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These States Have Their Own Ideas When It Comes To Baby Naming

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Parents in some states are more likely to choose names that have enjoyed nationwide popularity in recent decades while parents in others tend to break with tradition. We looked at lists of the country's top ten baby names from 1980 to 2010, and compared them to each state's top ten lists for 2012, the most recent year Social Security data is available. States with the most 2012 names that didn't make the top nation's top ten during the past three decades are darker in the maps below.

Maine and Wyoming had the most name turnover for boys with eight out of ten new names. Newly-popular boys' names that did not appear on any national top ten lists from 1980 to 2010 included: Mason, Elijah, Liam, Gabriel, Hunter, Nathan, Logan, Jackson, Ryan, Henry, Benjamin, Samuel, Wyatt, Carter, Avery, Owen, Landon, Lucas, Josiah, Eli, Jaxon, Jose, Luke, Jack, Bentley, Brayden and Levi. Scroll down for the girls' map.

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North Dakota had the most innovative girls' names with six out of ten new names. Newly-popular girls' names that did not appear on any national top ten lists from 1980 to 2010 included: Ella, Harper, Lillian, Sofia, Addison, Harper, Zoey, Sofia, Camila, Avery, Evelyn, Charlotte, Aubrey,Genesis, Zoe, Lily, Brooklyn, Addison, Natalie, Amelia, Grace, Mary, Aaliyah, Nevaeh, Claire and Lucy.

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Infographics by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post.

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