These Are The Most Popular Baby Names In The Midwest

When it comes to baby name trends in the U.S., there are regional differences. (Photo: Tatyana Tomsickova Photography via Getty Images)
When it comes to baby name trends in the U.S., there are regional differences. (Photo: Tatyana Tomsickova Photography via Getty Images)

The Social Security Administration’s data on popular baby names in the U.S. are full of interesting trends, particularly when you look at the regional differences.

We examined the most recent SSA data from 2017 to identified the most popular baby names for boys and girls in the Midwest (following the U.S. Census Bureau’s definition of Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin).

While most of these names more or less align with the national popularity list, there are points of divergence.

Harper is the sixth most popular name for baby girls in the Midwest but ranks at No. 11 in the U.S. as a whole. While Charlotte, Amelia and Evelyn are on the Top 10 list for both the Midwest and the U.S., they rank higher on the regional list. Nora ― No. 10 in the region ― is down at No. 28 on the national list. Similarly, Lillian, Eleanor and Addison fall at Nos. 16, 18 and 21 in the Midwest, respectively, but rank lower at Nos. 27, 35 and 34 nationally.

As for the boys, Oliver is No. 2 in the Midwest but No. 9 in the U.S. as a whole, and Henry ranks at No. 5 regionally versus No. 18 nationally. Presidential names Lincoln and Carter also have more popularity in the Midwest, where they rank at Nos. 13 and 14, versus Nos. 41 and 24 in the U.S.

Below, find the top 35 boys’ and girls’ names for Midwest babies. For more data and state-by-state breakdowns, visit the SSA website.

Girls

  1. Emma

  2. Olivia

  3. Ava

  4. Charlotte

  5. Amelia

  6. Harper

  7. Evelyn

  8. Sophia

  9. Isabella

  10. Nora

  11. Mia

  12. Abigail

  13. Avery

  14. Ella

  15. Elizabeth

  16. Lillian

  17. Grace

  18. Eleanor

  19. Emily

  20. Scarlett

  21. Addison

  22. Aria

  23. Zoey

  24. Chloe

  25. Brooklyn

  26. Paisley

  27. Aubrey

  28. Penelope

  29. Madison

  30. Hazel

  31. Layla

  32. Riley

  33. Claire

  34. Hannah

  35. Mila

Boys

  1. Liam

  2. Oliver

  3. Noah

  4. William

  5. Henry

  6. Logan

  7. Benjamin

  8. Mason

  9. James

  10. Owen

  11. Elijah

  12. Lucas

  13. Lincoln

  14. Carter

  15. Wyatt

  16. Jackson

  17. Alexander

  18. Michael

  19. Jacob

  20. Grayson

  21. Jack

  22. Samuel

  23. Ethan

  24. Joseph

  25. Levi

  26. Aiden

  27. Gabriel

  28. Theodore

  29. Daniel

  30. Charles

  31. Isaac

  32. Jaxon

  33. John

  34. Luke

  35. Leo

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