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SSA Most Popular Names of 2013

The results are in!

The Social Security Administration has released the most popular U.S. baby name data for 2013.

So what names made the top 10?

Rank Girls Boys
1 Sophia Noah
2 Emma Liam
3 Olivia Jacob
4 Isabella Mason
5 Ava William
6 Mia Ethan
7 Emily Michael
8 Abigail Alexander
9 Madison Jayden
10 Elizabeth Daniel
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Within the top 10 most popular girls names, the same names that made up the top ten 2012 list held on to a top ten spot in 2013.

Sophia held on to first place for the third year in a row and Emma held on to second. Isabella and Olivia swapped places with Olivia moving up to third place and Isabella moving down to fourth. Ava held on to fifth place, Mia moved up to sixth place from eigth, and Emily moved down from sixth place to seventh. Abigail moved down a notch from seventh to eighth place and Madison and Elizabeth held on to ninth and tenth places respectively.

For the top 10 most popular boys names, the same names that made up the top ten 2012 list held on to a top ten spot in 2013 with the exception of Aiden which fell from tenth to twelfth and Daniel which moved up from eleventh to tenth.

Noah soared to first place from fourth and Liam soared from sixth place to second. Jacob and Mason moved from first and second place to third and fourth place respectively. William held on to fifth place and Ethan moved from third to sixth place. Alexander and Jayden swapped places with Alexander moving up to eigth place and Jayden moving down to ninth. Daniel moved up to tenth place from eleventh to round out the top ten.

Within the top 100 most popular girls names, the names that showed the greatest increase in ranking from 2012 to 2013 included Penelope, Sadie, Aria, Mila and Nora. For the top 100 most popular boys names it was Jase, Camden, Lincoln Oliver and Jaxon.

The greatest decrease was for the girls names Makayla, Kayla, Sophie, Khloe and Sydney. For the boys it was Brandon, Tyler, Justin, Angel and Brayden.

Within the top 1000 most popular girls names, the names that showed the greatest increase in ranking from 2012 to 2013 included Daleyza, Marjorie, Lennon, Jurnee and Everleigh. For the top 1000 most popular boys names it was Jayceon, Milan, Atlas, Jayse and Duke.

The greatest decrease was for the girls names Kenia, Perla, Ryann, Jayde and Kayden. For the boys it was Bently, Osvaldo, Brendon, Teagan, Giovanny.

For all names provided, the girls names that showed the greatest increase in ranking included Rebel, Saddie, Ayse, Perpetua and Nyela. For the boys it was Kimi, Kayceon, Millan, Eivin and Jaiceon.

To see more details about the changes in name popularity from 2012 to 2013, visit our 2013 Popular Names page and select the Order that interests you on the Search Form.


The data is based on applications for Social Security cards and represents 100% of all records through the end of February 2014.

The Administration keeps records dating back to 1880, but it should be noted that many people born prior to 1937 never applied for a Social Security card, so their names are not included in the data.

The Social Security Administration provides data for all names that have at least 5 occurrences within a gender.

We provide the top 1000 names for each year including rank, number of occurrences, percentage of occurrences and change in rank and number of occurrences from the previous year.

Check out this year's data on our 2013 Most Popular Baby Names page.

For each name for which the administration provides information, we provide popularity data from 1880 until the most recent year in both chart and table formats. You can also compare the popularity of two names.