Baby names & getting a SSN for your newborn

Every year near Mother’s Day, the Social Security Administration posts popular baby names for the prior year based on Social Security number (SSN) card applications.

If you are expecting a New Year’s baby in the family and still need a name, for ideas go to the SSA list of top baby names for 2012. The Items of Interest section at bottom left of the SSA homepage, www.socialsecurity.gov, has a direct link to the baby name page. Along with Social Security information about children, the baby names section links to other items of interest to parents. 

When compiling the annual list, 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.

You can look up the popularity of a name nationally, by individual state or by year of birth and can even see how the popularity of a name has changed over time.

The easiest, recommended and very popular way to get your new baby a Social Security number is through the hospital when you apply for his or her birth certificate. This free and voluntary option, called Enumeration at Birth, lets the state agency that issues birth certificates share your child’s information with the Social Security Administration. Then, without additional paperwork or action from you, a Social Security number card is issued for your child and mailed to you based on the birth certificate information. This convenient method is faster and easier than waiting to apply directly with Social Security. See Social Security Numbers for Children, publication 05-10023, for more information.

Applying for your newborn’s Social Security number (SSN) at the hospital as part of his or her birth registration is definitely the recommended method. However, if you decide not to use Enumeration at Birth, a paper SSN application will need to be submitted to Social Security, in-person or by mail, with a certified, official copy of his or her birth certificate plus proof of your identity. Also free, the application and evidence details are at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.

Warning: if not using Enumeration at Birth through the hospital, make sure you are at the genuine Social Security website and not at a private, for profit site. There is no charge for any Social Security number action. To protect your newborn’s personal ID information, at the genuine www.socialsecurity.gov website you do not enter information online. Instead, you print the application for offline completion. 

SSN changes for an adopted child

Q: Our newly adopted baby son already has a Social Security number (SSN). Can we change his SSN to correct his name and show us as his parents?

A: Yes, at no charge. Learn the documents needed and print the downloadable application at http://socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/.  An easy to follow decision path will show you what documents are needed. Usually you can bring or mail the application with all needed documents to your local office for processing. Once processed, the updated SSN card is mailed to your address.

As a general guideline for any SSN name change, child or adult, documents seen must clearly show the person going from the previous to new name. For example, adoption decrees or marriage certificates often show both the previous and new name. In your case, you must also show the change in parent names. Documents Social Security may accept to prove your child’s legal name and parent changes include the final adoption decree, court order for a name change or amended birth certificate. Separate ID for your son might be needed. Proof of your relationship to your son and ID for you is needed. This might be your driver’s license or U.S. passport. 

Sometimes one document multiple purposes. All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency, not photocopies you made or notarized copies of documents. All documents are returned to you. Once corrected, your child will have the same SSN as before.

 All SSN actions are provided free by Social Security. Protect yourself.  Be sure to access information through the Social Security website at www.socialsecurity.gov. From the homepage, SSN information is in the Numbers & Cards tab.

Popular baby names for each state available

Did you check to see how popular your name is?

Last week the Social Security Administration announced the most popular baby names nationally for 2012. For years after 1879 you can learn the national popularity of a given name by percentage of births or actual number of times used. Go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/.

Today the 100 most popular names by individual state were revealed based on a 100 percent sample of Social Security number card applications. 

While having fun with baby names on www.socialsecurity.gov, consider creating your own my Social Security account to access your personal Social Security Statement and other services.

Shown here are the top ten male and female names nationally, and for North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. For any state, go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/state/index.html

 

 

 

 Smartphone Reminder:

Since early May, when visiting the Social Security Administration website, www.socialsecurity.gov, via smartphone (Android, Blackberry, iPhone, and Windows devices) you are redirected to the agency’s new mobile-friendly site. There you can access a mobile version of Social Security’s Frequently Asked Questions, an interactive Social Security number (SSN) decision tree to help identify documents needed for a new/replacement SSN card, and mobile publications which you can listen to in both English and Spanish.

How popular is your name?

Annually near Mother’s Day, Social Security publishes the most popular baby names in the United States for the previous year. Based on Social Security number applications, learn the popular baby names for 2012 at the SSA website, www.socialsecurity.gov. Follow the baby names link at Popular Services.

Nationally for 2012, the five most popular female names are Sophia, Emma, Isabella, Olivia and Ava with the most popular male names being Jacob, Mason, Ethan, Noah and William. 

Jacob and Sophia are repeat champions as America’s most popular baby names for 2012. This is the fourteenth year in a row Jacob tops the list for boys and the second year for Sophia. When visiting the baby names pages, also learn about Social Security benefits for children. 

Learn the most popular names in each State and see how the popularity of a given name changes over time. Popular names by State for births in 2012 will be available here on May 16. In the meantime, you can view the popular names for previous years.

When visiting the baby names pages, also learn about Social Security benefits for children.

How popular is your name? Go to www.socialsecurity.gov and find out.

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:

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 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.

Social Security numbers for twins

Q: I just had twins. Can I get sequential Social Security numbers to make them easier to remember? 

A: Several decades ago, this was possible, but no longer. Even then, it was not a recommended practice. Technological improvements over time, along with security and protection of personal privacy concerns, have changed the way a Social Security number (SSN) is issued. 

For years, when parents applied directly to Social Security to request a child’s original Social Security number, offices had internal processing steps in place to prevent sequential SSN’s when multiple births were involved. 

Now many new parents use the voluntary Enumeration at Birth (EAB) process to get their newborn(s) a Social Security number. Enumeration at Birth starts while still at the hospital and is very popular across the country. Using it, the state agency that issues birth certificates sends the child’s birth registration information to Social Security. Without any additional paperwork, a Social Security number is randomly issued to the child and the card mailed to the parents. 

Whether automatically issued through the Enumeration at Birth program, or by completing a Social Security number application and providing evidence to a local SSA office, new numbers are issued randomly.  

Once the first three digits had a geographical significance and this is why Social Security numbers issued in the same area started the same way. Since June 2011, new SSN’s are randomly assigned. This practice protects a person’s SSN by making it more difficult to reconstruct using public information. A side benefit is to make the pool of available Social Security numbers last longer. 

Social Security does not charge for SSN activity, whether a new number, changing your name, or replacing a lost card. Instructions and a SSN application are at www.socialsecurity.gov (see http://ssa.gov/ssnumber/).  Make sure you are at the official Social Security website. Look for .gov (government). 

See Social Security Numbers for Children (SSA Publication 05-10023) for more information. 

By the way, the Social Security Administration annually provides a list of the most popular baby names of the previous year near Mother’s Day. Look up popular names by birth year, by state, and by twins.

 

 

Popular baby names by state: ND & MN

The Social Security Administration announced the most popular baby names for each state last Friday. You can find the top 100 names for all states at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/state/index.html.   

The top ten boys and girls names for 2011 in North Dakota were:

The top ten boys and girls names for 2011 in Minnesota were:

Last week the federal government’s top official for baby names, Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced Sophia and Jacob were the most popular baby names in the U.S. How does ND and MN compare to the rest of the country? Check out Social Security’s website — http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/  – to see the top baby names for 2011.

In addition to each state’s top 100 baby names, Social Security’s website has a list of the 1,000 most popular boys’ and girls’ names for 2011 and a list of the top 50 names for twins born in 2011.  The website also offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880. 

All names are from Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States after 1879. Among the data qualifications, note that many people born before 1937 never applied for a Social Security card, so their names are not included in the data. For others who did apply, SSA records may not show the place of birth, and again their names are not included in the data.  

All data are from a 100% sample of records on Social Security card applications as of the end of February 2012. 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. 

To read about this year’s winner for biggest jump in popularity and to see how pop culture affects baby names, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/pressoffice/pr/babynames2011-pr.html.

 

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.

Naming a baby?

 Expecting an end of year or New Year’s baby?  Looking for a name?  Visit the Social Security “popular baby name” section at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/ for names used in 2010 and for any year after 1879.  You can rank the popularity of a name from the top 20 to the top 1000.  You can also sort popular names by decade, state and even see popular names for twins in 2010.   

Popular culture has a large impact on baby names.  Religious names are also popular.  What names from 2010 do you recognize?  What names were popular the year you were born?

Name information comes from applications for Social Security number (SSN) cards making this data easily available.  Largely due to the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which required the SSN of dependent children on Federal income tax returns, today nearly everyone in the United States has a Social Security number.  This was not always so.  Some people born before 1937 never obtained a Social Security number or people might have died before needing a Social Security number.  

Social Security updates the popular baby name lists each Mother’s Day..   Nationally, the top 10 male and female names for  2010 follow.  What were the most popular names for 2010 in your state? 

 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.