What are the most popular baby names in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties? You may be surprised to find out what the Hudson Valley is naming their kids.

Back in the day baby names were pretty straight forward. You had your usual John, Mary, Robert and Jennifer with an occasional Liam or Amber to shake things up. Nowadays it seems like the most unique names with the craziest spellings has become the norm.

You may be surprised to find out what your neighbors are naming their kids. We've combed through the latest available data from the State of New York and found that the most popular baby names for boys in the Hudson Valley are Jacob, Joseph and Mason. Newborn girls were most commonly named Isabella, Emma and Mia.

Here's a breakdown of popular baby names by county:

Dutchess County Boys:

  1. Joseph
  2. Michael
  3. Liam
  4. Logan
  5. Christopher

Dutchess County Girls:

  1. Olivia
  2. Emily
  3. Isabella
  4. Emma
  5. Ava

Orange County Boys:

  1. Jacob
  2. Joseph
  3. David
  4. Anthony
  5. Moshe

Orange County Girls:

  1. Isabella
  2. Rachel
  3. Leah
  4. Sophia
  5. Esther

Ulster County Boys:

  1. Mason
  2. Michael
  3. Dylan
  4. Jacob
  5. Logan

Ulster County Girls:

  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Mia
  4. Ava
  5. Lily

Cultural influences play a big part in name choices, and Orange County's large Hassidic population pushed the name Moshe to the top-five. Twenty-nine children born that year were given the traditional Hebrew name for Moses.

What do you think about this list of popular baby names? Would you rather see kids named something more traditional or do you prefer seeing children with unique and different names? Let us know your thoughts below.