While Michael, Liam and Aiden have all made the top spot for boys’ names in the United States there is not one Irish girl’s name among the Social Security Administration's list of top names given to newborn babies in each state.
In 2012 the top female names chosen for babies all had a theme – an “a”. Sophia, Olivia, Isabella, Ava and Emma were all top ranked but not a Mary or Colleen in sight.
The boy’s names of choice in the United States are certainly more diverse. The top names for 2012 were William, Liam, Alexander, Jacob, Ethan, James, Elijah, Noah, Mason, Michael, Jayden and Benjamin. It’s believed that stars’ successes over the past year, such as Irish actor Liam Neeson and the singer Michael Bublé could have added to this popularity.
Similarly when it comes to the female names of choice it’s believed that “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson holds a lot of sway along with Emma Stone, Sophia Loren, Olivia Wilde, and the rest.
As for where the more Irish names are popular, the data shows that Liam is more dominant in the midlands and northwest, from Oregon to Iowa, and every state in between. Michael however is only popular in New York, which could very well have to do with the current mayor Michael Bloomberg, but who knows.
Source: Social Security Administrations.
* Originally published in 2013.