These Are the Weirdest Popular Baby Names by State
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These Are the Weirdest Popular Baby Names by State

States have official songs and sandwiches. So how about quirky favorite baby names?

It turns out that certain names, rare in the US, are over-represented in certain states. Our intrepid researcher looked at every name given to at least 100 babies in 2015. Then he calculated the percentage of babies with that name born in every state. When ranked, the results revealed the rare names most concentrated in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Some of these are easily explained. A hundred baby boys were named Brigham in 2015, 23 of them in Utah. Less than one percent of all Americans live in Utah, so that’s 23 times higher than you might expect. But, of course, Brigham Young was an early leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, headquartered in Utah, so it’s not a surprise.

Yiddish names Shimon and Faigy are the quirky favorites in New York, where there’s the largest concentration of Hasidic Jews, while Spanish names Santana and Estevan are favored in New Mexico, and Hawaiian names Kalea and Keanu are popular in — boom! — Hawaii.

And it does make sense that nature names Wren and Wilder are the quirky favorites of rural Vermont, while nouveau names Oakleigh and Bridger are well-liked in red state Montana, consistent with our analysis that found red staters prefer gender-neutral invented names while blue staters are more likely to pick names that are ethnic and traditional.

Other stands-outs are harder to explain. Why is Ophelia so prominent in Alaska? Or Brecken in Iowa? If you have the secret to why these names are the favorites in your state, please share with the class!

Here are all the quirky favorites by state:

1. Alaska: Girl name: Ophelia, Boy name: Torin

2. Alabama: Girl name: Lynlee, Boy name: Dewayne

3. Arkansas: Girl name: Kynslee, Boy name: Payton

4. Arizona: Girl name: Arleth, Boy name: Hiram

5. California: Girl name: Jaylene, Boy name: Arman

6. Colorado: Girl name: Aspen, Boy name: Amias

7. Connecticut: Girl name: Alessia, Boy name: Andreas

8. District of Columbia: Girl name: Egypt, Boy name: Zyaire

9. Delaware: Girl name: Devyn, Boy name: Makai

10. Florida: Girl name: Martina, Boy name: Jahmir

11. Georgia: Girl name: Ansley, Boy name: Jarvis

12. Hawaii: Girl name: Kalea, Boy name: Keanu

13. Idaho: Girl name: Oakley, Boy name: Krew

14. Iowa: Girl name: Kinzlee, Boy name: Brecken

15. Illinois: Girl name: Jaylani, Boy name: Umar

16. Indiana: Girl name: Lucinda, Boy name: Ross

17. Kansas: Girl name: Camdyn, Boy name: Brogan

18. Kentucky: Girl name: Kenleigh, Boy name: Leeland

19. Louisiana: Girl name: Jolie, Boy name: Tylan

20. Maine: Girl name: Quincy, Boy name: Eliot

21. Maryland: Girl name: Rhyan, Boy name: Chaz

22. Massachusetts: Girl name: Maeve, Boy name: Javian

23. Michigan: Girl name: Yasmeen, Boy name: Hussein

24. Minnesota: Girl name: Sumaya, Boy name: Abdirahman

25. Mississippi: Girl name: Deasia, Boy name: Jakobe 

26. Missouri: 
Girl: Braylynn, Boy name: Kelly

27. Montana: Girl name: Oakleigh, Boy name: Bridger

28. North Carolina: Girl name: Ivey, Boy name: Juelz

29. North Dakota: Girl name: Aspyn, Boy name: Teagan

30. Nebraska: Girl name: Juana, Boy name: Coy

31. New Hampshire: Girl name: Penny, Boy name: Davin

32. New Jersey: Girl name: Nechama, Boy name: Yaakov

33. New Mexico: Girl name: Santana, Boy name: Estevan

34. New York: Girl name: Faigy, Boy name: Shimon

35. Nevada: Girl name: Laylani, Boy name: Kenji

36. Ohio: Girl name: Bexley, Boy name: Jaron

37. Oklahoma: Girl name: Gentry, Boy name: Hagen

38. Oregon: Girl name: Zinnia, Boy name: Cedar

39. Pennsylvania: Girl name: Maura, Boy name: Yasir

40. Rhode Island: Girl name: Amalia, Boy name: Domenic

41. South Carolina: Girl name: Hollis, Boy name: Banks

42. South Dakota: Girl name: Haddie, Boy name: Sutton

43. Tennessee: Girl name: Briley, Boy name: Courtney

44. Texas: Girl name: Renata, Boy name: Mauro

45. Utah: Girl name: Oaklee, Boy name: Brigham

46. Virginia: Girl name: Iman, Boy name: Aubrey

47. Vermont: Girl name: Wren, Boy name: Wilder

48. Washington: Girl name: Roslyn, Boy name: Ransom

49: Wisconsin: Girl name: Etta, Boy name: Jordy

50: West Virginia: Girl name: Cambrie, Boy name: Bryer

51: Wyoming: Girl name: Taya, Boy name: Trace

What’s your favorite quirky baby name? Share it with us @BritandCo!

This post was previously published on Nameberry by Joe Satran and Abby Sandel.

(Photos via Getty)