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Friday
May102013

Major, Arya Show Biggest Jump in Popular Baby Names

Siri Stafford/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you think your adorable baby son is so major he should be called just that, Major, then consider yourself a trendsetter.

The name Major for boys, along with Arya for girls, showed the biggest jumps in popularity in the Top 1,000 names for babies according to the Social Security Administration's just-released list of 2012's most popular baby names.

"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," Carolyn Colvin, acting Social Security commissioner, said in a statement. "Maybe we'll see more boys named General in the future."

Until then, we're seeing a lot of Jacob's and Sophia's, the two names that topped the popular names list. The win was the second year in a row for Sophia, and the fourteenth year in a row for Jacob.

As usual, the top 10 names on the list contain a little bit of pop culture. Mason, number 2, is the name of Kourtney Kardashian's son and Liam, number 6, is the name of Tori Spelling's son. But this year there's also a bit of tradition. Elizabeth, a departure from the trend towards unique names for kids, is back on the list, knocking out Chloe for the number 10 spot.

The list of the 500 most popular names, compiled from Social Security card applications for births in the 50 states and District of Columbia, includes a nod towards America's changing demographics.

After Major, the second fastest-rising name for boys was Gael, the name of famous Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal. For girls, the second fastest-rising name was Perla, the Latinized version of Pearl. The Social Security agency attributed their rises in the U.S. to their popularity among Hispanic-Americans, the country's second-largest population group.

Just barely making it onto the list, coming in at 1,000, were the names Dangelo, for a boy, and Katalina, for a girl.

Here are the top 10 names for each sex:

Boys' Names:
Jacob
Mason
Ethan
Noah
William
Liam
Jayden
Michael
Alexander
Aiden

Girls' Names:
Sophia
Emma
Isabella
Olivia
Ava
Emily
Abigail
Mia
Madison
Elizabeth

Click Here for the full list of 2012's most popular girls and boys names from Social Security.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
May052011

Top Baby Names: Elvis Drops Off, Jacob and Isabella Remain At Top

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Jacob and Isabella remained at the top of the list of the 1,000 most popular baby names in 2010, while Elvis dropped off for the first time since 1955, according to the Social Security Administration.

The name Jacob first topped the list 12 years ago and has remained there ever since. Nearly 22,000 boys were named Jacob last year, followed by Ethan, Michael, Jayden and William.

Meanwhile, almost 23,000 baby girls kept Isabella at the top slot last year. It is currently being followed by Sophia, Emma, Olivia and Ava.

Baby-naming experts said Americans have conflicting views towards baby names. Many gravitate toward ones that are more popular, suggesting that they want their child to fit in with their peers, but they also look for names that are unique to differentiate them with their classmates.

While many have turned to the Bible for inspiration, parents are increasingly looking to television, and more markedly reality programs, to name their kids. The fastest rising baby names this year, Maci for girls and Bentley for boys, came from the mother-son duo from the popular shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom.

Baby names are getting more diverse, according to Laura Wattenburg, author of The Baby Name Wizard. Thirty years ago one third of all babies had names that are on the top 20 of the list. Last year, only 14 percent of babies born had names in the top spots.

The Social Security Administration began providing a list of the top names in 1880, when the top names were John and Mary. The list includes the most popular names in each state and typically draws millions of visitors to the site.

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