May 25, 2023 - News

The trendiest baby name in Washington state is Atlas

Changes in Washington baby names, 2012-2022
Data: U.S. Social Security Administration; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

When it comes to baby names in Washington state, Atlas and Walker are in — but Alexa and Brayden are out.

Driving the news: Last week, we told you that Oliver and Olivia were the most common names for babies born in Washington in 2022.

Yes, but: Axios did a deeper analysis of our state's unique baby name trends — and found that the popularity of some names has surged here in the past decade, while others have fallen out of favor.

Details: A Washington-born baby in 2022 was 18 times more likely to be named Atlas than one born in 2012, per the analysis.

  • If you know your Greek mythology, you'll know that an Atlas isn't just a book of maps — it's the name of the famed Titan who held up the heavens and is often depicted with a globe on his shoulders.
  • Meanwhile, babies born in 2022 were about six times less likely to be named Alexa. (Apparently, some parents don't want their baby to share a name with Amazon's personal digital assistant.)
Most "Washington" baby names, 2022
Data: U.S. Social Security Administration; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Plus: Some names are uniquely Washington.

  • The girl's name Mira, for instance, is 2.5 times more popular in Washington than in the U.S. overall.
  • And, compared to parents elsewhere, Washington parents were almost six times more likely last year to name a boy Avyaan.

Go deeper: Which names are going in and out of fashion nationwide

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