Special Report

Most Popular Girl Names Unique to Every State

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16. Kansas: Breckyn
> Location quotient: 22.8 times more common than nationwide
> Number of baby girls named Breckyn in last 5 years: 41
> Most and 2nd most popular baby girl name: Emma (1,029), Olivia (963)

Breckyn means “freckled” in Gaelic.

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17. Kentucky: Layken
> Location quotient: 7.0 times more common than nationwide
> Number of baby girls named Layken in last 5 years: 21
> Most and 2nd most popular baby girl name: Emma (1,572), Ava (1,308)

The name is of English origin, though its meaning is unknown. This is a spelling variant of Laken, which gained popularity in the 1980s through a character on the television soap opera “Santa Barbara.”

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18. Louisiana: Amyri
> Location quotient: 31.5 times more common than nationwide
> Number of baby girls named Amyri in last 5 years: 21
> Most and 2nd most popular baby girl name: Ava (1,431), Olivia (1,343)

The highest recorded use of the name Amyri was in 2013 with 15 babies bearing that name, according to names.org.

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19. Massachusetts: Mariaeduarda
> Location quotient: 25.7 times more common than nationwide
> Number of baby girls named Mariaeduarda in last 5 years: 17
> Most and 2nd most popular baby girl name: Emma (2,140), Olivia (2,113)

This is a combination of the names Maria and Eduarda and is of Portuguese origin. Massachusetts has the largest number of residents with Portuguese ancestry in the U.S., with about 320,000, according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data.

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20. Maryland: Zori
> Location quotient: 11.4 times more common than nationwide
> Number of baby girls named Zori in last 5 years: 34
> Most and 2nd most popular baby girl name: Ava (1,579), Olivia (1,552)

Zori is a Slavic name meaning “golden dawn.” There are about 300,000 people of Polish and Russian descent who live in Maryland.