Local taste isn’t just about what you like best. It’s about what you like more than everyplace else.
The top baby names in each US state reveal trends that unite the country, and differences that give each region its own local flavor.
Forget nostalgia. Today’s American South has a name style all its own—one that mostly looks forward, not back.
Alaskans are more likely to name a daughter Winter than any other state in the union—and that’s just the tip of this naming iceberg.
Olivia unites us, Theodore divides us, and Oliver is the King in the North. Those are some of the takeaways from a new look at the most popular baby names in every US State in 2020. Olivia, the nation’s top girl’s name, ranks in the top 5 in every single […]
It turns out that there is something all of America agrees on. We agree on girls’ names, more or less. The national #1 name, Olivia, ranks among the top 5 girls’ names in all 50 states. In fact, just 14 different names account for the full girls’ top 5 in […]
Unisex baby names are on the rise. Nationwide, names used for both boys and girls are more popular today than ever before. Why? If you read media reports of the phenomenon, the answer seems clear: it stems from a new commitment to gender equality and fluidity. Unisex names “defy stereotyping” […]
It has become a familiar part of America’s modern political narrative. The white, small-town experience is portrayed as the most traditional American experience. Some elevate it as an ideal, the model for returning the nation’s culture to an earlier, prouder time. Others see it as just one element of a […]
In my teenage daughters’ generation, American girls named Madison outnumber Bridgets by nearly 20 to 1. Yet my kids have had plenty of classmates named Bridget, and they’ve never met a Madison. A statistical fluke? In part, yes, but the odds were stacked by geography. We live in Massachusetts. This […]
Liam and Emma continue to reign as America’s top baby names. Depending on where you live, though, you might be more likely to meet babies named Amelia and Oliver, or Harper and Grayson. For your browsing pleasure, here are the top 5 baby names in each state. While the top […]