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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