The most popular baby names of 2012

The Social Security Administration has released the most popular baby names of 2012 and at the top of the list are Jacob and Sophia. Ten years ago it was (also) Jacob and Emily, 20 years ago it was Michael and Ashley, and 50 years ago it was Michael and Lisa. A century ago John and Mary topped the list.

When my daughter was born, we brought the laptop to the hospital and entered our favorite names into the SSA website to make sure we weren't picking one that was over-the-top common. Little did we know that a certain someone's popular speech at the 2004 Democratic convention about there not being blue states and red states but just United States would propel the name Sasha to a much more prominent place. But so far it's been OK; sadly, we don't exactly run in their same circles. 

To see other popular baby names of 2012, click here.

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