As annually done near Mother’s Day, last Friday the Social Security Administration provided the most popular baby names of the previous year based on applications for new Social Security number (SSN) cards. The agency began compiling the baby name list in 1997, with names dating to back to 1880.
Parents usually apply for the child’s SSN at the time of birth, thus making Social Security America’s source for the most popular baby names.
Popular baby names for 2013 are on the SSA website at www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/. There you can learn popular baby names for the nation, by state, and see changes in popularity of a given name over many years. How popular is your name?
Nationally for 2013, the five most popular male names are Noah, Liam, Jacob, Mason and William. The five most popular female names are Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella and Ava.
First time atop the list is Noah, the first new boys name at number one since 1960 other than Jacob or Michael, and the third straight year for Sophia.
Different spellings of similar names are not combined. For example, the names Caitlin, Caitlyn, Kaitlin, Kaitlyn, Kaitlynn, Katelyn, and Katelynn are considered separate names and each has its own rank.
Popular 2013 names by individual state will be available on May 15. Popular names by state for prior years are available now.