The most popular baby names of 2013 revealed

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WASHINGTON — Michael and Jacob, your reign has ended.

In 2013, for the first time since 1960, a new name unseated Michael or Jacob as the most popular for newborn boys. That’s according to the Social Security Administration, which releases the list of most popular baby names each year.

The new king’s name? Noah.

Sophia held the top spot for girls for the third year in a row, though Sofia with an “f” is crawling up the list: The latter reached its highest spot ever, at No. 13, the Social Security Administration said.

The names tend to reflect pop culture’s influence on naming trends. The names Jayceon and Daleyza made the biggest jumps in popularity in the top 1,000. Jayceon rose from 1,051 to 206 from 2012 to 2013, while Daleyza jumped from 3,715 to 585.

The fastest riser for boys, Jayceon, is the birth name of the rapper know as The Game. He has a reality series on VH1, “Marrying The Game,” which follows his life as a rapper and father of three. The show premiered in late 2012 and started having an effect on naming trends in 2013, the agency said.

Daleyza’s rise might have resulted from the influence of a popular Spanish-language cable TV series, “Larrymania,” which airs on mun2, the agency says. In the show, Daleyza is the young daughter of Larry Hernandez, an American regional Mexican singer and reality TV star.

Rounding out the Top 10 names for boys were Liam, Jacob, Mason, William, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, Jayden and Daniel. The top names for girls were Emma, Olivia, Isabella, Ava, Mia, Emiliy, Abigail, Madison and Elizabeth.

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  • Lyz

    I beg to differ about the individuality. The top 10 names hold a MUCH smaller share of the total named babies in 2013 than in say, 1950.

  • middleman

    There are so many wonderful traditional names. These days if you want to be an individual, use one of them.

  • Jana hamann

    Well people can pronounce apple and peaches and puma and pilot and banjo but are these names u want for your kids? Yes I have heard a list of names famous people name their kids and these names were on it. Just because u can pronounce the name doesn’t mean it’s a good one or a nor al one. I wouldn’t name my kids any of these names or should I say words. I prefer names that are more normal but not as common like for girls Eden Isabella Marilyn. Or for boys Austin Ryan.

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