Friday, May 10, 2013

Top Baby Names In U.S. For 2012 Revealed



WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Jacob and Sophia are repeat champions as America’s most popular baby names for 2012, according to the Social Security Administration's top baby names for 2012 which was released today.  This is the fourteenth year in a row Jacob tops the list for boys and the second year for Sophia.  There is a new couple in the top 10 this year -- Elizabeth and Liam replace Chloe and Daniel.  Elizabeth has been in the top 10 before, but this is the first time Liam breaks into the top 10.  


The Social Security Administration speculates that Liam’s new found success can be attributed to Liam Neeson’s recent major roles in “Battleship” and the popular “Taken,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and “Clash of the Titans” franchises.



Many pop-culture naming trends appear in a popular feature of Social Security’s baby names website -- the “change in popularity” page.  This year’s winners for biggest jump in popularity in the Top 500 are Major and Arya.       


The fastest riser on the girls’ list may have been influenced by the popular cable TV series “Game of Thrones.”  Arya is the daughter of a leader of one of the Seven Kingdoms.  She also is an expert sword fighter, so doubt her influence on the popular names list at your own risk.    


For the boys, parents may associate Major with the military title.  Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin said, “I have no doubt Major’s rising popularity as a boy’s name is in tribute to the brave members of the U.S. military, and maybe we’ll see more boys named General in the future.”  You also might trace Major’s increase in popularity to a cable TV show.  “Home by Novogratz” is a popular home design show featuring Major Novogratz, the youngest son of designers Robert and Cortney.


The second fastest riser for boys was Gael, and for girls, Perla.  Both names most likely are on the rise due to the increase in the Spanish-speaking population in the United States.  Perla is the Latinized version of Pearl and is popular among Hispanic-Americans.  Gael’s popularity could be tied to Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal.


Social Security started compiling baby name lists in 1997, and the agency’s website offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880.  Social Security is America’s source for most popular baby names because parents supply this information to the agency when applying for a child’s Social Security number at the time of the child’s birth.  



Here are the top 10 boys and girls baby names for 2012 in the U.S.:


Boys:
  1. Jacob
  2. Mason
  3. Ethan
  4. Noah
  5. William
  6. Liam
  7. Jayden
  8. Michael
  9. Alexander
  10. Aiden
Girls:
  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Isabella
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Abigail
  8. Mia
  9. Madison
  10. Elizabeth

Although top baby names by state will not be released by the Social Security Administration until next week, Brevard Times has added below the top baby names for Florida in 2011, followed by popular baby names by decade in the U.S. and for Florida:
                   
UPDATE: Top Baby Names For Florida In 2012
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Popularity for top 100 names in Florida for births in 2011
Rank Male name Number of
males
Female name Number of
females
1 Jayden 1,228 Isabella 1,564
2 Jacob 1,208 Sophia 1,406
3 Daniel 985 Emma 981
4 Noah 977 Olivia 905
5 Michael 975 Emily 830
6 Anthony 972 Mia 788
7 Joshua 950 Ava 766
8 Elijah 934 Madison 699
9 Alexander 930 Abigail 672
10 Mason 923 Chloe 610




Popular Baby Names By Decade In U.S:


Popular names of the 1960s

Males Females
Rank Name Number Name Number
1 Michael 833,390 Lisa 496,957
2 David 734,157 Mary 355,203
3 John 713,623 Susan 287,648
4 James 684,980 Karen 286,034
5 Robert 650,972 Kimberly 259,080
6 Mark 441,536 Patricia 231,114
7 William 421,603 Linda 225,406
8 Richard 373,998 Donna 213,444
9 Thomas 327,219 Michelle 208,255
10 Jeffrey 302,091 Cynthia 196,601

Popular names of the 1970s

Males Females
Rank Name Number Name Number
1 Michael 707,651 Jennifer 581,749
2 Christopher 475,640 Amy 268,998
3 Jason 462,890 Melissa 253,281
4 David 445,907 Michelle 249,121
5 James 444,935 Kimberly 229,104
6 John 402,810 Lisa 228,650
7 Robert 397,420 Angela 225,204
8 Brian 322,844 Heather 203,917
9 William 283,557 Stephanie 160,451
10 Matthew 277,964 Nicole 144,652


Popular names of the 1980s

Males Females
Rank Name Number Name Number
1 Michael 663,396 Jessica 469,395
2 Christopher 554,665 Jennifer 440,793
3 Matthew 458,781 Amanda 369,668
4 Joshua 396,474 Ashley 352,104
5 David 383,481 Sarah 272,502
6 James 356,280 Stephanie 218,092
7 Daniel 345,317 Melissa 217,881
8 Robert 321,526 Nicole 210,425
9 John 320,930 Elizabeth 198,899
10 Joseph 299,302 Heather 191,823


Popular names of the 1990s

Males Females
Rank Name Number Name Number
1 Michael 462,253 Jessica 303,042
2 Christopher 360,162 Ashley 301,769
3 Matthew 351,564 Emily 237,202
4 Joshua 329,064 Sarah 224,152
5 Jacob 298,199 Samantha 223,974
6 Nicholas 275,261 Amanda 190,998
7 Andrew 272,739 Brittany 190,805
8 Daniel 272,026 Elizabeth 172,535
9 Tyler 262,251 Taylor 169,007
10 Joseph 260,540 Megan 160,342


Popular names of the 2000s

Males Females
Rank Name Number Name Number
1 Jacob 273,523 Emily 223,539
2 Michael 250,256 Madison 193,018
3 Joshua 231,674 Emma 181,098
4 Matthew 221,322 Olivia 155,892
5 Daniel 203,469 Hannah 155,558
6 Christopher 203,073 Abigail 150,775
7 Andrew 202,263 Isabella 149,354
8 Ethan 201,641 Samantha 134,173
9 Joseph 194,453 Elizabeth 133,209
10 William 194,134 Ashley 132,950



Popular Baby Names By Decade In Florida:





Popularity for top 100 names in Florida for births in 1960
Rank Male name Number of
males
Female name Number of
females
1 James 2,353 Mary 1,200
2 Michael 2,113 Donna 1,081
3 Robert 2,067 Linda 1,053
4 David 2,044 Cynthia 944
5 John 1,900 Susan 874
6 William 1,522 Patricia 872
7 Mark 1,241 Lisa 822
8 Richard 1,155 Karen 821
9 Charles 1,030 Debra 768
10 Kenneth 879 Sandra 753





Popularity for top 100 names in Florida for births in 1970
Rank Male name Number of
males
Female name Number of
females
1 Michael 2,524 Jennifer 1,263
2 James 2,190 Kimberly 1,247
3 Robert 1,924 Lisa 1,080
4 John 1,863 Michelle 1,059
5 David 1,859 Angela 813
6 William 1,425 Melissa 732
7 Christopher 1,255 Tammy 691
8 Richard 948 Mary 577
9 Charles 887 Tracy 565
10 Joseph 796 Stephanie 520


Popularity for top 100 names in Florida for births in 1980
Rank Male name Number of
males
Female name Number of
females
1 Michael 2,481 Jennifer 2,243
2 Christopher 1,996 Amanda 1,261
3 James 1,731 Jessica 1,242
4 Jason 1,658 Melissa 1,199
5 David 1,537 Kimberly 793
6 Robert 1,527 Christina 780
7 John 1,402 Heather 741
8 Joseph 1,132 Michelle 739
9 William 1,060 Tiffany 727
10 Joshua 1,052 Nicole 653


Popularity for top 100 names in Florida for births in 1990
Rank Male name Number of
males
Female name Number of
females
1 Michael 3,491 Ashley 2,373
2 Christopher 2,930 Jessica 2,289
3 Joshua 2,207 Brittany 2,101
4 Matthew 1,927 Amanda 1,729
5 James 1,641 Stephanie 1,314
6 David 1,621 Samantha 1,185
7 Daniel 1,614 Sarah 1,111
8 Robert 1,581 Jennifer 1,107
9 Justin 1,419 Lauren 964
10 John 1,397 Nicole 909


Popularity for top 100 names in Florida for births in 2000
Rank Male name Number of
males
Female name Number of
females
1 Michael 1,829 Emily 1,205
2 Joshua 1,590 Ashley 1,022
3 Christopher 1,462 Hannah 1,016
4 Matthew 1,352 Samantha 954
5 Jacob 1,338 Sarah 920
6 Nicholas 1,275 Alexis 886
7 Daniel 1,251 Madison 864
8 Brandon 1,129 Taylor 856
9 Tyler 1,118 Kayla 812
10 Anthony 1,109 Brianna 809