The Most Popular Baby Names In The United States ~ Official List

It’s out! The U.S. Social Security Administration released their Most Popular Baby Names List last week and Jacob and Sophia rank #1 on the list for yet another year. Chloe and Daniel have dropped out of the top ten with Elizabeth and Liam replacing them. Elizabeth has made the list in the past however, this is the first time Liam has broken into the top 10.

Social Security began compiling their list of baby names back in 1997 and now offers lists of names for each and every year since 1880. It is currently America’s most popular source for baby names.

I am quite curious as to how many parents use this list as a guide to name their own children, or as one to steer clear from. When it comes to baby names, is unique best or does popularity rank rule?

  • The List!

    The List!

    Click through for the official list of the top 10 baby names for boys and the top 10 baby names for girls.

  • Jacob


    Jacob tops the list for the fourteenth year in a row!

  • Sophia


    This is the second year that the name Sophia has been in the number one spot for girls.

  • Mason


    The origin of the name Mason is English and we’ve definitely watched the names rise in popularity over the past few years. It ranks #2 for 2012.

  • Emma


    Emma has remained one of the top 5 names for girls since 2003. This year it hits the number 2 spot.

  • Ethan


    Ethan comes in at number three for boys.

  • Isabella


    Isabella is currently the third most popular name for girls.

  • Noah


    Noah makes the fourth spot for boys this year.

  • Olivia


    I came *this* close to naming one of my girls Olivia as I’ve always adored the name. It is #4 on the list of most popular baby names for girls.

  • William


    William has remained one of the most popular baby names for two hundred years now. According to The Baby Name WIzard it peaked in popularity back in 1880. It takes the fifth spot for 2012.

  • Ava


    Ava has held the fifth spot in most popular names for girls since 2008.

  • Liam


    Liam was in the top 20 list last year, but has risen in popularity, making it into the 6th spot.

  • Emily


    Emily was the number one girl’s name back in 2007. It fell to the third spot in 2008 and has remained in the sixth spot since 2009.

  • Jayden


    Jayden ranks #7 for boys for 2012. It was also the most popular name for boys in the state of Florida for 2011, the second most popular name in Louisiana and Texas and the third most popular name in New York and California.

  • Abigail


    Abigail comes in at #7 for girls.

  • Michael


    Michael has actually fallen in popularity if you compare it to previous years. It held the #2 spot from 2000 to 2009 where it dropped to third. It then dropped to sixth in 2011 and has since taken the eighth spot in popularity.

  • Mia


    Mia used to be 93rd on the list of names for girls back in 2000, but has risen progressively since then. It is ranked #8 for 2012 as the most popular name for girls.

  • Alexander


    It’s dropped one spot since 2011, but still makes the top 10 list this year. Coming in at #9 for boys for 2012.

  • Madison


    Madison dropped from eighth place to ninth, but still makes Social Security’s most popular list for 2012.

  • Aiden


    Aiden has been one of the top ten names for boys for the past three years. It dropped one spot from #9 to #10 for 2012.

  • Elizabeth


    Elizabeth has made its way in and out of the top ten list for the past 12 years, bouncing back and forth from 9th to 12th. It ranks #10 for 2012.

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