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December 31, 2013

Anglo names top list of baby names statewide

Jacob, Sophia lead the national list for most-common monikers

— Michael and Mary remain the most common baby names in the past 100 years, but Jacob and Sophia top the most recent list from the Social Security Administration.

Each year the SSA releases the 100 most common baby names from the previous year based on Social Security cardholders. For 2012, Jacob and Sophia were the most frequently chosen names in the U.S., according to the administration’s database.

Mason, Ethan, Noah, William, Liam, Jayden, Michael, Alexander and Aiden ranked among the nation’s top 10 boys names, with Emma, Isabella, Olivia, Ava, Emily, Abigail, Mia, Madison and Elizabeth rounding out the girls’ top 10.

State name game

In Alabama, William and Emma graced the No. 1 spots in 2012, followed by James, Mason, John, Jacob, Elijah, Aiden, Michael, Jayden and Noah and Ava, Olivia, Isabella, Madison, Abigail, Elizabeth, Ella, Chloe and Harper.

Perhaps influenced by the state’s current governor, Bentley appeared as the 28th most popular male name and was joined by names such as Kayden at No. 59, Jace at No. 69 and Zayden at No. 95.

Sharing the same names as popular female characters from literature, Bella rang in at No. 66 and Scarlett at No. 100. One name spelled three different ways also finished among the top 100 girls’ names, with Riley at No. 51, Ryleigh at No. 53 and Rylee at No. 99.

Names on the rise

According to The Huffington Post, the most popular unisex names for 2013 are Rowan, Quinn, Kai, Sawyer and Charlie.

The website, based on popularity lists from Nameberry, lists Imogen, Charlotte, Harper, Isla and Amelia as the leading names for girls and Asher, Declan, Finn, Atticus and Oliver for boys.

The fastest-rising names on Newberry’s top 100 are Elodie, Maisie and Evangeline for females and Aiden, Kieran, Bodhi and George for males.

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