Jacob and Sophia were Maryland's most popular baby names in 2010

Elvis fell off the charts nationally last year, Social Security says

May 16, 2011|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

Jacob for boys and Sophia for girls were the most popular baby names for Maryland newborns last year, the Social Security Administration reported, with Jacob rocketing up from No. 7 and Sophia from No. 6 the previous year.

Nationally, the names Jacob and Isabella were "king and queen of the crib for another year," according to the federal agency, which released 2010's most popular baby names Monday. Sophia was ranked No. 2 nationwide. Isabella was No. 4 among Maryland newborns.

Nationally, Maci — name of a prominently featured mother in "Teen Mom" — and Kellan, the name of the actor who portrays Emmett Cullen in the "Twilight" series — has the biggest jumps in popularity nationwide. Neither made the Top 100 in Maryland.

For the first time since 1954, Elvis fell off the Top 1,000 charts this year. A trend in the past few years points to a return to giving girls names that were popular in the early to mid-1900s, such as Isabella and Ava, suggesting they're being named for their grandmothers. The Social Security Administration started compiling baby name lists in 1997.

For a complete list of the names, check out this photo gallery.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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