The list of America’s most popular baby names from 2011, which dropped on Monday, emerged as one of the day’s hot topics.
According to the U.S. Social Security Administration
, Jacob is the most-popular boy’s name for the 13th straight year. Among girls, Sophia took the top spot, unseating Isabella, which was No. 1 for the past two years.
Here’s the top 10 list for girls and boys.
You can see breakdowns by state and year, and the most popular names for twins here
The Associated Press
pointed out the influence of the Bible and … wait for it … reality television on the names. For example, Mason—which is the second most-popular name—is the son of Kourtney Kardashian, one of the sisters on the reality TV show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”
One Twitter user let the world know what he thinks of such occurrences:
The blog Jezebel made a rather provocative suggestion about the way the top girls’ names sound:
“The US Social Security Administration released a list of the most popular baby names from 2011, and each of the top 5 girls' names ends with the letter ‘a.’ You know, like your privates.”
The story continues from there. You can read it here
, if you like.
NPR suggested there’s a partisan divide
among the names, while @ElvisPresleyFans pointed out
pointed out that the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll has made a comeback on the list of most popular names, sort of. It’s No. 904 (out of 1,000). Last year, Elvis fell off the list.
There was some bad news for Tim Tebow, neither his surname nor his Christian name cracked the top 1,000, according to a tweet
from sports reporter Darren Rovell.
Speaking of Christianity, a senior editor at The Atlantic noted
that the Old Testament is exerting more influence on boy’s names than the New. But in the coming years, Jessica Simpson will likely exert more influence than either book of the Bible when Maxwell—the name of her newly born daughter—surges in to the top 10 list.
The Social Security Administration has kept tabs on baby names since 1880, when the most popular boy’s name was John and the most popular girl’s name was Mary.