The Social Security Administration has released the most popular names for new babies in 2013. Nationwide, Sophia was the most popular name given to baby girls (again), and Noah is the most popular name for boys, after 14 years of Jacob at the top of the list. You can see the top thousand names for boys and girls at Nameberry. However, when you break the naming trends down by state in these maps at the Huffington Post, they look quite different. While Noah is tops nationwide for boys, both William and Liam (which is a short form of William) feature prominently. Liam was number one in 18 states.
For baby girls born in 2013, Emma was the top name in 27 states, while the #1 ranked Sophia was first in only 11 states. The differences can be attributed to several factors. Noah and Sophia may rank #2 (or at least high) in many states, or there may have been more babies born in states where those names are preferred.
These maps can now be added to Reuben Fischer-Baum’s animated tracking of names by state for both boys and girls. -via mental_floss
See also: The Most Groan-Inducing Baby Names of 2013.
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