Wondering What The Most Popular Baby Names Were of 2011?

May 14, 2012  |  

by Marissa Ellis

Here’s a hint: the most popular girl’s name isn’t Jessica! It’s not even close actually.

The Social Security Administration today announced the most popular names for babies born in 2011. The findings are quite interesting. Along with the list, the SSA also hypothesizes as to how celebrities have influenced the list of baby names. Although Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy was born too late (at the start of 2012) to influence the list, we’re sure we’ll see some influence by the next round.

The name Mason came in second for most popular boy’s names. It first cracked the top ten in 2010, and the SSA thanks the Kardashians, and Kourtney Kardashian’s son Mason especially, for the big bump in popularity.

Although the names included in the top ten list for girls all seem nice and simple, it’s interesting to see that Jennifer and Jessica are missing from the top ten, indicating a strong cultural shift in names.

As for the boy’s names, it’s surprising to see Jayden in the top five – a name that immediately conjures up an image of Will Smith’s son (who spells it Jaden) and African-American boys. Despite my own associations, the #4 most popular boys name not only ranks high amongst Hispanic and African-American babies but also Asian-American boys, although it ranks very low amongst white babies. The New York Times  noted that the rise in popularity of Jayden is associated with the fact that Britney Spears named her son Jayden in 2006. Very interesting indeed…


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