Jacob and Sophia Top Baby Names List

May 20, 2013 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Jacob and Sophia are repeat champions as America’s most popular baby names for 2012.

This is the fourteenth year in a row Jacob tops the list for boys and the second year for Sophia.  There is a new couple in the top 10 this year–Elizabeth and Liam replace Chloe and Daniel. Elizabeth has been here before, but this is the first time Liam breaks into the top 10.   

Many pop-culture naming trends appear in a popular feature of Social Security’s baby names website–the “change in popularity” page. This year’s winners for biggest jump in popularity in the Top 500 are Major and Arya.                                             .   

The fastest riser on the girls’ list may have been influenced by the popular cable TV series “Game of Thrones.” Arya is the daughter of a leader of one of the Seven Kingdoms.    

For the boys, parents may associate Major with the military title. Social Security Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin said, “I have no doubt Major’s rising popularity as a boy’s name is in tribute to the brave members of the U.S. military, and maybe we’ll see more boys named General in the future.”    

The second fastest riser for boys was Gael, and for girls, Perla. Both names most likely are on the rise due to the increase in the Spanish-speaking population in the United States. Perla is the Latinized version of Pearl and is popular among Hispanic-Americans. Gael’s popularity could be tied to Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal.  

You can find the Top 10 male and female baby names of 2012, as well as other fun information, at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/.