Mexico Mia Sophia Isabella
New York Olivia Emma Sophia
North Carolina Ava Emma Olivia
North Dakota Ava Emma Olivia
Ohio Emma Ava Olivia
Oklahoma Emma Olivia Ava
Oregon Emma Olivia Sophia
Pennsylvania Olivia Emma Ava
Rhode Island Olivia Emma Sophia
South Carolina Ava Olivia Emma
South Dakota Harper Emma Olivia
Tennessee Emma Ava Olivia
Texas Emma Sophia Mia
Utah Emma Olivia Charlotte
Vermont Emma Ava Harper
Virginia Emma Ava Olivia
Washington Olivia Emma Sophia
West Virginia Emma Ava Olivia
Wisconsin Emma Olivia Evelyn
Wyoming Emma Harper Olivia


State 1st 2nd 3rd
Alabama William James John
Alaska Liam Noah James
Arizona Noah Liam Alexander
Arkansas William Elijah Mason
California Noah Jacob Ethan
Colorado Liam William Jackson
Connecticut Noah Mason Alexander
Delaware Mason Noah Liam
D.C. William Henry James
Florida Liam Noah Jacob
Georgia William Noah Mason
Hawaii Noah Liam Mason
Idaho Liam William Oliver
Illinois Noah Liam Alexander
Indiana Liam Noah Oliver
Iowa Liam William Oliver
Kansas Liam William Mason
Kentucky William Mason Elijah
Louisiana Noah Mason Liam
Maine Liam Owen Mason
Maryland Noah Logan James
Massachusetts Benjamin          William Noah
Michigan Noah Liam Carter
Minnesota Henry Oliver William
Mississippi William John James
Missouri Liam William Mason
Montana William Liam Wyatt
Nebraska Henry William Liam
Nevada Noah Liam Alexander
New Hampshire         Jackson Benjamin          Owen
New Jersey Liam Michael Jacob
New Mexico Noah Elijah Liam
New York Liam Jacob Ethan
North Carolina William Noah Mason
North Dakota Liam Oliver Carter
Ohio Liam Mason Noah
Oklahoma Elijah Jaxon William
Oregon Liam Henry Oliver
Pennsylvania Mason Liam Noah
Rhode Island Noah Liam Mason
South Carolina William James Mason
South Dakota Oliver Owen Liam
Tennessee William James Elijah
Texas Noah Liam Jacob
Utah William Oliver James
Vermont Liam Oliver Jackson
Virginia William Noah Liam
Washington Oliver Noah Liam
West Virginia Noah Liam Mason
Wisconsin Oliver Owen Liam
Wyoming Liam Mason Benjamin


For boys, Liam ranks #1 in the most states (16) followed by Noah (13) and William (12). It's likely that a good number of those Williams will go by Liam, suggesting that Liam's popularity might be even be greater than its official ranking. Emma is a more universal favorite, ranking #1 in 22 states and making the top 3 in every state except Delaware, Maryland, Nevada and New Mexico.

Some distinctive local flavor: Aurora is uniquely popular in Alaska, suggesting the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), and cowboy classic Wyatt cracks in the top 3 in Montana. Regional favorites include William in the Southeast, Oliver in the upper Midwest and Mia in the Southwest.

More from the most popular names stats:

The Top 1000 Names in America
The Fastest Rising Girls' Names of the Year
The Fastest Rising Boys' Names of the Year



May 12, 2016 1:57 PM

I like DC's top three: William, Henry, and James. How literary!

May 12, 2016 7:41 PM

I'm stunned to see Genesis at #1 for girls in DC. I wonder why it's so popular there?

May 12, 2016 10:41 PM

From my observations, Genesis has achieved popularity in the African-American community, and DC has a large African-American population.

May 15, 2016 10:27 PM

I love that Aurora is third in Alaska. I can just imagine parents looking into the sky and being struck by inspiration. 

May 17, 2016 12:21 PM

It was so interesting to see Aurora and Genesis. Really loved these names. 

May 31, 2016 3:45 PM

Is there a place where we can see the top 100 for every state?