Are you expecting a "little bundle of joy?" Have you thought of what to name the addition to your family? Naming your child can be difficult. It is the name that your child will live with for their entire life. Granted, they will probably have plenty of nicknames along the way. Their "legal" name is the one they are going to see on all of their mail and taxes.

Did you know there are laws on naming your baby?

It's true. Each state has different laws in regard to naming your child. Some are actually pretty bizarre.

For example:

  • In Arizona, your child's name cannot exceed 141 characters. So basically your kid's name cannot be longer than a tweet.
  • In Nebraska, you cannot name your child an obscene name. So I guess "Poop Factory" is out of the question?
  • In Florida, if both parents don't agree on a name, the State of Florida will name the kid for you.

Some baby naming rules blanket the entire US. According to, there are some baby names that are banned in the US.

Illegal Names You Cant Name Your Baby in Montana

As for here in Montana, the naming rules are pretty lenient. There are not a ton of things your baby cannot be named.

According to

Montana has no rules on baby names, but its data system doesn’t allow for special symbols. If a parent wants to use a symbol, once they receive the birth certificate, they can write it in and send it back to the vital records office for approval.

So, unlike Nebraska, Montanans can name their baby "Poop Factory," but not "#P00PFACT*RY?" Maybe just stick to the popular names?

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

LOOK: The most popular biblical baby names

To determine the most popular biblical baby names, Stacker consulted the name origin site Behind the Name and the Social Security Administration's baby names database then ranked the top 50 names from Behind the Name's Biblical Names origins list of 564 names, based on how many babies had been given these names in 2019. Click through to find out which biblical names have stood the test of time.

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