Monday, April 30, 2007

Emma's on top

As promised, here are the most popular girls' names by state in 2005 (Boys' names are here.) Massachusetts isn't such an outlier in this category: We have the same favorite, Emma, as does the US as a whole. It is surprising, though, that we line up with Idaho and Utah rather than New Jersey and New York; there can't be too many instances of this happening. Olivia is big in Connecticut and Rhode Island, perhaps because of Italian-American influence. And Madison seems to be popular in the Appalachias, at least the southern half from West Virginia to Mississippi.

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