Expecting A New Year’s Baby? Need A Name?

Are you expecting a New Year’s baby in the family? Need a name?

To give some ideas, each year around Mother’s Day the Social Security Administration announces the most popular baby names of the preceding year.  

Jacob and Sophia were America’s most popular baby names for 2011. 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:

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

Popular names by individual state are available as are names by birth year. You can even see how the popularity of a name has changed over time. Baby names for each year since 1880 are available.

Family traditions, religion and popular culture have a large impact on baby names. See how a names popularity changes over time at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/.   

Get your new baby a Social Security number. The easiest way to do this is at the hospital through a voluntary and free process when you apply for his or her birth certificate. The state agency that issues birth certificates will share your child’s information with the Social Security Administration. Then, without additional paperwork from you, a Social Security number card is issued for your child and mailed to you. This very popular method is faster and easier than waiting to apply directly with a Social Security office. See Social Security Numbers for Children, publication 05-10023, for more information.