Jacob, Sophia rank as most popular baby names

December 6, 2011

By Staff

Washington parents caught a national trend last year.

The most popular names for babies born in the Evergreen State — Sophia for girls and Jacob for boys — reflect the No. 1 choices nationwide.

The state Department of Health released the information Nov. 29.

Jacob — buoyed in recent years for a tie to a character in the “Twilight” saga — has held the top spot nationwide for the past decade. Jacob claimed the top spot in Washington in all but three recent years. Alexander topped the list in 2009, and Ethan ranked No. 1 in 2008 and 2002.

The most popular names for girls change more frequently.

Statewide, four names filled out the top five for most of the decade: Olivia, Isabella, Emma and Emily.

Of the 44,247 boys born in Washington last year, parents picked the name Jacob for 416 babies. Of the 42,233 girls born statewide during the same period, parents selected Sophia for 474 babies.

“Naming a baby is an important decision that will last for the child’s whole life,” Dr. Maxine Hayes, state health officer and a pediatrician, said in a statement.

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