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September 16th, 2007, 10:09 AM
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Take a look at the Baby Name Wizard's Name Map. It separates states into the most common naming styles (color coded). Look for your state, find the color, and check out the example names underneath.

Are those the names you're hearing often? Do they really seem popular in your area? Is your state one of the ones that has two styles?

My state, Louisiana, has two styles: Old South and Modern Girls.

According to that, these are the names I should be hearing most often

Bailey
Madison
Haley
Kaylee
Taylor (girl)
Anna
Catherine
Jada
Jayla
Makayla
Mary
Ashton
Hayden (boy)
James
John
Landon
William

It's right about some but wrong about others. The modern girls' names are absolutely dead on. There are Baileys, Madisons, and girl Taylors everywhere. Hayden and Landon are accurate for the boys too. The other boys' names are way off, I don't hear them at ALL on little kids, and the old-fashioned girls' examples are wrong too. I don't know any Annas or Catherines at all, let alone young ones, and no Marys either ... the big one here is Isabella.
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September 16th, 2007, 10:12 AM
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Texas: Spanish South

Alyssa, Ashley, Daniela, Gabriela, Jessica
Characteristic boys: Adrian, Angel, Bryan, Jose, Julian

I didnt really know jessica, ashley, or brian were spanish (snicker snicker)

Seems kinda off to me. yes there are spanish names but I dont see it as the trend or outweighing other names. I know more children named Bailey, Kaylin, Isaac, Emma and a few other really popular ones than those listed above
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September 16th, 2007, 10:17 AM
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Maryland: Neotraditionals
Characteristic girls: Amanda, Amelia, Gabrielle, Gianna, Molly, Julia
Characteristic boys: Jack, Nicholas, Ryan, Sean

I have never heard anyone called Gianna or Molly, and very few for the rest.

For the boys, they're pretty accurate.
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September 16th, 2007, 11:01 AM
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I'm in Ohio and I have stripes. So whatever.
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September 16th, 2007, 11:09 AM
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I'm in Ohio and I have stripes. So whatever.[/b]
LOL! Just find each color. Dark blue and white. Not sure what white means, but ... dark blue is Midwestern Reserve.

That's

Ava
Ella
Chloe
Grace
Jenna
Paige
Alexander
Caleb
Ethan
Samuel

Does that sound right?

Oh, wait! It says at the bottom.

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White stripes indicate that boys' names show no significant regional style, closely mirroring average national tastes.[/b]
So, the boys' names you hear most often are supposed to be the same as the national top 10 or so.
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September 16th, 2007, 11:16 AM
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Mine says creative fringe and frontier...sounds pretty accurate!

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September 16th, 2007, 12:51 PM
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Mine says:
Characteristic girls: Amanda, Amelia, Gabrielle, Gianna, Molly, Julia
Characteristic boys: Jack, Nicholas, Ryan, Sean

They are all pretty common around here. With the exceptions of Amanda, Sean & Amelia.
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September 16th, 2007, 01:50 PM
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California is Spanish South, but for some reason it's not letting me click on anything?
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September 16th, 2007, 01:57 PM
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California is Spanish South, but for some reason it's not letting me click on anything?[/b]
No, you have to scroll down to find the right section for the example names. The map isn't clickable. That would be cool though!
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September 16th, 2007, 02:02 PM
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OOH! Silly me!!!

Spanish South
Characteristic girls: Alyssa, Ashley, Daniela, Gabriela, Jessica
Characteristic boys: Adrian, Angel, Bryan, Jose, Julian

Honestly the girls names sound old and dated to me. I knew girls named all of those in high school except for Gabriela... so they were named that in the 80's. Out of the boy names, Bryan fits in with the girls ground, being old and dated because I knew lots of those growing up... Jose and Angel I've only heard in Mexican families, and Julian and Adrian I haven't heard much at all.
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September 16th, 2007, 02:05 PM
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Hawaii- Creative Fringe.

I guess that's pretty accurate. Though I've only lived here for about a year and a half, so I don't have a big frame of reference, lol.

I'm from California and the naming style for there (according to the map) is Spanish South. That's fairly accurate.

But I've always lived on or near military bases, and hence it's residents are from several regions across the US, so I'm used to hearing a pretty eclectic style.
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September 16th, 2007, 05:38 PM
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NJ is Neotraditionals, more accurate for boys than girls.

Characteristic girls: Amanda, Amelia, Gabrielle, Gianna, Molly, Julia
Characteristic boys: Jack, Nicholas, Ryan, Sean

I hear alot of Jack, Ryan and some Nicholas... not too many Seans. I hear alot of Amanda, Gabrielle(a) and Julia, I know one Gianna, one Amelia and no Mollys. I think they should have included Modern Girls because I know a ton of Madisons, Haley/Haileys and Kaylees.
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