Popular Baby Names By State: ND & MN

The Social Security Administration announced the most popular baby names for each state last Friday. You can find the top 100 names for all states at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/state/index.html.   

The top ten boys and girls names for 2011 in North Dakota were:

The top ten boys and girls names for 2011 in Minnesota were:

Last week the federal government’s top official for baby names, Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced Sophia and Jacob were the most popular baby names in the U.S. How does ND and MN compare to the rest of the country? Check out Social Security’s website — http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/  — to see the top baby names for 2011.

In addition to each state’s top 100 baby names, Social Security’s website has a list of the 1,000 most popular boys’ and girls’ names for 2011 and a list of the top 50 names for twins born in 2011.  The website also offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880. 

All names are from Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States after 1879. Among the data qualifications, note that many people born before 1937 never applied for a Social Security card, so their names are not included in the data. For others who did apply, SSA records may not show the place of birth, and again their names are not included in the data.  

All data are from a 100% sample of records on Social Security card applications as of the end of February 2012. Different spellings of similar names are not combined. For example, the names Caitlin, Caitlyn, Kaitlin, Kaitlyn, Kaitlynn, Katelyn, and Katelynn are considered separate names and each has its own rank. 

To read about this year’s winner for biggest jump in popularity and to see how pop culture affects baby names, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/pressoffice/pr/babynames2011-pr.html.