Rooney is the most gender-neutral name (and other fun baby names data)

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Since 2010, 70% of the 136 babies named “Benuel” have been born in Pennsylvania (the name is distinctly Amish, and PA is home to the largest Amish population in the US). Over the same period, 62 of the 99 babies born “Krymson” entered the world in Alabama (where delivery rooms echo with shouts of “Roll Tide!”). These findings come to us through a rabbit hole of a query, which scours the latest Social Security Administration data for names where more than 50% of births are from a given state. Want to know which baby names are most characteristic to your state? Try it now!

“Rooney” is the most gender-neutral name of the decade. A baby with this name is only 0.29% more likely to be a baby girl than a baby boy, according to a query that quantifies the gender gap among baby names. Other gender-neutral names include “Clarke,” “Amory,” and “Cypress.” Did your name make the list? Find out!

Top-10 gender-neutral names in US (Click for full list)

“Isabella” has been Florida’s number-one baby girl name since 2006. Prior to that, “Emily” reigned from 1998 to 2005. Want to know the top names by state and sex? Just click here!

Disney’s Frozen was released in late-November 2013, and the name “Elsa” peaked in 2014. The biggest year for “Jasmine” was 1993, the year after Aladdin’s late-1992 theatrical release. What were the most popular birth years for your name? Get the data!

Original data sources:

Baby Names from Social Security Card Applications-National Level Data

Baby Names from Social Security Card Applications-Data by State and District of Columbia

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