Just when you thought the government was so mired in scandal they couldn't do anything right, the Social Security Administration went and released the list of the Most Popular Baby Names for last year. THANKS A LOT, OBAMA.
(Note that this only includes babies who obtained Social Security numbers, so those weirdos who live off the grid and stockpile Franks N Beans in their garages won't be included but they all probably have names like Apocalypto and Jehezerith anyway so who cares.)
I went ahead and made a little map of the boys names because they were more interesting. Check out the regional variations!
WILLIAM is popular in the South and a couple of Western states. It's popular in the South because it sounds old-fashioned without being weird. Will is the kind of guy who likes college football and cigars, so it goes with the South.
Your Mountain West states (plus Nebraska and Oregon) went for LIAM. Liam's not bad, I guess, although I will always associate it with the guy from Oasis and so I always expect Liam to be a drunk asshole.
MASON was popular in your Great Lakes area, the Maine-Vermont part, whatever that's called, a couple of Midwest states, and, unaccountably, Louisiana. I can't think of what Louisiana and Maine might have in common except tourists go there to eat shellfish? That doesn't explain Mason.
MICHAEL was big in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. Obviously because of Michael Bloomberg.
In Florida, and only Florida, the most popular boy's name was JAYDEN. Of course.