Your First Name Meaning and Origin

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The names that we choose for our children come from many different sources. First names can come from a family member, the name of a place, it can be something completely original or something from a baby book. While you may think you are unique with the names you choose, where you live may have a more significant impact on the baby names you choose than you would expect.

Depending on which region in the country you live, the popularity of specific first names will vary. However, no matter where you live, specific baby names dominate all regions of the country. According to the most recent data from the Social Security Administration (SSA), below is a list of the top 25 boy and girl names for the Northeast, West, South, and the Midwest.

Northeast

The U.S. Census Bureau defines the Northeast as the following states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Typically, first names in the Northeast are more diverse than other regions of the state. The top 25 boy and girl names in the Northeast according to the SSA are:

Boy names:

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Jacob
  4. Logan
  5. Lucas
  6. Michael
  7. Benjamin
  8. Mason
  9. James
  10. Joseph
  11. Matthew
  12. Ethan
  13. Alexander
  14. William
  15. Ryan
  16. Daniel
  17. Dylan
  18. Oliver
  19. Anthony
  20. David
  21. John
  22. Aiden
  23. Jack
  24. Jackson
  25. Henry

Girl names:

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Sophia
  5. Isabella
  6. Charlotte
  7. Mia
  8. Amelia
  9. Abigail
  10. Emily
  11. Ella
  12. Madison
  13. Evelyn
  14. Harper
  15. Grace
  16. Avery
  17. Elizabeth
  18. Leah
  19. Scarlett
  20. Sofia
  21. Riley
  22. Chloe
  23. Aria
  24. Nora
  25. Hannah


West coast

Like the Northeast, first names Emma, Olivia, Liam, Noah and Isabella make up the top baby names of both regions.

However, specific first names like Sebastian, are ranked higher on the West coast than the national average. Below is a list of the top 25 boy and girl names for Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii:

Boy names:

  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Sebastian
  4. Jacob
  5. Matthew
  6. Ethan
  7. Daniel
  8. Mateo
  9. Julian
  10. Alexander
  11. Benjamin
  12. Logan
  13. Oliver
  14. Aiden
  15. William
  16. Lucas
  17. Jayden
  18. David
  19. James
  20. Elijah
  21. Nathan
  22. Dylan
  23. Michael
  24. Aaron
  25. Isaac

Girls names:

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Mia
  4. Sophia
  5. Isabella
  6. Emily
  7. Ava
  8. Camila
  9. Sofia
  10. Abigail
  11. Charlotte
  12. Victoria
  13. Evelyn
  14. Amelia
  15. Penelope
  16. Luna
  17. Scarlett
  18. Aria
  19. Elizabeth
  20. Mila
  21. Chloe
  22. Grace
  23. Avery
  24. Harper
  25. Ella

South

The U.S. Census Bureau defines the South as Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma.

When it comes to the South, you can count on Southern parents to add some spice. While it is common for Southern parents to choose traditional first names for their children, mostly by passing down traditional family names, they are also known to get creative with their spelling. The top 25 boy and girl names in the South are:

Boy names:

  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. William
  4. Elijah
  5. James
  6. Mason
  7. Jacob
  8. Logan
  9. Michael
  10. Aiden
  11. Benjamin
  12. Lucas
  13. Matthew
  14. Ethan
  15. Alexander
  16. John
  17. Daniel
  18. Samuel
  19. Oliver
  20. David
  21. Jayden
  22. Jackson
  23. Luke
  24. Carter
  25. Sebastian

Girl names:

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabella
  5. Sophia
  6. Mia
  7. Charlotte
  8. Amelia
  9. Harper
  10. Abigail
  11. Elizabeth
  12. Evelyn
  13. Emily
  14. Madison
  15. Avery
  16. Sofia
  17. Ella
  18. Victoria
  19. Scarlett
  20. Layla
  21. Chloe
  22. Camila
  23. Aubrey
  24. Aria
  25. Riley

Midwest

The U.S. Census Bureau defines the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

While the Midwest may not be known for setting fashion trends, it does have a knack for determining which baby first names are on the rise. Also, the Midwest has the most diverse baby names, according to the SSA. Below are the top 25 boy and girl names for the Midwest:

Boy names:

  1. Liam
  2. Oliver
  3. Noah
  4. William
  5. Henry
  6. Logan
  7. Benjamin
  8. Mason
  9. James
  10. Owen
  11. Elijah
  12. Lucas
  13. Lincoln
  14. Carter
  15. Wyatt
  16. Jackson
  17. Alexander
  18. Michael
  19. Jacob
  20. Grayson
  21. Jack
  22. Samuel
  23. Ethan
  24. Joseph
  25. Levi

Girl names:

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Charlotte
  5. Amelia
  6. Harper
  7. Evelyn
  8. Sophia
  9. Isabella
  10. Nora
  11. Mia
  12. Abigail
  13. Avery
  14. Ella
  15. Elizabeth
  16. Lillian
  17. Grace
  18. Eleanor
  19. Emily
  20. Scarlett
  21. Addison
  22. Aria
  23. Zoey
  24. Chloe
  25. Brooklyn