Top Baby Names: Noah Ends Jacob's 14-Year Run at No.1

Noah ended Jacob's 14-year reign as the top baby name for boys in 2013, according to the Social Security Administration. Sophia remained on top as the most popular name for girls for the third straight year.

Noah unseated Jacob, which occupied the top spot from 1999 to 2012. Before that, parents favored the name Michael for nearly four decades from 1960 to 1998. Jacob fell to No. 3 in 2013, while Liam was the second most popular boys name last year.

The Social Security Administration compiles the baby names list each year from all the Social Security applications received from parents. There were approximately 4 million births in 2013, acting commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin told

Top names for boys in 2013:

  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Jacob
  4. Mason
  5. William
  6. Ethan
  7. Michael
  8. Alexander
  9. Jayden
  10. Daniel

Top names for girls in 2013:

  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Isabella
  5. Ava
  6. Mia
  7. Emily
  8. Abigail
  9. Madison
  10. Elizabeth
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