Sophia, Jacob Top 2012 List of Most Popular Baby Names

What names have you given your child in the past year?

For the 13th year in a row, Jacob comes out on top as the most popular name for a boy, according to statistics release Monday by the Social Security Administration, while the most popular girl's name comes from a more traditional era.

Joining Jacob at the top of the list is Sophia, while the former two-year leader Isabella, dropped to second place in 2011. Emma, Olivia and Ava rounded out the top five.

Mason, William, Jayden and Noah rounded out the list for boys names while Michael came in sixth, the lowest ranking that the name has had since 1948.

According to an Associated Press article Monday, writer Stephen Ohlemacher quotes babynamewizard.com founder Laura Wattenberg in saying that pop culture, religion and reality television played a prominent role in the top names of 2011:

"It shows what we're paying attention to, what we're thinking about," said Laura Wattenberg, creator of the website babynamewizard.com. "Today, you can't walk through a supermarket without learning more than you hoped to know about the Kardashian family. That's just reality."

The largest climbing names on the list, according to the Social Security Administration, were Brantley and Briella.

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So what is your top baby name? Did you have a child in 2011 and if so, what did you name him or her? We want to know your thoughts on the latest child name trends, so add your thoughts below.

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barbara patch September 04, 2012 at 08:14 AM
my daughter (8 months) is Bonnie Eliana, i think her name is familiar but not super-popular or trendy, unusual without being weird or too 'out there'. but according to baby name voyager the name Bonnie rose about 100 places in popularity in 2011 from 900something. maybe it'll turn trendier in the next few years? i like some popular names & hate others, isabella, sophia, emma, grace are all pretty names - nevaeh, mackenzie, 'creative' spellings of names like chloe & madison seem trashy & just bleh. for boys i like traditional names & older ones you don't hear much of (floyd, sid, rex, arthur, marvin). hate the 'aiden'-rhyming trend (jayden braeden etc). and tucker cuz its just cruel to name a boy something that rhymes with f*#ker :)


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