When you think of the opposite coast, you think of a different life. Whether it’s beaches, sporting arenas or a city life thousands of miles from your own home—it’s a different place. So it’s strange to imagine that the same Emmas, Avas, Masons and Williams are the same kids growing up on different sides of the country. According to the most popular names for each state as ranked by Social Security, the most popular baby names repeat regardless of local culture and style. Benjamin might be chopping wood in Vermont, or he might be paddling out to catch his first California wave.
Naming styles, of course, vary amongst different people. But for the most part, the most popular names are the most popular for a reason: the majority of parents use them, regardless of lifestyle.
Measuring name data from Texas, New York, South Dakota and California, the top five names for both boys and girls varied slightly. The top five girl’s names were almost the same across all four states, with only South Dakota introducing the name Brooklyn. Sophia, Emily, Emma, Mia, Isabella and Ava were the other consistent names that repeated across each area.
Boys saw similar results but had a wider change in names. Across the same four states, names repeated less. Jacob and Jayden were top names in Texas and California, while Matthew repeated in California and New York.
Yesterday, we wrote about popular boy’s names staying consistent from 1988 until 2011, while girl’s names differed. Today, boy’s names differ in geographical location, while girl’s names stay very similar.
Have you noticed a difference in naming styles from the different places you’ve lived?