New York Names

By Henry Gargan

2011 was the first year in the United States non-white children accounted for the majority of births.

These charts reflect naming data gathered that year by the City of New York for births in the city. Some names are popular across the four demographic groups proivded (Madison, for instance), while others (like Angel), at least in 2011, appear to have more ethnically specific appeal.

It should also be noted that these data are not complete. Only names that occurred at least 10 times over the course of the year were included in this survey. The threshold for national naming-trend data is five names.

Breaking It Down

Click on any of the categories below to view the top names for that demographic.

The Bigger Picture

New York represents a fairly cosmopolitan mixture of cultures and names, but its most popular names still differ from national trends.

Click below to view charts for the entire U.S. or compare top names in the tables underneath.

Boys

Rank New York United States
Rank New York United States

Girls

Rank New York United States
Rank New York United States

All Data

Below is the complete dataset used to generate the above graphs. Click on each column title to organize the data by that attribute.

The column on the far right provides measures of relative frequency, or how often a given name can be expected to occur within a given demographic group. This allows us to account for variance in the size of demographic groups when determining which names are most prominent.

For example: In New York City, nearly four out of every 100 non-Hispanic black girls born in 2011 could expect to be named Madison.

Name Gender Ethnicity Instances Overall Rank Group Rank Relative Frequency
Name Gender Ethnicity Instances Overall Rank Group Rank Relative Frequency
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