(WVUE) - The Social Security Administration has released the most popular baby names by state.
Girl's names are in the slideshow above. For boy's names, click here.
The SSA uses the following criteria:
- Names are restricted to cases where the year of birth, sex, and state of birth (50 States and District of Columbia) are on record, and where the given name is at least two characters long.
- Name data are not edited. For example, the sex associated with a name may be incorrect. Entries such as "Unknown" and "Baby" are not removed from the lists.
- Different spellings of similar names are not combined. For example, the names Caitlin, Caitlyn, Kaitlin, Kaitlyn, Kaitlynn, Katelyn, and Katelynn are considered separate names and each has its own rank.
- When two different names are tied with the same frequency for a given year of birth, the SSA breaks the tie by assigning rank in alphabetical order.
- Some names are applied to both males and females (for example, Micah). SSA rankings are done by sex, so that a name such as Micah will have a different rank for males as compared to females.