The Ten Most Popular Baby Names for 2012
The Social Security Administration released their list of the top baby names in 2012 yesterday.
Sophia and Jacob were the most popular names in 2012 . . . just like they were in 2011. And Jacob has been the number one name for boys since 1999 . . . that's FOURTEEN YEARS.
For boys, the top 10 names are Jacob, Mason, Ethan, Noah, William, Liam, Jayden, Michael, Alexander, and Aiden.
For girls, the top 10 names are Sophia, Emma, Isabella, Olivia, Ava, Emily, Abigail, Mia, Madison, and Elizabeth.
The more interesting names are the ones that haven't cracked the top 10, but made huge jumps between 2011 and 2012.
The fastest rising name for boys is . . . Major. The SSA thinks it's from people wanting to pay tribute to the military. Some of the other big jumps in names for boys are Gael, Jase, Messiah, Brantley, King, Ari, and Maverick.
The fastest rising name for girls is Arya . . . the name of Ned Stark's youngest daughter on "Game of Thrones", if you're a fan. Some of the other big jumps in names for girls are Perla, Catalina, Elisa, Raelyn, Haven, and Marilyn.