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Noah & Sophia: Most Popular Baby Names for 2013

by Katlyn Joy | May 15, 2014 7:18 AM
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Trends in baby names are hard to predict, but in the United States Sophia is going nowhere for now. According to data released by the Social Security Administration, the number one girls' baby name for 2012 tops the list again for 2013. However, for boys, the number one baby name for 2013 was Noah, up from 2012 rank of number 4. Last year's number one boy name, Jacob, fell to the number 3. This ended the 14-year run as most popular boy's name formerly held by Jacob.

In the boys' list, Liam rose from number 6 in 2012 to number 2 in 2013, while Mason dropped from number 2 in 2012 to number 4.

Top 20 Baby Names for Boys

  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Jacob
  4. Mason
  5. William
  6. Ethan
  7. Michael
  8. Alexander
  9. Jayden
  10. Daniel.
  11. Elijah
  12. Aiden
  13. James
  14. Benjamin
  15. Matthew
  16. Jackson
  17. Logan
  18. David
  19. Anthony
  20. Joseph

Top 20 Baby Names for Girls

  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Isabella
  5. Ava
  6. Mia
  7. Emily
  8. Abigail
  9. Madison
  10. Elizabeth
  11. Charlotte
  12. Avery
  13. Sofia
  14. Chloe
  15. Ella
  16. Harper
  17. Amelia
  18. Aubrey
  19. Addison
  20. Evelyn

On the girls' list, Emma stayed put at number two while 2012's numbers 3 and 4 switched places. Ava held steady at number 5.

Name experts cite parents' desire for individuality and the hope that their child will stand out as a criteria for the names chosen. The move to less conservative names for boys is part of this trend, but also is noted to be about choosing softer sounding names for boys, reflecting society's changing perception of masculinity.

People have more sources for choosing names today, opting to copy names they hear in TV shows and movies, reality TV, music and sports. Names have become less Anglo-centric in the US as well, more accurately portraying the melting pot we are in this country.

The 4 million babies who had applications for Social Security cards applied for them in 2013 shows a solid representation of baby names, since we don't rely on parents having to supply the names to a site like with other baby name popularity sites. Social Security is an accurate listing of popular names for baby girls and boys in the US.

Are you interested in any of these names? Look up their meanings, create a favorites list and poll your friends with our baby name tools.


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