Most popular baby names for 2011

Mother’s Day was this past weekend and, as done for 13 years now, today the Social Security Administration announced the most popular baby names of the preceding year.  

Across the nation, Jacob and Sophia are America’s most popular baby names for 2011. This is the thirteenth year in a row Jacob tops the SSA list for boys and the first year for Sophia, who moves Isabella to number two after a two-year stint at the top of the list for girls. There is only one new name in the top 10 on either list this year. Mason rocketed to number two from outside of the top ten to replace Anthony on the boys’ side. 

For all the top baby names of 2011, go to Social Security’s website, www.socialsecurity.gov. Here are the top 10 boys and girls names for 2011:

Boys:
  1. Jacob
  2. Mason
  3. William
  4. Jayden
  5. Noah
  6. Michael
  7. Ethan
  8. Alexander
  9. Aiden
  10. Daniel
  Girls:
  1. Sophia
  2. Isabella
  3. Emma
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Abigail
  8. Madison
  9. Mia
  10. Chloe

Popular culture has a large impact on baby names. Religious names are also popular. See how the popularity of different baby names has changed over time at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/.  

Popular names by State for births in 2011 will be available here on May 18. You can view the popular names for previous years now.  

An easy way to obtain a Social Security number (SSN) for your newborn is at the hospital when you provide information for his or her birth certificate. This voluntary, free, and very popular option allows a data exchange between your state and Social Security when the birth is registered. Without extra paperwork from you, state information is used to provide a SSN for your child and the card is automatically mailed to you.

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