Uniquely Popular Baby Names By State: What’s Rhode Island’s?

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What names will mark your child as being “Very RI” when they grow up?

Last year, the Social Security Administration released its data on the top baby names of 2013 and the Huffington Post broke it down by state and created two maps of the most popular girls’ and boys’ names. This turned out to be a somewhat boring endeavor, as it turns out that they don’t actually change that much.



The girls names were basically a sea of Emmas, Sophies, Avas and Olivias…with Florida going with Isabella in what we can only assume is a tribute to the woman who funded their discovery. Rhode Island bucked its normal trend and went with Sophia, leaving the longest name to DC’s Charlotte.

When we look at the boys’ names, things don’t change much.


The best that can be said is that Rhode Island’s most popular name, Mason, forms a group of islands in the nation’s ocean of Liams and Williams.

Now, don’t get us wrong. We’re sure you love Sophia or┬áMason very much and they’re the most beautiful things in your lives. We’re just saying that when you scream their name at the playground in a few years, you’re probably going to get a little more attention than you expect.

Over at Vox, they decided to play around with the data to differentiate each state and figure out what the most popular unique baby name was to each state. Now, the methodology isn’t perfect, as it does have some duplications (both Washington State and Oregon get “Hazel”, for example) but it does paint a much more diverse picture of the country.baby_names_-_distinctive-02__1_.0

As you can see, the girl’s name that will likely mark a girl born in 2013 as being from the Ocean State is Brooke.

Over on the boys’ side, things get shuffled up a bit, but RI ends up with another great name, based on one friend we have from way back when.


That’s right…Rhode Island’s most popular boys name, distinctive from the rest of the country, is Domenic.

So that’s fun. If anyone needs us, we’ll be in the back, scratching our heads about the name “Malaysia”.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Anthroponymy Correspondent


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