What's in a Name?

May 18, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Parents frequently want their child's name to be special, if not distinctive (that's what my mother claims, anyway) - but, let's face it - some names are more common than others.

According to more than 4.2 million Social Security card applications for children born last year, mothers and fathers have picked Emily and Jacob as the most popular baby names – for the eighth year in a row!

In fact, Emily has been the most popular female name each year since 1996, and Jacob has been the top male name since 1999. Sophia is new to the top ten for the first time and William returns after a one year absence. Elvis lives on at number 761!

This year, in addition to a list of the 1,000 most popular baby names for 2006, there is a list of the most popular baby names for each state, as well as a list of the top 100 names for twins born in 2006 (Jacob and Joshua are again the most popular twin’s names). You can even find out where a name ranked in the top 1,000 going back as far as 1880.

You can tap into all this good information at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/

RankMale nameFemale name