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Most Popular Baby Names of 2011

If you have a daughter named Sophia, chances are you'll hear a lot of people saying her name soon. The most popular baby names of 2011 were released by the Social Security Administration today, and Sophia, which means "wisdom" in the Greek language, has snagged the top spot for most popular baby name for girls in the United States.

Sophia, which first entered the Top 100 chart in 1997, knocked Isabella from the No. 1 spot (which it held for two years) down to No. 2. On the boy's side, Jacob retained the No. 1 title for the 13th straight year, while newcomer Mason replaced Michael in the top five for the first time in 63 years. Mason, the name of Kourtney Kardashian's son, is a reflection of celebrity influence on baby names. Other celebrity baby names making the 2011 list include Harper, the name of David and Victoria Beckham's daughter, and Briella (as in Briella Calafiore from the reality show Jerseylicious), which was the fastest rising girl name on the list.

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The Top 100 list of most popular baby names for girls and boys is released by the Social Security Administration every year. The organization has been documenting social security card applications for births dating back to 1880, and allows you to search their database for the most popular names from 1880 until today (in case you're wondering, the most popular names that year were John and Mary).

Here is the Top 10 list for 2011. To view the entire database, click here.


1. Sophia

2. Isabella

3. Emma

4. Olivia

5. Ava

6. Emily

7. Abigail

8. Madison

9. Mia

10. Chloe


1. Jacob

2. Mason

3. William

4. Jayden

5. Noah

6. Michael

7. Ethan

8. Alexander

9. Aiden

10. Daniel

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