Ever wondered what are the most popular baby names in the United States? Well, each year some want that answer. It seems that Sophia and Jacob are the Top Baby Names in 2012.
Maybe for some of you it’s not important to make sure your kid is going to have a popular name. There are many reasons behind such a decision, but given the annual rankings of baby names celebrity, familiarity and even political affiliation outweigh originality. The database goes back to 1880 and it’s quite a work of groupthink display over the years.
The annual rankings of baby names give a lot more insight than the most popular names each year. It is a graphic that shows the factors that can influence our most personal decisions. Something as private as naming a baby is a decision based on lot more influences that what is thought initially. The way the top baby names have shifted over the years is the most obvious proof.
For instance, this year Sophia is at the top baby names list, followed by Isabella, Emma and Olivia. Number 5 and 6 are Ava and Emily, with Abigail, Madison and Mia closing the top 10. Over the past two years, Isabella was the lead. Emma, now number 3 was back in 1996 number 53. In 2008, this name went for the first place.
Taking a look at the past decades, the changes are even more obvious. Jennifer remained the most popular baby name for 14 years, from 1970 to 1984, but in the 2012 annual rankings of baby names it dropped to 134.
Jessica too is a name with quite a history. From 1981 to 1997, Jessica was the name ranking 1 or 2 in the list, but in 2001 it dropped at number 11. Ten years later, Jessica was number 120.
With boy names, things are a little bit more consistent. Jacob remained the most popular baby boy name for a 13th year in a row. Next positions feature Mason, William, Jayden and Noah. Michael is now at number 6, its worst ever position since 1948.