Before You Name That New Baby, Check Out the Most Popular Baby Names in Every State

Teachers of America, get ready to see a ton of Emmas, Mias, and Olivias in your classrooms in the coming years. The Social Security Administration has released its list of the most popular baby names registered in 2016, and it sure looks like everybody likes some classy, old-timey baby names this year.

There is some variation among states, though. Mia was the most popular name for baby girls in California, but Olivia was the most popular one in Colorado. Everybody likes Emma, though. And nobody has ever banned people from naming their babies Emma.

“Live Free or Die” New Hampshire broke ranks with the rest of the country and picked Charlotte as its top baby name for girls. (Emma was second place in New Hampshire.)

As for the boys, the names Noah and Liam reigned supreme. (Somewhere out there, Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis probably think this is all about them.)


The parents of the world have spoken. The babies are named. And according to the Social Security Administration, the most popular girl and boy baby names in the U.S. by state are:

Alabama – Ava and William

Alaska – Emma and Liam

Arizona – Emma and Liam

Arkansas – Ava and Elijah

California – Mia and Noah

Colorado – Olivia and Liam

Connecticut – Olivia and Noah

Delaware – Ava and Liam

District of Columbia – Ava and William

Florida – Isabella and Liam

Georgia – Ava and William

Hawaii – Olivia and Noah

Idaho – Emma and Oliver

Illinois – Olivia and Noah

Indiana – Emma and Oliver

Iowa – Olivia and Oliver

Kansas – Emma and Benjamin

Kentucky – Emma and William

Louisiana – Ava and Liam

Maine – Emma and Liam

Maryland – Ava and Noah

Massachusetts – Olivia and Benjamin


Michigan – Ava and Noah

Minnesota – Evelyn and Henry

Mississippi – Ava and William

Missouri – Olivia and William

Montana – Harper and James

Nebraska – Emma and Liam

Nevada – Mia and Liam

New Hampshire – Charlotte and Noah

New Jersey – Mia and Liam

New Mexico – Mia and Elijah

New York – Olivia and Liam

North Carolina – Ava and William

North Dakota – Harper and Oliver

Ohio – Emma and Liam

Oklahoma – Emma and Liam

Oregon – Olivia and Oliver

Pennsylvania – Emma and Noah

Rhode Island – Olivia and Liam

South Carolina – Ava and William

South Dakota – Emma and Oliver

Tennessee – Emma and William

Texas – Emma and Noah

Utah – Olivia and Oliver

Vermont – Harper and Owen

Virginia – Olivia and William

Washington – Emma and Liam

West Virginia – Harper and Mason

Wisconsin – Olivia and Oliver

Wyoming – Emma and Wyatt

Is your favorite name on this list? Or did you pick a rare and unusual name only to see it pop up on this list in spite of your best efforts? Let us know in the comments.

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