Mason, Sophia rank as top baby names in Washington

January 1, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2013

Mason edged out Liam to rank as the most-popular name for baby boys in Washington, and Sophia remained in the top spot among names for baby girls.

The data released by the state Department of Health on Dec. 27 shows Mason moved to No. 1 from No. 11 for baby boys in 2011, and Liam moved to the No. 2 spot from the No. 8 spot.

The top 10 list for baby girls remained almost unchanged from 2010, albeit in slightly different order. Sophia is in the top position and Olivia is ranked in the No. 2 position.

Statewide, parents named 453 infant girls Sophia and 446 infant boys Mason in 2011.

Parents nowadays choose more creative names for children than parents did in 1980.

Overall, less than half of names for baby boys come from the top 100 names list and only about one-third of names for baby girls rank among the top 100 nowadays. In 1980, 73 percent of all baby boys had names in the top 100 names, and 53 percent of girls had names in the top 100 names.

Statewide, officials recorded 107,562 pregnancies and 86,929 babies born in 2011 — 42,325 girls and 44,604 boys.

The state recorded a steady decline in pregnancies and births alongside the economic downturn. In 2008, officials recorded 115,092 pregnancies and 90,270 births statewide.

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