2012 Most Popular Baby Names: Jacob and Sophia top the list

most-popular-baby-names-2012.jpgThe Social Security Administration has compiled the baby name data from 2012 and released the statistics for the most popular names. For the second year in a row, Sophia is the top female baby name and for the 14th year in a row, Jacob is the top male name.

There was not much change in the Top 10. On the female side, Elizabeth hopped in at No. 10, usurping Chloe, while on the male side, Daniel dropped out in favor of Liam, which went from No. 15 in 2011 to No. 6 in 2012.

Looking to the Top 20, Grace and Samantha dropped out on the girls' side in favor of Zoey and Sofia, while on the boys' side, Logan dropped out in favor of Joseph.

Notably jumping up the list is Harper (on the girls' side), which went from No. 54 in 2011 to No. 24 in 2012 -- thanks David and Victoria Beckham.

The Top 20 baby names of 2012:

1     Jacob         Sophia
2     Mason         Emma
3     Ethan         Isabella
4     Noah         Olivia
5     William     Ava
6     Liam         Emily
7     Jayden         Abigail
8     Michael     Mia
9     Alexander     Madison
10     Aiden         Elizabeth
11     Daniel         Chloe
12     Matthew     Ella
13     Elijah         Avery
14     James         Addison
15     Anthony     Aubrey
16     Benjamin     Lily
17     Joshua         Natalie
18     Andrew         Sofia
19     David         Charlotte
20     Joseph         Zoey
Photo/Video credit: SSA