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The annual release of the top U.S. baby names every spring always generates a lot of media buzz and excitement, but I tend to be more interested in the Minnesota list that comes out a week later with less fanfare.
It's interesting to see how the state differs from the rest of the country. In 2011, Minnesota parents seemed to have less interest in some traditional Biblical names for their sons than U.S. parents.
Joshua, Matthew and Jayden were also popular in the U.S. but lower in the list in Minnesota. So which names did Minnesotans like more? Liam, Benjamin and Logan to name a few. And Minnesotans were all jacked up about Jack and Jackson -- at least compared to the rest of the nation.
And the girls? There wasn't as much difference from the national list, but Claire, Amelia, Harper, Anna and Lucy all were more popular in Minnesota than in the rest of the nation.
Comparing 2010 and 2011 in Minnesota, Harper saw a big jump in popularity for girl names along with Eleanor and Sofia. Minnesotans got all excited about K names in 2011 as well, as Keira, Kendall and Kennedy were new to the top 100 list. Annabelle also made the top 100 at 77, ya'll! Girl names that got dumped from the top 100 included Reese (sorry Witherspoon), Alyssa (sorry Milano) and Teagan (???).
On the boy side, parents' desire to name their sons after a bat -- Easton -- has ebbed a bit. The name wasn't on the list in 2009, but made it to 58 in 2010 before declining to 72 last year. Jaxon, Blake and Colton were big gainers on the top 100 list for boy names.
Below is the top 25 list for Minnesota compared to the U.S. in the 2011. Go to the Social Security Administration web site for more of the fun.
|MN Rank||MN Male name||U.S. Rank||U.S. Male name||MN Rank||MN Female name||U.S. Female name||U.S. Female name|