Most popular baby names by state in 2016

Naming your bundle of joy is a big responsibility for parents. The Social Security Administration just released the top baby names from 2016 by state and a few surprising names took the top spots.

See the top baby names by state:

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Alabama

Girl: Ava

Boy: William

Alaska

Girl: Emma

Boy: Liam

Arizona

Girl: Emma

Boy: Liam

Arkansas

Girl: Ava

Boy: Elijah

California

Girl: Mia

Boy: Noah

Colorado

Girl: Olivia

Boy: Liam

Connecticut

Girl: Olivia

Boy: Noah

Delaware

Girl: Ava

Boy: Liam

District of Columbia

Girl: Ava

Boy: William

Florida

Girl: Isabella

Boy: Liam​​​​​​​

Georgia

Girl: Ava

Boy: William

Hawaii

Girl: Olivia

Boy: Noah

Idaho

Girl: Emma

Boy: Oliver

Illinois

Girl: Olivia

Boy: Noah

Indiana

Girl: Emma

Boy: Oliver

Iowa

Girl: Olivia

Boy: Oliver

Kansas

Girl: Emma

Boy: Benjamin

Kentucky

Girl: Emma

Boy: William

Louisiana

Girl: Ava

Boy: Liam

Maine

Girl: Emma

Boy: Liam

Maryland

Girl: Ava

Boy: Noah

Massachusetts

Girl: Olivia

Boy: Benjamin

Michigan

Girl: Ava

Boy: Noah

Minnesota

Girl: Evelyn

Boy: Henry

Mississippi

Girl: Ava

Boy: William

Missouri

Girl: Olivia

Boy: William

Montana

Girl: Harper

Boy: James

Nebraska

Girl: Emma

Boy: ​​​​​​​Liam

Nevada

Girl: Mia

Boy: Liam

New Hampshire

Girl: Charlotte

Boy: Noah

New Jersey

Girl: Mia

Boy: Liam

New Mexico

Girl: Mia

Boy: Elijah

New York

Girl: Olivia

Boy: Liam

North Carolina

Girl: Ava

Boy: William

North Dakota

Girl: Harper

Boy: Oliver

Ohio

Girl: Emma

Boy: Liam

Oklahoma

Girl: Emma

Boy: Liam

Oregon

Girl: Olivia

Boy: Oliver

Pennsylvania

Girl: Emma

Boy: Noah

Rhode Island

Girl: Olivia

Boy: Liam

South Carolina

Girl: Ava

Boy: William

South Dakota

Girl: Emma

Boy: Oliver

Tennessee

Girl: Emma

Boy: William

Texas

Girl: Emma

Boy: Noah

Utah

Girl: Olivia

Boy: Oliver

Vermont

Girl: Harper

Boy: Owen

Virginia

Girl: Olivia

Boy: William

Washington

Girl: Emma

Boy: Liam

West Virginia

Girl: Harper

Boy: Mason

Wisconsin

Girl: Olivia

Boy: Oliver

Wyoming

Girl: Emma

Boy: Wyatt

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Names that end in “ah” are all the rage for little girls, with Ava, Olivia, Emma, Mia, and Isabella being favorites in most states. The only exception was Harper, like the Beckingham palace princess.

For boys, 'old school' is now 'new school' with Liam, Noah, and Oliver all making the list. If you live in the Southeast part of the U.S., William was the most popular name.

The good news is that most of these names only have one spelling.

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