The most popular baby names often change a bit year to year, but not Jacob, which in 2011 marked its 13th year as the most popular name for boys, according the Social Security Administration’s tally for 2011, out Monday.
Sophia is the new No. 1 name for girls, moving the most popular girls’ name for the past two years — Isabella — to second-best. Mason was No. 2 on the boys’ list. The federal agency notes that although Mason has been a relatively popular name since the 1990s, it had never reached the top 25 names until 2010. That’s when it hit No. 12, suggesting the rise may be due to reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian’s son, Mason.
Recent baby name trends reflect influences of celebrities, pop culture and society, notes Pamela Redmond Satran, who has followed baby names for decades. In 1988, she co-authored the first of 10 baby-name books. She also co-founded the baby-name website Nameberry.com.
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