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Most Popular Baby Names in the U.S. for 2013

Noah and Sophia are America’s most popular baby names for 2013. First time atop the list is Noah, the first new boys name at number one since 1960 other than Jacob or Michael, and the third straight year for Sophia. 

There is only one new name in the top 10 this year—Daniel, but he has been there before. Also, be on the lookout for another Sophia crawling up the list—Sofia with an “f” has reached her highest spot ever at number 13.

Here are the top 20 boys and girls names for 2013 in the U.S.:
Rank Male name Female name
1 Noah Sophia
2 Liam Emma
3 Jacob Olivia
4 Mason Isabella
5 William Ava
6 Ethan Mia
7 Michael Emily
8 Alexander Abigail
9 Jayden Madison
10 Daniel Elizabeth
11 Elijah Charlotte
12 Aiden Avery
13 James Sofia
14 Benjamin Chloe
15 Matthew Ella
16 Jackson Harper
17 Logan Amelia
18 David Aubrey
19 Anthony Addison
20 Joseph Evelyn

The Social Security Administration speculates that Jayceon gained popularity for boys as it is the birth name of VH1’s cable reality series “Marrying The Game” star and award-winning rapper The Game.   On the girls’ side, Daleyza, may have been influenced by a popular Spanish-language cable TV series, “Larrymania,” which airs on mun2.  Daleyza is the young daughter of Larry Hernandez, an American regional Mexican singer and reality TV star.  The name increased in popularity by more than 3,000 spots.

Social Security started compiling baby name lists in 1997, and the agency’s website offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880.  Social Security is America’s source for most popular baby names because parents supply this information to the agency when applying for a child’s Social Security number at the time of the child’s birth.

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