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First Baby Names of 2013: Name Candy's State-by-State List

The first style markers of 2013 are rolling in, as we here at NameCandy.com compile our annual list of First Baby Names of the New Year

Looking over this year's list of names of the first babies born in all 50 states, it might be fair to say that the list is brought to you by the letter K. Or at least the sound "K".

The crisp sound of "K" has been an American favorite since Kelly and Kevin were fresh new hits, and this year's First Names show that it's still going strong. K represents the style of 2013, leading off names like KennediKlara, Kaleb, Kiera, Kent, Colton, Connor and Cohen. Still more of the names carry that "k" sound within them: Isaac, Malcolm, Eric, Jaycob, Mikah, Dominic and Lyrik.

The hot vowel is y, which helps highlight long "a" sounds in names like Baylin, Ayden, Jaycob and Sayge as well as standing alone in Lyla and Lyrik.

In addition to its hot letters, Lyrik strikes another style note as one of several unguessably androgynous names on the list. In case you were wondering, baby Lyrik is a boy, born in Colorado. His name holds a special place in our hearts, as our very own Name Lady discussed it in detail a few months back in her column "Are Musical Names for Sissies?" Other he-or-she First Names include Baylin, Mobley, Sayge, and our pick for the most eye-catchingly creative First Name of 2013:


Daffron is a boy, from Virginia. We're guessing it's a family surname (not just a route to the nickname Daffy.)

Yet amidst all this inventiveness, "classic" names -- especially refreshed classics like Henry, Silas, Ella, Olivia, Isaac and Malcolm -- still find plenty of takers.

As you look through the state-by-state list of first baby names of 2013 below, what patterns do you notice? What trends do you think will carry through for the rest of the year?

State-by-State First Baby Names of 2013:

Alabama: Graham Kent. 12:56 a.m.

Alaska: TBD

Arizona: Malcolm, 12:04 a.m.

Arkansas: Malea, 3:37

California: Dorian Martin-Jean, 12:00 a.m.; Harley Daniel "at the stroke of midnight"; Nathan, "at the stroke of midnight"

Colorado: Lyrik Robert Sky, 12:45 a.m.

Connecticut: Seth, 12:06 am

Delaware: TBD

Florida: Bentley Lamar, 12:14; Baylin Henry, 12:00:14 a.m.

Georgia: Eric John Antonio, 1:41 a.m.

Hawaii: Quetzalli, 2:49 a.m.

Idaho: Henry Nicholas, 1:37 a.m.

Illinois: Aydan, 12:08 a.m.

Indiana: Alex, 12:02 a.m.

Iowa: Jaycob Ryan Jr. 12:45 a.m.

Kansas: Xiomara Tatiana, 12:05 a.m.

Kentucky: No name released, 12:12 a.m.; Emma, 3:31

Louisiana: Juniper Lynn Marie, 1:20 a.m. (Baton Rouge area)

Maine: Finnegan, 12:33 a.m.

Maryland: Brianna, 12:00:05 a.m.

Massachusetts: Max Pierre, 12:00:05 a.m.

Michigan: Charlee Maria, 12:06 a.m.

Minnesota: Kiera, 2:17 am, No Name, 12:17 a.m.

Mississippi: Kennedi Reese, 5:06 a.m.

Missouri: Mikah, 12:13 a.m.

Montana: TBD

Nebraska: Colton Alexander, 12:01

Nevada: Lyla Emerson, 12:00 a.m.

New Hampshire: Connor Roger, 12:14 a.m.

New Jersey: Eileem Flores; 12:00: 06 a.m.

New Mexico: Dominic Jairo, 12:10

New York: Olivia Rose, just after midnight;

North Carolina: Silas Coady, 12:10 a.m.

North Dakota: Klara Lea, 12:50 a.m.

Ohio: Hadley Ann, 12:01 a.m.

Oklahoma: Ella Jean, 12:59 a.m.

Oregon: Jasmine, 12:40 a.m.

Pennsylvania: Shane Patrick Jr, 12:11 a.m.; Kaleb Nicholas, 12:31 a.m. [Update: Marguerite Lynn, 12:05 a.m.]

Rhode Island: Isaac George, 12:24 a.m.

South Carolina: Lyla, 12:30 a.m.

South Dakota: Cohen, 3:30 a.m.

Tennessee: Mobley Alexander, 12:33

Texas: Fulton Ames, 12:01 a.m.; Maritza, 12:01; Aubree Star, 12:04

Utah: Anna-Sofia,12:01 a.m.

Vermont: Sayge Raylynn, 1:59

Virginia: Daffron, "a little after the ball dropped"; Annabella , 12:21 a.m.

Washington:Dominik James, 12:01

West Virginia: Eric Johnothan, 10:46 a.m.

Wisconsin: Name Not released, 12:23 a.m.

Wyoming: Felicity Hae, "just after 1 a.m."

To see how the First Baby Names of 2013 compare to previous years, take a look back:

-- J.B. + L.E. + L.W.

[Ed. Note: names indicated as [Update:] were reported after the original list was produced]


January 1, 2013 11:59 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Juniper Lynn Marie is my favorite!

January 2, 2013 10:31 AM
By Alex Levy (not verified)

Interesting is the fact that only two of the 50 listed names are of biblical origin, possibly reflecting the trend that we are becoming an increasingly agnostic nation.

January 2, 2013 12:18 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Thank god.

January 2, 2013 1:50 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I agree, thank "god" for agnosticism.

Lyrik Robert Sky is pretty cool.

January 2, 2013 2:24 PM
By Steve Konitzer (not verified)

I just saw my son's name for Florida. Baylin Henry was born 13sec after midnight. Not 12:15.

January 2, 2013 2:25 PM
By Steve Konitzer (not verified)

Just saw my son's name for Florida. Baylin Henry was born 13sec after midnight and not 12:15.

January 2, 2013 3:22 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Congratulations Steve!

January 2, 2013 5:02 PM
By Steve Konitzer (not verified)

Thank you!

January 2, 2013 9:39 PM
By Jennie

Hi Steve, if you have a photo of Baylin Henry we could use for this story, please contact me using the contact form link in the footer of the site.

January 3, 2013 4:34 AM
By Steve Konitzer (not verified)

How do I put a photo? Or should I give you a link?

January 3, 2013 11:12 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Where I live, the first born is ALWAYS a mexican. The mexicans are breeding like cockroaches.

January 3, 2013 1:00 PM
By Stephanie (not verified)

Hey, Anonymous 11:12, I don't know for sure where you live, but unless it's Mexico, I'm pretty sure it's safe to say the first baby of the year is not Mexican. In America, babies born here are AMERICAN, regardless of their race or ethnicity, the nationality of their parents, the language their family speaks, or the origin of their name. And, as it happens, only the last of those things can be inferred from a list of names anyway.

January 3, 2013 2:29 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Someone can't count Bible names, Seth, Silas and Isaac are all Bible names. I'm guessing Nathan wasn't counted because it wasn't first in the entry for California. Jaycob and Mikah are alternative spellings of Bible names, as is Kaleb who was second in Pennsylvania.Some of the middle names are Biblical as well.

January 3, 2013 2:30 PM
By How do you spell Kennedy? (not verified)

I see a trend of Kennedi spelled 10 different ways like Jazmin.

Graham and Finnegan. White people are using Irish names like crazy.

January 3, 2013 2:47 PM
By TIffany (not verified)

Twin boys were born to a friend of mine just after midnight in Georgia... so that information is incorrect - Unless they only count natural births.

January 3, 2013 3:40 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Isn't that the truth everywhere now!!!!!!! Cockaroaches and why not they are living free off of our tax money!!

January 3, 2013 7:55 PM
By J (not verified)

Oh lord, textbook racist trolls. Dehumanizing ethnic group-du-jour? Check. Insisting that only that group is taking away money from "us" (meaning white people)? Check. Stoking fear that said group is going to take "us" over? Check.

Same dumb rhetoric, different ethnic group: Irish, Chinese, Mexicans, whoever it is that is going to ruin the country next, right?

Ugh. Why are you on a naming site, anyway? This place celebrates different cultures and people. None of us are going to fear change or something new. Sorry!

Love this site.

January 3, 2013 9:37 PM
By Tiyana (not verified)

WOW! I find this name list totally boring.

My favorite name from the list was Xiomara Tatiana!

January 4, 2013 9:18 AM
By Karolyn (not verified)

What's up with Ohio's Hadley Ann? I don't know enough moms / toddlers in my area to get a sense of local naming trends but this one struck me. Had a coworker name her 2010 daughter Tinsley which feels similar. Hadley is like a portmanteau of Hailey and Boo Radley.

January 4, 2013 10:45 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Hadley was the nickname of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, so it's not necessarily a new name.

January 4, 2013 4:53 PM
By Rose (not verified)

Steve I think you read the time wrong it says 12:00:15 which is 15 seconds after midnite, not 12:15. I read ir wrong at first but then went back when you posted. Anyway enjoy your new bundle of joy.

January 12, 2013 10:53 AM

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January 13, 2013 6:45 AM
By Jenny Watson (not verified)

"K" word has grown its importance in the U.S. for naming the child. Thus the new year 13 has got so many child named with "K". All children have been just waiting for their baby diaper cakes. Baby Diaper cakes are available in any online shop at a very cheaper rate too. All good wishes for the babies born in January 1 at 12 to 1 AM.

January 13, 2013 10:34 PM
By Beth (not verified)

I love Xiomara. Most these names, though, are unbearably boring or tacky. I was interested to see a Malea! I wonder if the president's kids' names have been a big influence.

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