Now the Kardashian effect makes its mark on baby names – but for once it doesn"t start with a K, as Mason takes top spot

Now the Kardashian effect makes its mark on baby names – but for once it doesn't start with a K, as Mason takes top spot

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23:11 GMT, 5 October 2012


Kourtney Kardashian

Inspiration: Many parents are following the lead of Kourtney Kardashian who named her son Mason

A state-by-state breakdown of the nation's most popular baby names has revealed that a vast number of parents are taking their lead from Kourtney Kardashian.

Mason is the most popular name for boys, ranking top in 22 states including Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Idaho.

The trend emerged in a list released by the U.S. Social Security Administration, which revealed the most popular baby names for each state last year.

In light of the findings
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From Noah in Hawaii to Sophia in New York, and Mason, well, everywhere: A state-by-state breakdown of the nation's most popular baby names

From Noah in Hawaii to Sophia in New York, and Mason, well, everywhere: A state-by-state breakdown of the nation's most popular baby names

The Social Security Administration provides lists of baby names dating back to 1880 on its website. The top two names that year were John and Mary.

It also tracks which names increase in popularity from year to year and which ones drop. The most recent year it has data for is 2011.

THE NAME GAME: TOP BABY MONIKERS STATE-BY-STATE

Alabama

Boys: WilliamGirls: Emma

Alaska

Boys; Mason
Girls: Olivia

Arizona

Boys: Jacob
Girls: Sophia

Arkansas

Boys: William
Girls: Emma

California

Boys: Jacob
Girls: Sophia

Colorado

Boys: Liam
Girls:Olivia

Connecticut

Boys: Alexander Girls: Sophia

Delaware

Boys: Michael
Girls: Sophia

District of Columbia

Boys: William
Girls: Sophia

Florida

Boys: Jayden
Girls: Isabella

Georgia

Boys: William
Girls: Emma

Hawaii

Boys: Noah
Girls:Sophia

Idaho

Boys: Mason
Girls: Emma

Illinois

Boys: Alexander
Girls:Sophia

Indiana

Boys: Mason
Girls: Emma

Iowa

Boys: CarterGirls: Emma

Kansas

Boys: Mason
Girls: Sophia

Kentucky

Boys: William
Girls: Emma

Louisiana

Boys: Mason
Girls: Ava

Maine

Boys: Mason
Girls: Emma

Maryland

Boys: Mason
Girls: Sophia

Massachusetts

Boys: William
Girls: Sophia

Michigan

Boys: Mason
Girls: Olivia

Minnesota

Boys: Mason
Girls: Olivia

Mississippi

Boys: William
Girls: Madison

Missouri

Boys: Mason
Girls: Emma

Montana

Boys: Mason
Girls: Emma

Nebraska

Boys: Mason
Girls: Emma

Nevada

Boys: Anthony
Girls: Sophia

New Hampshire

Boys: Mason
Girls: Sophia

New Jersey

Boys: Michael
Girls: Sophia

New Mexico

Boys: Jacob
Girls: Sophia

New York

Boys: Michael
Girls: Sophia

North Carolina

Boys: William
Girls: Emma

North Dakota

Boys: Mason
Girls: Emma

Ohio

Boys: Mason
Girls: Emma

Oklahoma

Boys: William
Girls:
Emma

Oregon

Boys: Mason
Girls: Sophia

Pennsylvania

Boys: Mason
Girls: Sophia

Rhode Island

Boys: Mason
Girls: Sophia

South Carolina

Boys: William
Girls: Madison

South Dakota

Boys: Mason
Girls: Ava

Tennessee

Boys: William
Girls: Emma

Texas

Boys: Jacob
Girls: Sophia

Utah

Boys: Mason
Girls: Olivia

Vermont

Boys: Liam
Girls: Emma

Virginia

Boys: William
Girls: Sophia

Washington

Boys: Mason
Girls: Sophia

West Virginia

Boys: Madison
Girls: Isabella

Wisconsin

Boys: Mason
Girls: Sophia

Wyoming

Boys: William
Girls: Emma