Jacob and Sophia top list of 2012 baby names


Could this baby be a Major? Jacob and Sophia are the most popular baby names, but Major is quickly becoming a popular choice for boys. (Bigstock photo /Photo illustration by The Washington Post)

If your name is Jacob, you’re in good company. Jacob is the most popular name for boys — again — and Sophia is the top name for girls, according to the Social Security Administration, the government agency that keeps track of baby names.

It was Jacob’s 14th straight year at the top, the agency reported last week. Next were Mason, Ethan, Noah and William.

It was Sophia’s second year in a row at the top for girls. Next were Emma, Isabella, Olivia and Ava.

The fastest-growing names for boys were unusual: King, Messiah and Major.

“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,” said Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin.

The Social Security Administration’s Web site lists the top 1,000 baby names for each year, dating to 1880. The top baby names that year were John and Mary.

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