California is known for its superstars in Hollywood, cool surfers down at the beach, Silicon Valley dot-com millionaires and its boho hippie culture. Let the Golden State inspire you when searching for the perfect baby name for your son or daughter!
Popular baby names
The most popular baby names in California are Sophia and Jacob, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA). These names fall in line with the most popular baby names overall in the United States. We studied the SSA’s list of the top 100 baby names in California and hand-picked some of our favorite names that are truly California.
Top girl names in California
Top boy names in California
Surfer baby names
Hang ten, bro! Surfers are athletic, carefree and always seem cooler than we are. For boys, we love the surfer names Brody, Slater, Finley, Ashton, Breeze, Tristan and Knox. Who can forget Patrick Swayze’s awesome surfer character Bodhi in the movie Point Break?
For girls, beachy names like Sandy, Shelly, Logan, Jade, Coral and Sunny are all cool surfer names. You can also get inspired by Beyonce and go for a colorful name, such as Blue or Sage.
Or consider a destination baby name with these cool California surf spots, including Huntington (or Hunter), Newport, Maverick (after Mavericks Beach in San Mateo County) or Doran (after Doran Beach in Sonoma County).
Silicon Valley baby names
Silicon Valley, in the San Francisco Bay area, is home to many dot-com millionaires (and billionaires). Many high-tech companies have their headquarters here, including Apple, Facebook, Intel, Yahoo! and Google. The culture is highly motivated, smart and forward-thinking. We have rounded up baby names perfect for your future start-up billionaire.
For boys, consider these cool names:
For girls, consider the following names:
Peace! California hippie baby names
From San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district in the 1960s to Berkeley, the hippie movement got its start in California. Check out some of our favorite hippie baby names.
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