A lot of things in life are considerably easier than they used to be.

Naming a baby is not one of them.

Unless you're locked into a family favorite, there are more and more names, featuring a seemingly never-ending amount of spelling variations, than ever before.

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Four months into 2023, Names.org is out with their projections for the Most Popular Baby Names in South Dakota in 2023 based on Social Security Administration data on births and user interest on its website.

Let's start with ladies first.

There's a new number one in the Mount Rushmore State.

Amelia is expected to dethrone Evelyn at the top of the list, while Charlotte is expected to jump from third to second, as Evelyn tumbles to third.

Other movers on the list include Sophia, climbing three spots from seventh to fourth, Harper, moving from ninth to seventh, and the two biggest leapers, Hazel and Quinn, each up six and cracking the top ten for the first time.

The biggest slide belongs to Emma, which tumbles from second to sixth.


  1. Amelia
  2. Charlotte
  3. Evelyn
  4. Sophia
  5. Ava
  6. Emma
  7. Harper
  8. Olivia
  9. Hazel
  10. Quinn

Seven of South Dakota’s top 10 girl’s names are also on the national top 10 list, the three names unique to South Dakota are Harper, Hazel, and Quinn.

On the boys' side, Henry, Oliver, and Theodore continue their stranglehold on the top three spots again this year.

Asher and Hudson swap spots at four and five, while Maverick is a new name in the top 10 this year, jumping from 11th to seventh.


  1. Henry
  2. Oliver
  3. Theodore
  4. Asher
  5. Hudson
  6. Liam
  7. Maverick
  8. Noah
  9. Jack
  10. Brooks

Five of South Dakota’s top 10 boy’s names are also on the national top 10 list, the five names unique to South Dakota are Asher, Hudson, Maverick, Jack, and Brooks.

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