A New Year is usually depicted as a baby. That, and local recognition of the first baby of the year, brought me to today’s topic of baby names.
Perhaps you will be helping to name a baby soon, perhaps not. Either way, annually near Mother’s Day, the Social Security Administration provides 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.
How popular is your name? Popular baby names for 2013 and other years are on the Social Security 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. Other information for new parents is there too.
Nationally for 2013, the five most popular male names were Noah, Liam, Jacob, Mason and William. The five most popular female names were Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella and Ava.
Different spellings of similar names are not combined when compiling the popular name lists. For example, the names Caitlin, Caitlyn, Kaitlin, Kaitlyn, Kaitlynn, Katelyn, and Katelynn are considered separate names and each has its own rank.
New parents are encouraged to request a Social Security number (SSN) for their newborn through the hospital as part of the birth registration process.
Very popular, this free and voluntary process, called Enumeration at Birth, allows the state agency that issues birth certificates to send the child’s birth registration information directly to the Social Security Administration. Without any additional paperwork, a SSN is issued to the child and the card mailed to the parents.
If not using Enumeration at Birth, parents must first wait for the newborn’s official birth certificate to be issued before requesting a Social Security number for him or her. Then they must complete a SSN application and show the child’s birth certificate plus their own ID documents to Social Security. It is much easier and faster to do this as part of your child’s birth registration. Learn more at www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10023.pdf.