Naming A Baby This Year? Here Are 2018’s Most Popular Names By State

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Every year since the 1880s, the Social Security Administration has kept track of what people are naming their bouncing bundles of joy (or tiny poop machines, whatever you want to call them).

A hundred years ago, in 1919, the top five most popular girls’ names were Mary, Helen, Dorothy, Margaret, and Ruth — pretty different from today, when Emma, Olivia, Ava, Isabella, and Sophia reign supreme.

But for boys, a hundred years ago doesn’t look quite so different; John, William, James, Robert, and Charles have now become Liam, Noah, William, James, and Logan.

Baby naming trends stay pretty consistent throughout the United States, with most areas adhering to the national top five. There are a few outliers, of course — southerners love the name Paisley, Hazel was big in Utah, Genesis made rank in D.C., and cultural influences can be felt in places like Texas and New Mexico where Santiago and Mateo made the list. And Aurora rated in the top five in Alaska, no doubt in tribute to the state’s famous Aurora Borealis (also known as the Northern Lights).

Read on to see the most popular names for the newest residents of your state.

Alabama

Ava, Olivia, Emma, Harper, Amelia; William, James, Elijah, John, Noah.

Alaska

Emma, Olivia, Aurora, Isabella, Sophia; James, Liam, Wyatt, William, Noah.

Arizona

Emma, Isabella, Olivia, Mia, Sophia; Liam, Noah, Sebastian, Alexander, Julian.

Arkansas

Emma, Olivia, Ava, Harper, Isabella; Elijah, William, Noah, Liam, Mason.

California

Emma, Mia, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella; Noah, Sebastian, Liam, Ethan, Matthew.

Colorado

Emma, Olivia, Charlotte, Evelyn, Isabella; Liam, Oliver, William, Noah, Benjamin.

Connecticut

Olivia, Emma, Ava, Mia, Sophia; Noah, Liam, Logan, Jacob, Michael.

Delaware

Olivia, Ava, Charlotte, Isabella, Emma; Logan, Noah, Liam, Mason, Michael.

District of Columbia

Ava, Olivia, Eleanor, Genesis, Elizabeth; James, Henry, William, Noah, Jacob.

Florida

Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava; Liam, Noah, Lucas, Elijah, Matthew.

Georgia

Ava, Olivia, Emma, Isabella, Charlotte; William, Noah, Mason, Elijah, James.

Hawaii

Emma, Olivia, Aria, Ava, Chloe; Liam, Noah, Mason, Elijah, Logan.

Idaho

Emma, Olivia, Charlotte, Evelyn, Harper; Oliver, Liam, William, James, Mason.

Illinois

Olivia, Emma, Ava, Sophia, Isabella; Noah, Liam, Benjamin, Logan, Alexander.

Indiana

Emma, Olivia, Amelia, Charlotte, Harper; Oliver, Liam, Elijah, Noah, William.

Iowa

Harper, Emma, Olivia, Charlotte, Evelyn; Oliver, Liam, Henry, Lincoln, Wyatt.

Kansas

Emma, Olivia, Ava, Harper, Evelyn; Oliver, William, Liam, Jackson, Henry.

Kentucky

Emma, Ava, Olivia, Harper, Isabella; William, Elijah, Noah, Liam, James.

Louisiana

Olivia, Ava, Emma, Amelia, Harper; Liam, Noah, Mason, Elijah, William.

Maine

Charlotte, Olivia, Emma, Harper, Amelia; Oliver, Lincoln, Liam, Noah, Wyatt.

Maryland

Ava, Olivia, Emma, Sophia, Charlotte; Liam, Noah, James, Logan, Jacob.

Massachusetts

Emma, Olivia, Charlotte, Sophia, Isabella; Benjamin, William, Liam, Lucas, Noah.

Michigan

Emma, Ava, Olivia, Charlotte, Amelia; Liam, Noah, Oliver, Lucas, Mason.

Minnesota

Olivia, Evelyn, Emma, Charlotte, Nora; Oliver, William, Henry, Liam, Theodore.

Mississippi

Ava, Emma, Olivia, Paisley, Amelia; William, John, James, Mason, Elijah.

Missouri

Olivia, Ava, Emma, Amelia, Harper; William, Liam, Oliver, Noah, Elijah.

Montana

Olivia, Emma, Harper, Ava, Charlotte; James, William, Liam, Oliver, Wyatt.

Nebraska

Emma, Olivia, Amelia, Charlotte, Evelyn; Oliver, Liam, William, Henry, Noah.

Nevada

Emma, Mia, Isabella, Sophia, Olivia; Liam, Noah, Elijah, Michael, Sebastian.

New Hampshire

Charlotte, Evelyn, Emma, Olivia, Amelia; Logan, Henry, Mason, Owen, Oliver.

New Jersey

Emma, Olivia, Isabella, Mia, Sophia; Liam, Noah, Matthew, Michael, Jacob.

New Mexico

Mia, Sophia, Isabella, Olivia, Ava; Noah, Santiago, Elijah, Liam, Daniel.

New York

Olivia, Emma, Sophia, Mia, Ava; Liam, Noah, Jacob, Lucas, Joseph.

North Carolina

Ava, Emma, Olivia, Isabella, Charlotte; William, Noah, Liam, James, Mason.

North Dakota

Emma, Harper, Olivia, Amelia, Ava; Oliver, Liam, Henry, Noah, William.

Ohio

Emma, Ava, Olivia, Harper, Charlotte; Liam, Carter, Noah, William, Lucas.

Oklahoma

Emma, Olivia, Harper, Ava, Isabella; William, Liam, Noah, Elijah, James.

Oregon

Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Charlotte, Evelyn; Oliver, Liam, Henry, Benjamin, William.

Pennsylvania

Emma, Olivia, Ava, Charlotte, Sophia; Liam, Noah, Logan, Benjamin, Mason.

Rhode Island

Charlotte, Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella; Lucas, Liam, Noah, Julian, Mason.

South Carolina

Ava, Emma, Olivia, Charlotte, Harper; William, Noah, Mason, James, Liam.

South Dakota

Emma, Olivia, Harper, Evelyn, Nora; Oliver, Owen, Lincoln, Liam, William.

Tennessee

Ava, Olivia, Emma, Amelia, Harper; William, Elijah, James, Noah, Mason.

Texas

Emma, Mia, Isabella, Sophia, Olivia; Noah, Liam, Sebastian, Mateo, Elijah.

Utah

Olivia, Emma, Charlotte, Evelyn, Hazel; Oliver, Liam, William, James, Benjamin.

Vermont

Evelyn, Olivia, Charlotte, Emma, Harper; Wyatt, William, Oliver, Liam, Noah.

Virginia

Olivia, Ava, Emma, Charlotte, Isabella; Liam, William, Noah, James, Benjamin.

Washington

Olivia, Emma, Evelyn, Ava, Isabella; Liam, Oliver, Noah, William, Benjamin.

West Virginia

Emma, Olivia, Harper, Paisley, Amelia; Liam, Mason, Elijah, Grayson, Carter.

Wisconsin

Emma, Olivia, Evelyn, Charlotte, Ava; Henry, Oliver, Liam, William, Logan.

Wyoming

Emma, Harper, Ava, Avery, Charlotte; Liam, Wyatt, Carter, James, Logan.

So there you have it: the names that will be on every kindergarten roster (and graduation program, class of 2036, where the Emmas and Liams will probably zoom across the stage via jet pack because holy crap that sounds futuristic). Will these same names still take the throne in the next couple of years, or will they be unseated by Arias and Julians? Only time — and trends — will tell.

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