Jacob, Sophia Most Popular Baby Names In 2011
The Social Security Administration is out with it’s list of the most popular baby names in 2011 and, once again, the list is full of names that would have been considered non-traditional just a couple decades ago:
It’s official — we’re all keeping up with the Kardashians now. Even when it comes to baby names.
The Social Security Administration released its top 1,000 baby name list for 2011 on Monday morning. This is the mother of all baby-name lists, eagerly awaited by name nerds and anxious parents (most of whom are praying that their kids’ names don’t see a sudden jump in popularity).
Mason is the big story of 2011, jumping to No. 2 and bumping Anthony from the top 10 — it’s the only new name to crack the top 10 for either boys or girls. The name has been in the top 100 for a while, but experts credit its sudden surge in popularity to Kourtney Kardashian, who named her son Mason in 2009
There was a time when people selected the names of Saints as names for their children. Now apparently, they select the names of the children of the Kardashian sister.
Anyway here’s the top ten lists:
Let’s do a little comparison to see how this list has changed over time (you can get full historical data at the SSA’s website):
- In the 1960’s, the top boys name was Michael, for girls it was Lisa;
- In the 1970’s, the top boys name was still Michael, for girls it was Jennifer (Lisa had fallen to No. 6)
- In the 1980’s, the top boys name was once again Michael, for girls it was Jessica (Jennifer fell to No. 2, Lisa all the way down to No. 31)
- In the 1990’s, the top boys name was still Michael, and Jessica was at the top of the girl’s list (Jennifer was now at No. 16, Lisa at No. 118)
- In the 2000’s, the top boys name was Jacob (Michael fell to No. 2 after five decades), the top girls name was Emily (Jessica fell to No. 23, Jennifer to No. 39, and Lisa was not even in the top 200)
My name, incidentally, is at No. 513 this year, substantially below its No. 274 ranking just 11 years ago.