If you're ready to settle down and take the next step in your marriage or relationship, then you may want to consider Massachusetts when it comes to raising a family. As a matter of fact, in an article published in 2022, it was stated that Massachusetts is the top state to raise a family. In addition, some of the best towns in Massachusetts for young families include Stoneham, Marblehead, East Longmeadow, and Brewster. Check out the entire list by going here.

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So you're ready to take that step. You and your partner are reading the books, taking some classes, getting the nursery prepared, having enough diapers and wipes to last you a while, and continually checking off the boxes on a list of items that will never seem to end. Heck, you may already have a name picked out (check out the list of banned baby names below) but what about the last name?

Can I Legally Give My Baby Any Last Name I Want in Massachusetts?

This is a question that may or may not come up that often. I mean it's pretty much a given that if you and you're partner share the last name, your child will have the same last name, right? Well, times have changed and both partners don't necessarily share the same last name so it is something to think about. The good news is that according to Mass Legal Help, the child's last name may be the father's last name, the mother's last name, a hyphenated version of both, or any other last name that the couple wishes. The only time there would be an issue is if the parents can't come to an agreement on the child's last name in which case the decision would be made in court. You can read more about this by going here.

Naming a Massachusetts Baby Any of These 11 Names is Illegal

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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.

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