Choosing a baby name is one of the biggest and most exciting decisions you'll make.

You're choosing a name you want your little one to be called for the rest of their life. While it might seem like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, there are several factors that play a role in this defining decision: tradition, family names, personal preference, and region. Some mamas prefer modern names, while others prefer classic or gender-neutral names.

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But have you ever thought about what the most popular baby names are in the area you live in? The most popular names differ depending on where you're located in the United States. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has collected data on the most popular baby names by region.

Whether you're looking to name your baby after the hottest trend or attempting to avoid common names, we've made things easy by dividing up the SSA baby names list for you.


Top 5 girls names

1. Charlotte

2. Emma

3. Olivia

4. Harper

5. Amelia

Top 5 boys names

1. Liam

2. Oliver

3. Owen

4. Benjamin

5. Lucas


Top 5 girls names

1. Ava

2. Emma

3. Olivia

4. Evelyn

5. Harper

Top 5 boys names

1. William

2. Noah

3. Elijah

4. Henry

5. Owen


Top 5 girls names

1. Sophia

2. Mia

3. Isabella

4. Olivia

5. Emma

Top 5 boys names

1. William

2. James

3. John

4. Logan

5. Lucas


Top 5 girls names

1. Abigail

2. Elizabeth

3. Olivia

4. Emma

5. Lucy

Top 5 boys names

1. Ethan

2. Sebatian

3. Mateo

4. Oliver

5. Noah

While some names show up in multiple regions, the area you live in in the United States plays a role in the most popular baby names. Mamas everywhere seem to love the names Olivia, Emma, Liam and Oliver as they show up in almost every region.

A version of this post was published July 20, 2020. It has been updated.