Female?? State Data

The 2011 state top 100 data came out today!  I was browsing through and noticed the name Female is #64 in New Mexico with 27 baby girls listed as receiving that name last year.  Could this be an error?  I know I've heard urban legend talk about Male and Female as baby names but SSA is usually pretty on top of things these days.

Anything else from the State Data surprise you all?


May 18, 2012 2:55 PM

I took a peek at the top 5 for each state, though I'm not sure if that's recent or old news, but I did make some interesting observations.

Montana and S. Dakota - Harper is in the #5 spot, no where else, which leads me to think it'll continue to blow up in popularity.

Kentucky - Braden makes its only emergence to the top 5, also in the #5 slot.

S. Carolina and Mississippi - Madison is #1? I know it's still #8 in the country, but it feels almost passe at this point to be so high.

D.C. - VERY traditional boy names: William, Alexander, Daniel, James, and Christopher. I wonder why that is?

N., S. Dakota and Iowa - Carter is #2 in the Dakotas and #1 in Iowa, doesn't make any other appearances.

Wyoming - Parker is #4, no where else.

Hawaii - The only state that Noah is #1.

The most interesting things to me are Harper, Carter, and Parker, all in trendsetter states. Perhaps the AR-ER names will have a vogue when the -Aidens get stale?

May 18, 2012 3:46 PM

I think that female shows up when the legal name is somehow not immediately available.  I could be wrong about that, but that's what I seem to remember.

May 18, 2012 4:25 PM

That would make sense; so that would mean that 27 baby girls had unidentifiable names.  Maybe because New Mexico has a lot of ESL residents?  It is based off of applications for SS Cards.

By hyz
May 18, 2012 5:30 PM

Yes, if you look at the stated limitations on the state data, as described on the SSA website, they mention that they don't filter out entries like Unknown or Female, which are recorded before the child is actually given a name.  Maybe some states' policies/procedures lead to those entries being recorded more often than others.

May 18, 2012 4:29 PM

I looked at the top 100 for several states and California is by far the most behind, like still in the early 2000s.  Stephanie, Jessica, Vanessa, Nicole, Jennifer, Melissa, Valerie, and Jacqueline were all in the top 100, and Ashley and Kimberly were much highter there than most other states.

I'm not as knowledgeable with boy names popularity but a quick glance tells me they're a bit behind theer too.