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Most Popular Baby Names in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware in 2018

Emma and Liam topped list, with one exception. Ava, Noah and Olivia were on all three lists.




Ten years from now, it will be tough to yell "Emma!" or "Liam!" during a youth soccer match without four kids turning around.

The most popular baby names in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware last year were Liam and Emma with one exception — Ava was the top girl's name in Delaware, where Emma didn't even make the top 5, according to the Social Security Administration

Here are the full lists:

Top 5 girl names
 

Pennsylvania

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Charlotte
  5. Sophia

 

New Jersey

  1. Emma
  2. Isabella
  3. Olivia
  4. Mia
  5. Ava

Delaware

  1. Ava
  2. Isabella
  3. Charlotte
  4. Olivia
  5. Sophia

Top 5 boy names

 

Pennsylvania

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Mason
  4. Logan
  5. James

New Jersey

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Jacob
  4. Michael
  5. Matthew

Delaware

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Mason
  4. Logan
  5. James

Does it seem odd that so many people around here chose the same names for their babies last year? 

Well look at this.

Top 5 baby names in the United States

 

Girls

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabella
  5. Sophia

Boys

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. James 
  5. Oliver

We sometimes wonder whether parents who chose names that end up in the Top 5 did so thinking they were choosing an unusual name that would make their child stand out or whether they knew how popular the name was and were fine with that. Twenty years ago, you wouldn't know that you'd given your child a Top 5 name until they got to school and six other girls raised their hands when the teacher called on Madison.

Thanks to the internet, now you can see which way the winds of nomenclature are blowing. Some of these 2018 names have been on the list since 20132011 and 2010. If you want to Ziggy while so many others are Zachary-ing, maybe look to this list of the least common baby names out of the Top 200 in the United States between 2010 and 2018

Least popular names of the Top 200 between 2010-2018

Girls

196. Rose

197. Alana

198. Harmony

199. Jennifer (Shoutout to all the Jen moms out there)

200. Hayden

Boys

196. Paul

197. Amir

198. Gael

199. Graham

200. Maximus

Keep in mind, though, that each of these names were given to more than 14,000 babies over that time, so there's no guarantee you'll have the only Maximus on the playground.

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