Special Report

Most Popular Girl Names Unique to Every State

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21. Maine: Libby
> Location quotient: 6.3 times more common than nationwide
> Number of baby girls named Libby in last 5 years: 17
> Most and 2nd most popular baby girl name: Emma (371), Olivia (342)

Historically, Libby has been used as a shortened version of Elizabeth or Elisabeth, meaning “God’s promise.” Increasingly, Libby is being used as its own name.

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22. Michigan: Breslyn
> Location quotient: 18.6 times more common than nationwide
> Number of baby girls named Breslyn in last 5 years: 41
> Most and 2nd most popular baby girl name: Olivia (2,842), Emma (2,818)

The name Breslyn might have come from another language or is a variant form of some other name.

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23. Minnesota: Maryama
> Location quotient: 34.7 times more common than nationwide
> Number of baby girls named Maryama in last 5 years: 81
> Most and 2nd most popular baby girl name: Olivia (1,731), Emma (1,627)

Maryama is a variation on the more common Mariama, which itself is a version of Miriam and Marianna. All are derived from the Hebrew name Mary, said to mean “sea star.”

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24. Missouri: Kamori
> Location quotient: 11.0 times more common than nationwide
> Number of baby girls named Kamori in last 5 years: 19
> Most and 2nd most popular baby girl name: Emma (1,982), Olivia (1,923)

There were 423 babies named Kamori who were born between 1880 and 2016, according to data from the Social Security Administration.

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25. Mississippi: Swayze
> Location quotient: 30.2 times more common than nationwide
> Number of baby girls named Swayze in last 5 years: 51
> Most and 2nd most popular baby girl name: Ava (980), Emma (750)

The origin and meaning of this name are unknown, though it might have become popular because of actor Patrick Swayze.