A new boy's name arcs to the top of list of most popular baby names


Just in time for Mother's Day, the list of most popular names for babies has been released, and Noah and Sophia claimed the top spots.

USA Today reports that the national list, compiled by the Social Security Administration, has data from about 4 million babies born in 2013. It is considered the most complete ranking of baby names because all U.S. parents must supply name information when they apply for their child's Social Security number.

On the pink side of the ledger, Sophia remained at the top for the third year in a row, with Emma and Olivia ranking second and third. But there was a big shakeup on the blue side, where Noah ended Jacob's 14-year reign as the top baby name. Jacob slipped to third, with Liam coming in second.

The Social Security website notes that most popular names by state will be available in mid-May. In the most recent data available from 2012, the top three names for baby girls born in Minnesota were Emma, Olivia and Sophia. The most popular name for boys was Mason, followed by William and Ethan.

Parents-to-be have a variety of sites they can check to analyze how a name under consideration is trending. The Nameberry website gives prospective parents a peek at international trends. (For example, the most popular names in Sweden are Alice, Maja and Elsa, while the top three names for boys there are Lucas, William and Oscar.) The BabyCenter website offers a name analysis feature that lets you know how a name is trending so far in 2014. It shows that "Katniss," (the heroine's name in "The Hunger Games" books and movies) ranked at 199 in naming frequency so far this year. It was 426 in 2011.

Here is the national list of the top 10 names for 2013, as compiled by the Social Security Administration:

1. Noah
2. Liam
3. Jacob
4. Mason
5. William
6. Ethan
7. Michael
8. Alexander
9. Jayden
10. Daniel

1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Isabella
5. Ava
6. Mia
7. Emily
8. Abigail
9. Madison
10. Elizabeth

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