USA State Names: male or female

Because of posts in the name ideas threads, I've been thinking about which states are already names and with what gender they are associated. Here is my list. Let me know if you agree or disagree.

Alaska=used on a little girl in the show "Toddlers and Tiaras" I am not personally fond of this as a name nor have I ever heard it on anyone else

Arizona=the feel of it is female because of the A ending but I'm wondering if it could be used as male

Carolina, Virginia, Georgia=all currently accepted girls names

Dakota, Montana=currently accepted unisex names

Texas=could potentially be used as a boys name. It's cute and fits the western theme obviously. Tex is a bonus nn that sounds cute on a toddler but strong on a teen.

Nevada=sounds female to me although I've never seen it used

Washington=obvious male name also a surname/presidental connection in addition to place name

Louisiana=female because of its parts Louise and Anna

Maryland=could be used as a female name because of the Mary part, maybe a respelling of Marilyn

Tennessee=as a namesake to Tennessee Williams or Tennessee Ernie Ford (although those weren't their given names)

Did I miss any? What are your thoughts?



April 19, 2012 11:24 AM

Arizona actually makes me think of the movie Raising Arizona. The baby in that is a boy, so the name leans boy for me. :-)

I actually know a little Florida (although the Spanish pronunciation-- Flor-EE-da). She's 4 years old now. :-)

April 19, 2012 3:13 PM

I think I saw Jersey on someone's baby name list for a boy. 

By Guest (not verified)
April 19, 2012 8:49 PM

I've seen Jersey for a girl.

Indiana leans masculine to me because of Indiana Jones, even though it would otherwise feel feminine due to the "a" ending.

California feels very strongly feminine to me for some reason, but I'm not sure why.

By Guest (not verified)
April 19, 2012 10:48 PM

Alaska= Doesn’t read like a name to me at all.

Arizona= Heard it used for girls in the movie Raising Arizona and I think there is a female character on Grey’s Anatomy named Arizona.  However, it reads very boy to me-in part because of the USS Arizona and also because of the nickname Ari.

Carolina, Virginia, Georgia= all girl, although Virginia is the only one I really like much-despite the “Virgin” connection.

Dakota, Montana= unisex, Dakota reads a bit more girl, Montana a bit more boy.

Texas= can see your point about it being a boy name with nn “Tex”, but I just really don’t care for it.

Nevada= don’t like this as a name at all.

Washington, Louisiana, Maryland, Tennessee= agree with your comments.

What about these?

California=girl with nickname Callie

Minnesota=girl with nickname Minnie

Jersey=kind of Jeremy+Casey

April 20, 2012 10:16 AM

I think Jersey works for either gender a bit like Jordan does.

California=could work for a girl w nn Callie or a boy w just Cal for a nn. However, with the ending I would say it leans a bit girl. I would never use it though because a don't like the "for" part of it.

What about Michigan=boy similar to Mitch and the -gan ending seems male

April 20, 2012 1:45 PM

Rhode Island--definitely boy


Connecticut--absolutely a girl name


Massachusetts--leans girl but I'd go with boy because of the possibility of the 'massive' nickname


New York--given to intersex babies


(Just kidding--these seem totally ridiculous to me but you never know what will float folks' boats these days, lol.)


In all seriousness, I could see York as a boy name. Oregon also sounds boyish to me because of the ending.

April 20, 2012 3:51 PM

I know that you were joking, but Connecticut sounds much more male to me than female. It has a surnamey vibe to me. I can imagine a Connecticut Arthur Winthrop III, or something :)

April 20, 2012 4:18 PM

The possibility of Connie as a nickname made me think it was a girl's name, but I agree that Connecticut Arthur Winthrop III has a certain cachet. Good one, Karyn!


April 20, 2012 4:23 PM

Thanks! :D It amused me quite a bit.


As for Connie, yes, I see your point, but there are also names like Connor and Conrad that can have the nickname Connie, so little Connecticut wouldn't be alone :)

April 20, 2012 7:42 PM

Wisconsin also has a surnamey vibe. It could be Connecticut's little brother.

Wisconsin Xavier Winthrop IV   WOW! What a name!

April 20, 2012 8:15 PM

Haha! That's great! His initials would have a pretty impressive Scrabble value, too :D

April 21, 2012 2:37 PM

Now if you changed the spelling of Wisconsin to Wiskonsin, you'd have great Scrabble value and a creative spelling to boot!

April 21, 2012 2:56 PM

Well, naturally once Wisconsin is sweeping the nation, some parents are going to go with Wiskonsin to ensure that their babies are "unique" ;)

April 21, 2012 4:36 PM

;) Don't forget the invariable ending changes of -son, -sen, and san! Even so, it still shouldn't reach the 500 so good to use.

April 21, 2012 5:52 PM

Oh, good call!

I tell you, this has the potential to be huge. Huge, I tell you ;D

April 24, 2012 2:31 PM

I personally prefer it as a girls name.  Spelled Wyskonsynn =).   Winnie is too cute.

April 24, 2012 2:38 PM


Well, that *is* the natural next step once the name has become popular and varied in spelling for boys! (The double "n" on the end was an excellent touch, by the way.)

April 24, 2012 9:55 PM

I agree another Laura-well done!

By Guest (not verified)
April 23, 2012 7:10 PM

Florida is also an accepted girl's name, though not common today.

April 23, 2012 11:08 PM

I know a Nevada (g), so that sounds female to me.


I think York could work on a boy too!

April 24, 2012 2:33 PM

I've heard of Missouri for a girl, but I think that it's terrible.

May 18, 2012 11:39 AM

Has anyone here seen the web series Red vs. Blue?

It takes place (ostensibly) in the world of the Halo computer games. There are a number of freelancers, and they have all been given the code names of U.S. states. Many times, they are referred to by nicknames of their state names:

Tex: Major character of the series, Codename Texas, female.

Wyoming: Major villain, male.

Washington: Protagonist, male.

North and South: Male/Female twin set, Codenames North Dakota, South Dakota.

York: Codename New York... can't remember gender, probably male.

Carolina: Not sure if this was North or South or both.

Maine: Villain, male.

Can't remember off the top of my head if there are others.

By Tana
May 18, 2012 12:40 PM

I was curious, so I searched the Beyond the Top 1000 data to see which state names were actually give to at least five kids last year.  The results were:

  1. Dakota 1056 g and 1014 b
  2. Carolina 722 g
  3. Virginia 501 g
  4. Georgia 305 g
  5. Jersey 195 g and 12 b
  6. Montana 99 g and 27 b
  7. Indiana 54 g and 42 b
  8. Arizona 53 g
  9. Nevada 44 g and 10 b
  10. Kansas 25 g and 5 b
  11. Alaska 25 g
  12. North 20 b
  13. Alabama 15 g
  14. Washington 15 b
  15. California 10 g
  16. Texas 7 b
  17. York 5 b
  18. Island 5 g
  19. Utah 5 b

Although many of these probably aren't being given with any intention to reference the state.

Kansas was the one that surprised me the most.  I wasn't too suprised to find a handful of Utahs, but I was surprised that they were boys.

By EVie
May 18, 2012 6:33 PM

And don't forget Jerzie (33), Jerzi (31), Jerzee (29), Jerzey (25), Jersie (22), Jersi (13), Jersee (9), Jerzy (9), and Jersei (6) (all girls). I bet there would be creative spellings for some the other states, too—Dakota in particular.


December 28, 2013 11:31 AM

I love Dakota (g), Carolina, York, and Jersey. I've never thought of Louisiana and Maryland like that before, but it makes sense.