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Here Are the Most Popular Names in Kindergarten This Year

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Have a kid who just started kindergarten this year (sniff, sniff)? If you want to find out if your little one will be constantly using their last name to distinguish themselves from other classmates with the same name or stand alone in the crowd, it's easy!

Most kids entering kindergarten this year were born in either 2010 or 2011, and the top boy and girl names for both years were the exact same: Jacob (hello, "Twilight" franchise) and Sophia. This means a sea of busy-tailed Jacobs and eager-to-learn Sophias will be hitting kindergarten classrooms this year—about 2,000 in every state!

Other popular names you can expect to see on classroom lists include Mason, William, Jayden and Noah on the boy side, and Isabella, Emma, Olivia and Ava for the girls.

Kindergarten teachers should also expect to see more and more students with names that were previously not unisex but are currently trending. So teachers can expect more girls named Charlie, Finley and Riley, and boys named Emerson or Addison.

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Here's a full list of the top 10 names from the Social Security Administration database from 2011:


  • Sophia
  • Isabella
  • Emma
  • Olivia
  • Ava
  • Emily
  • Abigail
  • Madison
  • Mia
  • Chloe


  • Jacob
  • Mason
  • William
  • Jayden
  • Noah
  • Michael
  • Ethan
  • Alexander
  • Aiden
  • Daniel

Baby-naming site Nameberry also warns teachers about an influx of students with "K" names, which was apparently a super-hot trend back in 2011 when the Kardashians were at the peak of the pop-culture apex.

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