When I was looking for baby names, I had NEVER heard the name Avery before. I found it in a baby naming book and fell in love with it. Everyone I shared it with told me how unusual it was. I learned it was a name that could be used for both males and females. And occasionally in the first year, I heard of a couple other people naming their baby’s Avery. Now I hear it frequently.

Using the fun name ranking tool online, I was able to see how her name trended.

Popularity of Avery in MN:

#28 — 2007 (birth year)

#25 – 2008

#12 — 2009

#11 — 2010

#17 — 2011

#14 — 2018

So apparently the name was not so popular at birth (still in the top 100), but has since shot up to almost the top 10, and is now descending again. I had no idea the name was so popular! Great minds think alike!

On the other hand, my son Alex’s name, Alexander, was listed at #21 in 2018.

Popularity of Alexander in MN:

#8 — 2005 (his birth year)

#13 — 2006

#6 — 2007

#2 — 2008

#6 — 2009

#15 — 2010

#14 — 2011

#21 — 2018

Of course I had heard the name Alexander before I named my son. I really wanted to name my first child Alex, no matter if the child was a girl or a boy. I simply love the nick-name, and would have chosen Alexandra for a full name if he were a she.

There are no other children named Alex in his class, however, but I expect he’ll know plenty of people who share his name growing up.

Parents – How do your kids names rank? Did you care how popular baby names were when you named your children?

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20 Responses to “top baby names by state”

  1. Liz says:

    My son’s name isn’t in the top 100 for his birth year (2009) or any year since…just the way I like it – traditional yet uncommon.

    • Missy says:

      It is a great name, Liz! Did I ever tell you my Grandfather, Dad and brother all have the same name as your son? 🙂

  2. Heather says:

    Only one of my kids’ names is in the top 100 the year they were born. Two of my kids’ names weren’t even in the top 1000 in 2011!

    Popularity did play a role in naming the kids. I have a less common name (I use a pseudonym online) and I liked that. One kid has a popular name because it’s a family name, the others are much less popular.

  3. Kat says:

    I don’t have kids yet but since I was 16 years old I decided I would name my daughter if I ever had one Daylen; 17 years later it has only made VERY FEW lists (usually spelled different like Daylin). I love uncommon names even though uncommon are becoming common. I grew up in a small town in a class of 50 we had 4 Amy’s 5 Jennifer’s , 3 Jessica’s….so on so I think maybe that is a reason there are more unique names out there.

  4. Kate says:

    In Griffin’s 18 years on this earth, he has only met a few other boys/men named Griffin. Now I am hearing the name a bit more, but still it’s quite uncommon. It doesn’t even rank on popular name lists.

    I sought long and hard to choose a unique and strong name for him. The last thing I wanted was to saddle him with a name that was common for the year he was born- 1994. I recall baby-sitting for a young girl named Lauren in the early ’90’s, picking her up at school and when I called her name, six girls turned around. It was shocking, and right then and there I vowed I would never do that to a child.

    My Kindergarten teacher was named Miss Griffin. She brought in a banner one day with the Griffin on it, and explained it’s heraldic name and history. I was enthralled. And that’s where I went when choosing his name. Had he been a girl, he would have been named Aislinn (esh-lean; Gaelic for ‘dream or vision). Also very uncommon, but strong and proud.

    • Missy says:

      Great story Kate! I met a boy named Griffin in college and one reason I had such a huge crush on him was his name. 🙂

  5. darcie says:

    Our son’s name didn’t make the list at all for the year he was born (2006) – not sure about the other years, but I’m guessing not – which is EXACTLY what we wanted!
    Good thing he wasn’t a she, because my top baby name for our second daughter has exploded in popularity…
    Our daughter’s name was far more popular than we had realized it was – but, you can’t win em all can ya?

  6. christie says:

    I went to school with a blue million people named Christie (various spellings) and didn’t want my kids to deal with that. At the same time, I have to spell my name every.single.day. We picked names for our older children (twins, born 2003) that are traditional/easy-to-spell but not in the top 20. My youngest is named for my late mother and will be either misspelled or mispronounced (if not both) every day of her adult life – but she won’t have to have an initial on her cubby hook at kindergarten. 🙂

  7. Melissa says:

    My daughter was born in 2011 and we named her “Azalea”. It’s not even in the top 1000. We wanted something unique as my husband is named “Thatcher” and loved having a unique name growing up. We have heard of one other Azalea this year, though.

  8. MamaBear says:

    I love this topic Missy!

    I have very specific criteria for naming my kids and like others who have commented it is because of my own name. I didn’t want tgem to have to spell their names all.the.time like i do so we went with Sam (Samuel James- my dad’s name is James) and Julia. ( we drew julia’s name out of a hat because we couldn’t decide between that and Lydia) and now i’m sooooo glad we picked Julia because it fits her and isn’t too common. There wefe 314 other sam’s born in 2004 but thankfully none are in his school.

    I don’t have a clue where elsa falls on the social security list…..it wasnt even on our list of options but hubby suggested Ilsa near the end of the pregnancy and i thought it was too ethnic but didn’t veto it. At the hospital i threw out Elsa Louise and it fit. Two months later i met a girl named Emilia who goes by Emmy. We could have called Elsa Emmy Lou. *swoon* and i seriously qusstioned whether we could change her name at this point since i’m kinda bummed we don’t have a nickname for her but i do still love the uniqueness of Elsa.

  9. Erin says:

    My daughter – Peyton didn’t appear on the top 100 list for MN when she was born in 2003. My son Cooper was 76 when he was born in 2006. No – I did not name my children after the Manning brothers – a question I’ve been getting more and more. My name is Erin and growing up there were not a lot of Erin’s (there are now – I apparently just didn’t know many) and while I didn’t like having a name that wasn’t popular growing up (my name was never on the personalized pencils, notepads, stickers, etc…) – I now like that it wasn’t popular and I wanted the same thing for my children. I’ve always loved the name Peyton for a girl (I like the masculine names for girls) and with Cooper, it seemed like the only boy names I liked ended in -er. Both names fit each of my children perfectly and I can’t imagine them as anything else 🙂

  10. Elizabeth from Indy says:

    Growing up and even now married, I had to spell my last name every time. So, my criteria for naming my children were 1) something easy to spell and 2) gender specific. So, I have my angels, Michael and Gabriel.

  11. Lynette says:

    With the names of our 4 kids we checked the SSN baby names site to see were they ranked. We had a rule that we wouldn’t pick a name that was in the top 250.

  12. Marta says:

    Ben and Bella are both ranked #5 in Minnesota. Ben 19 in the US and Bella 2. When I named Bella it was at the height of it being the most popular name. Which I hated. I hated that everyone assumed I was naming her after a book I had never read and a movie I saw while at the gym. I have always wanted a daughter Isabella long before the book was even imagined by its author!



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