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Why are North Dakotans naming their sons Bentley? Most popular names for babies born in North Dakota in 2010

May 10, 2011 - Andrea Johnson
Where did all the Bentleys come from?

Last week, the Social Security Administration released the top 10 names for boys and girls born last year but, more interestingly for us in North Dakota, today it released the names of babies born in individual states. North Dakota is quite a bit different from the rest of the nation.

The top names for boys born in 2010 in North Dakota were: 1. Mason (64 of them); 2. Jacob (59 of them); 3. Logan (56 of them); 4. Noah (51 of them); 5. Aiden (50 of them); 6. Ethan (47 of them); 7. Liam (46 of them); 8. Carter (42 of them); 9. (tie) Bentley (41 of them), Brayden (41 of them), and Gavin (41 of them); 10. Jaxon (39 of them).

The top names for girls born in the state in 2010 were: 1. Sophia (53 of them); 2. Isabella (52 of them); 3. (tie) Addison (48 of them) and Ella (48 of them); 4. Olivia (45 of them); 5. (tie) Brooklyn (42 of them) and Emma (42 of them); 6. Emily (39 of them); 7. Elizabeth (38 of them); 8. (tie) Ava (35 of them) and Taylor (35 of them); 9. Hailey (34 of them); 10. Grace (33 of them).

The girls' list looks quite a bit more like the national list than the boys' list. Isabella seems to be popular everywhere right now thanks to the "Twilight" series. The national boys' list and the lists from larger states like New York still include a lot of Michaels, Josephs, and Anthonys. Jayden has hit the national list but it's way down on North Dakota's list, probably because it has been such a popular name here for years. Liam is extremely popular in Canada right now, including bordering provinces like Manitoba and Saskatchewan, but it isn't a name that is as popular in most of the rest of the United States. I suppose all of the North Dakota Liams may have something to do with North Dakota's proximity to Canada.

But Bentley is a new one. North Dakota seems to be the only state in the country where Bentley is as popular as it is. Are that many people watching MTV reality shows (apparently one of the teen mothers on an MTV show named her baby Bentley and he is pretty cute) or are people being influenced by country singer Dierks Bentley? Darned if I know. The only one I've heard of up until now was the granddaughter of someone I work with and I think her parents spelled the name differently.

National statistics and statistics for individual states can be found on the Social Security Administration Web site.


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