Joey McLaughlin

Here are the most popular baby names from last year.

The Social Security Administration released their list of the top baby names in 2012 yesterday.

For boys, the top 10 names are Jacob, Mason, Ethan, Noah, William, Liam, Jayden, Michael, Alexander, and Aiden.

For girls, the top 10 names are Sophia, Emma, Isabella, Olivia, Ava, Emily, Abigail, Mia, Madison, and Elizabeth.

The more INTERESTING names are the ones that haven’t cracked the top 10, but made HUGE jumps between 2011 and 2012.  The fastest rising name for boys is . . . Major.  The SSA thinks it’s from people wanting to pay tribute to the military.  Some of the other big jumps in names for boys are Gael, Jase, Messiah, Brantley, King, Ari, and Maverick. The fastest rising name for girls is Arya . . . the name of Ned Stark’s youngest daughter on “Game of Thrones”, if you’re a fan.  Some of the other big jumps in names for girls are Perla, Catalina, Elisa, Raelyn, Haven, and Marilyn.

(You can check out all of the top names for 2012 and for over a century here.)

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