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Top baby names of 2011

The Social Security Administration announced the top baby

The Social Security Administration announced the top baby names of 2011, with Sophia and Jacob taking the prize for most popular male and female names. Credit: Fotolia

Sophia and Jacob top the new list of the most popular baby names in 2011. Rounding out the top five for girls according to the list released today by the Social Security Administration: Isabella (which had been the top girl's name for two years), Emma, Olivia and Ava. Along with Jacob, the top five for boy's names: Mason, William, Jayden and Noah.

According to the news release, Mason, a relatively popular name since the 1990s, had never cracked the top 25 until 2010, when it hit No. 12. Some may attribute this year's rise to number two to reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian's son. What I found interesting is Mason moving up the rank's knocked Michael out of the top five for the first time in 63 years!

Pop-culture naming trends seem to be on the rise as well. The Social Security's “Change in Name Popularity” page revealed the biggest jump into the Top 500 names are Brantley, could be due to John Brantley, the quarterback for the University of Florida, or Brantley Gilbert, the country singer, and Briella, which may come from Briella Calafiore, the reality cable TV star from “Jerseylicious” and its spinoff, “Glam Fairy.”

Another name that made it's way back into the top 1,000? Elvis has been spotted at number 904 on the list.

How did you choose your baby's name? Do you think pop-culture influences parents when naming their newborns?

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