Detailed Findings & Methodology
The reason for these variations in naming is largely because of demographic changes. With a surging Hispanic population in California, the nation’s most populous state, the names Mateo and Camila are more popular on the West Coast. According to the California Department of Finance, 39.1 million people lived in the state as of 2015, including 15.2 million Latinos (39%). The DOF’s models project that by 2060, 49% of California’s population will be Latino.
Pamela Redmond Satran, co-creator and chief executive officer of Nameberry, an online source for baby names, baby lists and, name meanings, provided some perspective on the name trends on the West Coast.
“What we see [in California], is a much stronger influence of Hispanic names, with Mia and Isabella, both very popular with Latino parents as well as with non-Latinos,” Redmond Satran said in an email. “Those name[s] rank much higher for girls than on the East Coast and with the predominantly Latino Camila, Sofia, and Mateo ranking among the Top 25. Sebastian is also a name well-used among Hispanic parents and popular in Mexico and Chile, for instance, as well as throughout Europe.”
Mateo is the Spanish version of Matthew, the Spanish version of Matthew, who was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus. Camila is the first name of emerging Cuban-American singer-songwriter Camila Cabello. Sebastian is the patron saint of many towns and cities in the Spanish-speaking world, including the city of Leon in Mexico.
To identify names trending on the West Coast, 24/7 Wall St reviewed data from the Social Security Administration. Only Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington were considered as they are true coastal states. Our list is ranked by the share of babies of each sex born in 2017 given a certain name. We selected the 50 names with the highest shares of babies born that year given that name.
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