Not only do residents of red and blue states differ when it comes to politics, but they also don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to naming their children. Experts at the baby name site, Nameberry, analyzed the top 500 names in the U.S. that were used most often last year in red states versus blue states. They found that parents in red states go for more unconventional choices, while parents in blue states tend to choose more traditional names. “I’m really surprised that the style of baby names for each group is so distinct and different from each other,” author and Nameberry co-founder Pamela Redmond Satran says. “It’s not just the majority of the top red state baby names that are unconventional choices, but all the names, and by the same token the top 50 blue state names are with one exception all traditional first names with distinct gender identities and widely-accepted spellings.”
Red state parents go for unique spellings: Kennedi, Kyleigh, and Journee are the top 10 girls’ names in those states, while Braylen, Kasen, and Karson are in the top 10 for boys’ names. Parents in red states also choose names that are more gender-neutral, like surnames—for example, Mckinley is on the girls’ list and Lane is on the boys’ list. Additionally, they have a preference for military-themed names, like Gunner, Major, Colt, and Remington.
On the other hand, blue state parents seem to choose more traditional names—Francesca, Maya, and Nina are all popular girls’ names, and Francis, Colin, and Andy are all on the top boys’ names. Blue state baby names are also more ethnically diverse, ranging from Irish, Italian, Hebrew, and Arabic.
Take a look at the top 10 boys’ and girls’ names in red and blue states, and see the rest of the findings here:
Top 10 Girls’ Names in Red States
Top 10 Boys’ Names in Red States
Top 10 Girls’ Names in Blue States
Top 10 Boys’ Names in Blue States