Popular baby names by US state

Jun 16, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. ET

Following the success of the Twilight saga, Jacob and Isabella were the most popular names in the country in 2009, according to the Social Security Administration. Each region of the United States, however, showed some interesting trends. For instance, in the northeast, Abigail ranked first, and in the southwest, Christian topped the charts. Find out which baby names ranked highest by US region.

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Rounding out the top 10 male and female names in 2009 on average for the entire United States were:

  • Ethan and Emma
  • Michael and Olivia
  • Alexander and Sophia
  • William and Ava
  • Joshua and Emily
  • Daniel and Madison
  • Jayden and Abigail
  • Noah and Chloe
  • Anthony and Mia

Get the entire list of top 100 baby names from the Social Security Administration here.

While most of these names are in the top 10 of every state, there are some variations. Here's a look at the differences among the northeast, southeast, west and midwest regions and how they compare with the national trends.Note: The numbers in parentheses indicate 2009 national rank.

Top baby names in the Northeast

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The Northeast includes New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)mid-Atlantic states (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania) and Washington, DC .

Here are the top 10 names in the Northeast:
1. Abigail (national rank = 8)
2. Sophia (4)
3. Ava (5)
4. Emily (6)
5. Isabella (1)
6. Madison (7)
7. Michael (3)
8. Olivia (3)
9. Matthew (13)
10. Jacob (1)

In this region, female names are fairly consistent with overall US trends. Only Emma, Chloe and Mia are missing from the Northeast's top 10. Traditional names are growing in popularity in the Northeast and include Allison, Charlotte, Katherine and Sarah.

Names for boys, however, are different in the Northeast. The country's top male name, Jacob, barely made the Northeast's top 10. Ethan, Alexander, William, Joshua, Daniel, Jayden, Noah and Anthony didn't make the cut at all. Much more popular in this region are Matthew, Ryan, Chase and Jack.

Top baby names in the Southeast

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The lovely Southeast region includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Here are Southerners' 2009 favorites:
1. Jacob (1)
2. Ava (5)
3. Chloe (9)
4. Emma (2)
5. Isabella (1)
6. Madison (7)
7. Olivia (3)
8. Abigail (8)
9. Emily (6)
10. Ethan (2)

Surprisingly, Michael, Alexander, Sophia and William -- some of the nation's top 5 names -- didn't make it to the Southeast's top 10 list. Names that did make the top 10 in some southeastern states are Alyssa, Christian, Makayla and Kaylee.

Next page: Top baby names in the west and midwest

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