Bonus List

POPULARITY OF VARIOUS FIRST NAMES IN DIFFERENT STATES

While some first names are relatively evenly distributed around the United States, such as John, David, Mary or Linda (though states with a lot of (non-Anglo) ethnic divesity, like California, New York or Hawaii rank lower with all those names), some names are unevenly distributed around the country. Here are some of those names...

The first name is Maria, most common in the Southwest and Northeast, where there are a variety of ethnic groups (various Hispanic, Italian, etc.) which use that name.

Maria (Most Common):

STATE

1. Texas
2. California
3. Rhode Island
4. Nevada
5. Florida
6. Arizona
7. New Jersey
8. Massachusetts
9. New Mexico
10. Connecticut

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
8563
8329
6634
6403
6044
5245
5210
5055
4725
4507

Maria (Least Common):

STATE

1. West Virginia
2. North Dakota
3. South Dakota
4. Montana
5. Mississippi

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
403
405
481
494
543


The second name is Willie, common in the South, especially in states with high African-American populations. William, however, is fairly evenly-distributed around the country (though somewhat more common in the eastern half of the US). (Note that variations in the name, such as Anthony versus Tony, can have great differences in geographical distribution (Anthony-Northeastern, Tony-Southern).

Willie (Most Common):

STATE

1. Mississippi
2. Alabama
3. South Carolina
4. Georgia
5. Louisiana
6. Tennessee
7. Arkansas
8. District of Columbia
9. North Carolina
10. Florida

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
3621
2842
2067
1997
1940
1363
1321
1231
1197
831

Willie (Least Common):

STATE

1. New Hampshire
2. Vermont
3. Maine
4. Utah
5. South Dakota

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
32
48
50
67
73


Judy has a strong rural component, especially in the South and the Plains.

Judy (Most Common):

STATE

1. Tennessee
2. Kentucky
3. Arkansas
4. South Dakota
5. Alabama
6. Oklahoma
7. Montana
8. West Virginia
9. Wyoming
10. North Carolina

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
2052
1969
1887
1817
1755
1688
1644
1597
1590
1564

Judy (Least Common):

STATE

1. District of Columbia
2. New Jersey
3. Massachusetts
4. Connecticut
4. Rhode Island

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
363
470
478
481
481


Chad is another rural name, though this name is primarily northern.

Chad (Most Common):

STATE

1. North Dakota
2. South Dakota
3. Iowa
4. Minnesota
5. Utah
6. Wisconsin
7. Nebraska
8. Louisiana
9. Wyoming
10. Indiana

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
2032
1755
1689
1464
1260
1227
1176
1158
972
950

Chad (Least Common):

STATE

1. New Jersey
2. Rhode Island
3. New York
4. Connecticut
5. California

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
105
178
195
206
224


Julie's "territory" extends from the Upper Midwest to the Pacific Northwest.

Julie (Most Common):

STATE

1. Minnesota
2. Iowa
3. Wisconsin
4. South Dakota
5. North Dakota
6. Nebraska
7. Utah
8. Oregon
9. Idaho
10. Michigan

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
3181
3122
2994
2624
2592
2568
2360
2265
2224
2196

Julie (Least Common):

STATE

1. New Jersey
2. Mississippi
3. District of Columbia
4. New York
5. Hawaii

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
692
780
839
895
905


Interestingly, Dixie is most common outside of "Dixie" (though it is not particularly common anywhere in the U.S.

Dixie (Most Common):

STATE

1. Iowa
2. Wyoming
3. Utah
4. Idaho
5. Kansas
6. Missouri
7. Montana
8. South Dakota
9. Oklahoma
10. Nebraska

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
323
317
284
250
231
227
218
217
205
202

Dixie (Least Common):

STATE

1. Rhode Island
2. New Jersey
3. Massachusetts
4. Connecticut
5. District of Columbia

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
7
12
14
15
16


Both Brad and Bradley have a strong Midwest and Rocky Mountain distribution. The names are combined for this list...

Brad and Bradley (Most Common):

STATE

1. North Dakota
2. Minnesota
3. South Dakota
4. Iowa
5. Utah
6. Nebraska
7. Wisconsin
8. Kansas
9. Indiana
10. Idaho

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
2254
1975
1908
1903
1704
1693
1571
1553
1512
1510

Brad and Bradley (Least Common):

STATE

1. New Jersey
2. New York
3. Connecticut
4. Massachusetts
5. Rhode Island

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
265
328
340
394
414


Frank has a notable Northeastern distribution.

Frank (Most Common):

STATE

1. New Jersey
2. Connecticut
3. Rhode Island
4. Pennsylvania
5. New York
6. Florida
7. Delaware
8. Massachusetts
9. Maine
10. New Hampshire

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
3206
2952
2833
2742
2461
2367
2258
2079
2038
2036

Frank (Least Common):

STATE

1. Utah
2. South Dakota
3. Minnesota
4. Iowa
5. North Dakota

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
952
983
1013
1026
1080


Ellen also has a strong Northeastern component.

Ellen (Most Common):

STATE

1. Massachusetts
2. Vermont
3. Maine
4. Connecticut
5. New Hampshire
6. New Jersey
7. Rhode Island
8. New York
9. Delaware
10. Maryland

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
1447
1295
1186
1119
1090
934
902
848
840
838

Ellen (Least Common):

STATE

1. Texas
2. Utah
3. Mississippi
4. California
5. New Mexico

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
329
394
397
415
438


Jared has a strong Interior West distribution, partly due to the "Jaredites" being in the Book of Mormon.

Jared (Most Common):

STATE

1. Utah
2. Idaho
3. North Dakota
4. Wyoming
5. Alaska
6. South Dakota
7. Louisiana
8. Nebraska
9. Iowa
10. Missouri

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
1306
665
501
478
464
385
351
319
316
307

Jared (Least Common):

STATE

1. New Jersey
2. Maryland
3. New York
4. California
5. South Carolina

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
99
101
102
107
110


Finally, Betty has a strong Southern distribution, though highest in the Upper South.

Betty (Most Common):

STATE

1. West Virginia
2. Arkansas
3. Tennessee
4. Alabama
5. South Carolina
6. Kentucky
7. Mississippi
8. Oklahoma
9. North Carolina
10. Missouri

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
4105
3957
3807
3783
3493
3476
3424
3257
3074
2967

Betty (Least Common):

STATE

1. Rhode Island
2. Massachusetts
3. Connecticut
4. New Jersey
5. New Hampshire

OCCURRENCES PER
MILLION PEOPLE
582
626
776
802
840

Source of Data: http://names.whitepages.com

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