Wednesday, May 16, 2012
POPULAR NAMES FOR HUMAN BABIES IN 2011
The Social Security Administration just announced what the most popular baby names were in 2011. There were a few surprises, and a few not-surprises. First of all, one surprise was that Isabella isn't the most popular girl's name anymore. It got beat out by Sophia, and Isabella is now in 2nd place.
In the boys' name list, Jacob is still number 1, but suddenly the name Mason has leaped into 2nd place. In order to get to 2nd place, Mason had to jump 10 spots, and it knocked Michael out of the top 5 for the first time in 63 years! The reason why Mason probably got so popular all of a sudden is because Kourtney Kardashian, who is some famous reality TV person that Mom and I never watch, had a baby and she named him Mason.
But anyway, here's a list of all 20 most popular names for girls in 2011:
And here are the 20 most popular names for boys:
I also looked up my mom's name, Eva, which was #81 in 2011. This is up from #91 in 2010 and #99 in 2009. Eva ranked its lowest in 1993, when it was #349, but by 2000 it was still only up to #294. The most popular rank ever for Eva was in 1889, when it was #31. In 1912, when the Titanic sank, the name Eva was ranked #49, which is still more popular than it was last year.
And speaking of 1912, I found out what the the top five names for boys and girls were that year. For boys, they were John, William, James, Robert, and Joseph. And for girls, the names were Mary, Helen, Dorothy, Margaret, and Ruth.
So anyway, if you are having a baby, and you want him or her to have the same name as several other kids in the class, you can pick one of these popular names. But if you want your baby to have a name that is a little more different, you will have to look further down the list, or else make up a name that's totally new!