Special Report

These Names Are Trending on the East Coast

Detailed Findings & Methodology

Pamela Redmond Satran, co-creator and chief executive officer of Nameberry, an online source for baby names, lists, and name meanings, provided some insight into the baby names trending on the East Coast.

“The East Coast is much more diverse in terms of ethnicity and politics, which can both have a strong influence on name choice,” said Satran in an email. “With more traditional, ethnically distinct, and gender traditional names, the East Coast has a strong blue state influence in its more populous northern states. In the red states in the South, the names are traditional.”

Ranking high on the East Coast are names like Ava, William, and Charlotte, which are more popular in the South than in other parts of the country, Satran explained. Similarly, the influence of larger Jewish and Irish populations in the East explains the popularity of names such as Elijah and Abigail from the Old Testament, and the Irish name Aiden.

“Some names with theoretically ethnic ties, like the Hebrew Noah, the Irish Liam, and the Latinate Isabella, are so widely popular with so many kinds of parents not only on the coasts but throughout the country that they now largely transcend any ethnic identification,” said Satran.

To identify names trending on the East Coast, 24/7 Wall St reviewed data from the Social Security Administration. The states of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida were considered for this list as they are true coastal states. Our list is ranked on the share of babies of each sex born in 2017 with a given name. We selected the 25 names with the highest shares of total boy and girl births.

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