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Sophia and Jacob Top Baby Names

Sophia became the most popular U.S. baby girl name in 2011, ending Isabella's two-year reign atop the Social Security Administration's annual Popular Baby Names list. Jacob was America's most popular boy's name for the 13th consecutive year.

Mason was the only new boys' or girls name to break into the top 10. A Social Security press release notes that the "Mason, a relatively popular name since the 1990s, had never cracked the top 25 until 2010, when it hit number 12. Some may attribute this year’s rise to number two to reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian’s son." Liam was the only other name that broke into the boys' top 20 list., vaulting to 15th place from 30th last year.  Avery (18th); Sofia (19th), an alternate spelling of Sophia; and Aubrey (20th) broke into the girls' top 20 for the first time.

Still, the names have changed substantially in the past 25 years. Of the top girl baby names in 1986, only Elizabeth is still in the top 20. Nine top boys' names of 25 years ago remain in the top 20. (See chart). You can search Social Security's baby name database by popularity of a name,  by any birth year after 1879, by decade, by state, for twins and in U.S. territories.

Top 20 Boy Baby Names

 

2011

2010

2009

2001

1986

1961

1

Jacob

Jacob

Jacob

Jacob

Michael

Michael

2

Mason

Ethan

Ethan

Michael

Christopher

David

3

William

Michael

Michael

Matthew

Matthew

John

4

Jayden

Jayden

Alexander

Joshua

Joshua

James

5

Noah

William

William

Christopher

David

Robert

6

Michael

Alexander

Joshua

Nicholas

Daniel

Mark

7

Ethan

Noah

Daniel

Andrew

James

William

8

Alexander

Daniel

Jayden

Joseph

Andrew

Richard

9

Aiden

Aiden

Noah

Daniel

Robert

Thomas

10

Daniel

Anthony

Christopher

William

John

Steven

11

Anthony

Joshua

Anthony

Anthony

Ryan

Jeffrey

12

Matthew

Mason

Aiden

David

Joseph

Joseph

13

Elijah

Christopher

Matthew

Tyler

Brandon

Charles

14

Joshua

Andrew

David

John

Justin

Kevin

15

Liam

David

Joseph

Ryan

William

Timothy

16

Andrew

Matthew

Andrew

Zachary

Jonathan

Kenneth

17

James

Logan

Logan

Ethan

Nicholas

Daniel

18

David

Elijah

James

Brandon

Jason

Paul

19

Benjamin

James

Ryan

James

Anthony

Scott

20

Logan

Joseph

Benjamin

Alexander

Brian

Brian

 

Top 20 Girl Baby Names

 

2011

2010

2009

2001

1986

1961

1

Sophia

Isabella

Isabella

Emily

Jessica

Mary

2

Isabella

Sophia

Emma

Madison

Ashley

Lisa

3

Emma

Emma

Olivia

Hannah

Amanda

Susan

4

Olivia

Olivia

Sophia

Ashley

Jennifer

Linda

5

Ava

Ava

Ava

Alexis

Sarah

Karen

6

Emily

Emily

Emily

Sarah

Stephanie

Patricia

7

Abigail

Abigail

Madison

Samantha

Nicole

Donna

8

Madison

Madison

Abigail

Abigail

Brittany

Cynthia

9

Mia

Chloe

Chloe

Elizabeth

Heather

Sandra

10

Chloe

Mia

Mia

Olivia

Elizabeth

Deborah

11

Elizabeth

Addison

Elizabeth

Jessica

Megan

Brenda

12

Ella

Elizabeth

Addison

Taylor

Melissa

Barbara

13

Addison

Ella

Alexis

Emma

Amber

Debra

14

Natalie

Natalie

Samantha

Alyssa

Lauren

Lori

15

Lily

Samantha

Ella

Lauren

Rachel

Pamela

16

Grace

Alexis

Natalie

Grace

Danielle

Nancy

17

Samantha

Lily

Grace

Kayla

Tiffany

Sharon

18

Avery

Grace

Lily

Brianna

Kimberly

Teresa

19

Sofia

Hailey

Alyssa

Anna

Christina

Elizabeth

20

Aubrey

Alyssa

Ashley

Megan

Laura

Cheryl

Source: Social Security Administration

 

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