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Rich with history, the East Coast is characterized by a fast-paced lifestyle, true seasons and an appreciation for exciting, urban landscapes. Whether you call this part of the country home, or you simply dream of life on the Atlantic, giving your little boy or girl a name prevalent in these states can be very meaningful.

In order to identify the names that are most common on the East Coast relative to the rest of the United States, MooseRoots used data from the Social Security Administration to find the top names in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida in 2014. MooseRoots only included names with at least 1,000 occurrences, and compared the frequency of each name on the East Coast with the rest of the U.S. Finally, MooseRoots compiled a list of names most likely to appear in states on the East Coast, and ranked the list from lowest to highest frequency relative to the rest of the country.

While some names, like Taylor or Morgan, might not surprise you, the list sheds light on heritage patterns among Americans. According to a U.S. Census Bureau survey, counties with the most people claiming Italian heritage live on the East Coast, with concentrated communities located in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Unsurprisingly, such patterns are reflected in the list, where you’ll find names like Gianna and Valentina.

Note: All values are rounded to the nearest tenth.

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#20. Kayla

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 58.8 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 24.4
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 15.4

Kayla, a Yiddish name, ranked No. 102 nationally.

#19. Ashley

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 60.7 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 29.3
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 18.3

Defined as “ash and wood,” the English name Ashley ranked No. 87 for the entire U.S.

#18. Justin

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Gender: Male
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 60.9 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 31.6
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 19.7

A name of English origin, Justin ranked No. 96 for the entire U.S.

#17. Brianna

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 61.9 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 29.9
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 18.5

A name with Irish roots, Brianna was very common among newborn girls on the East Coast in 2014, and was also prevalent nationwide, earning the overall rank of No. 85.

#16. Leah

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 62.6 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 46.7
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 28.7

Leah means “languid” in Hebrew and ranked No. 35 among girls throughout the country, in 2014.

#15. Madison

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 64.2 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 86.8
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 52.9

The name Madison ranked No. 9 nationally in 2014.

#14. Alexandra

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 65.5 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 28.1
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 17.0

Alexandra, a name with Latin, Roman and Romanian roots, ranked No. 92 among female newborns nationally in 2014.

#13. Morgan

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 68.6 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 26.0
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 15.4

While Morgan ranked highly among newborn girls on the East Coast in 2014, this English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh name only ranked No. 101 for the U.S. as a whole.

#12. Nicholas

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Gender: Male
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 70.6 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 56.4
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 33.1

Meaning “people” and “victory,” the English name Nicholas ranked No. 57 among all newborn boys in the country.

#11. Taylor

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 73.7 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 33.9
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 19.5

Taylor, meaning “to cut,” ranked No. 77 among female babies nationally in 2014.

#10. Sarah

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 74.3 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 41.8
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 24.0

Defined as “princess,” the English, Hebrew and Jewish name Sarah ranked No. 50 among baby girls in the U.S. in 2014.

#9. Julia

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 75.8 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 32.5
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 18.5

The English and Latin name Julia ranked No. 86 among girls in the U.S. in 2014.

#8. Quinn

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 76.5 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 23.1
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 13.1

Despite the popularity of Quinn among female newborns on the East Coast, the name only ranked No. 126 throughout the U.S. in 2014.

#7. Skylar

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 78.8 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 43.6
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 24.4

The name Skylar means “scholar,” and ranked No. 48 across the country.

#6. London

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 79.3 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 30.2
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 16.8

The name London was very common among East Coast girls in 2014, and it was also prevalent throughout the U.S., earning the rank of No. 93.

#5. Valentina

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 86.6 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 26.7
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 14.3

The feminine form of Valentine, the name Valentina ranked No. 112 among girls in the U.S. in 2014.

#4. Gabriella

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 89.9 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 49.5
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 26.1

Gabriella, a name of Hebrew, Portuguese and Spanish origins, earned the rank of No. 232 among baby girls in 2014.

#3. Peyton

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 94.7 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 44.5
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 22.8

Peyton ranked No. 56 among baby girls in U.S. in 2014.

#2. Gianna

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 97.8 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 31.2
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 15.8

Gianna, an Italian name, ranked No. 95 among female babies in the U.S. in 2014.

#1. Riley

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Gender: Female
Percent More Likely to Be a East Coast Baby: 122.4 percent
East Coast Babies per 10,000: 54.6
U.S. Babies per 10,000: 24.6

Defined as “clearing,” “rye” and “wood,” Riley was popular across the U.S, ranking No. 47 among all female babies.