Special Report

Most Popular Girl Names Unique to Every State

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26. Montana: Kimber
> Location quotient: 10.7 times more common than nationwide
> Number of baby girls named Kimber in last 5 years: 41
> Most and 2nd most popular baby girl name: Emma (315), Olivia (266)

Kimber is an Old English word for “Cyneburga’s wood” or “Cyneburga’s land.” Cyneburga might be a reference to St. Cyneburga who lived in England in the seventh century.

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27. North Carolina: Airlie
> Location quotient: 13.9 times more common than nationwide
> Number of baby girls named Airlie in last 5 years: 16
> Most and 2nd most popular baby girl name: Ava (3,046), Emma (3,019)

Airlie comes from the Gaelic word for “promise.” It also has Anglo-Saxon origins.

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28. North Dakota: Briar
> Location quotient: 12.1 times more common than nationwide
> Number of baby girls named Briar in last 5 years: 30
> Most and 2nd most popular baby girl name: Emma (363), Harper (317)

The name Briar comes from the English word for a shrub or small tree.

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29. Nebraska: Juana
> Location quotient: 12.5 times more common than nationwide
> Number of baby girls named Juana in last 5 years: 30
> Most and 2nd most popular baby girl name: Emma (644), Olivia (600)

Juana is derived from the Hebrew name Yohanan, meaning “Yahweh is merciful.” The English name Joanna comes from the name Juana.

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30. New Hampshire: Maeve
> Location quotient: 7.0 times more common than nationwide
> Number of baby girls named Maeve in last 5 years: 53
> Most and 2nd most popular baby girl name: Charlotte (426), Olivia (392)

Maeve comes from the Celtic language and means “she who intoxicates.”