Oh Baby! 10 Popular Baby Names on the Rise in California

BABY NAMES“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
 – Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

Are you still thinking about what to name your new little bundle of joy? Will it be something unique or familial, or do you want to go along with the “trendy” names? Either way, we thought it would be fun to find out what are the most popular boy and girl names in California. We checked with the Social Security Administration and looked back over the last four years. Curious about the results?

Look below for the results. Maybe something will strike your fancy.

Popularity for top 100 names in California for births in 2013
Rank Male name Number of
males
Female name Number of
females
1 Jacob 2,866 Sophia 3,442
2 Ethan 2,649 Isabella 2,776
3 Daniel 2,578 Mia 2,583
4 Jayden 2,575 Emma 2,468
5 Matthew 2,543 Emily 2,279
6 Noah 2,534 Olivia 2,141
7 Alexander 2,364 Sofia 1,967
8 Anthony 2,220 Camila 1,490
9 Nathan 2,072 Abigail 1,485
10 David 2,024 Samantha 1,396

 

 

Popularity for top 100 names in California for births in 2012
Rank Male name Number of
males
Female name Number of
females
1 Jacob 2,968 Sophia 3,629
2 Jayden 2,862 Isabella 3,099
3 Daniel 2,673 Emma 2,443
4 Ethan 2,670 Emily 2,425
5 Matthew 2,640 Mia 2,318
6 Noah 2,506 Olivia 1,904
7 Alexander 2,421 Sofia 1,679
8 Anthony 2,417 Abigail 1,640
9 Nathan 2,231 Samantha 1,452
10 David 2,148 Camila 1,413

 

 

Popularity for top 100 names in California for births in 2011
Rank Male name Number of
males
Female name Number of
females
1 Jacob 3,162 Sophia 3,557
2 Daniel 2,899 Isabella 3,051
3 Jayden 2,747 Emily 2,395
4 Anthony 2,686 Mia 2,305
5 Matthew 2,459 Emma 2,111
6 Alexander 2,457 Olivia 1,791
7 Ethan 2,386 Sofia 1,572
8 David 2,294 Abigail 1,557
9 Andrew 2,282 Samantha 1,543
10 Nathan 2,247 Natalie 1,489

 

Popularity for top 100 names in California for births in 2010
Rank Male name Number of
males
Female name Number of
females
1 Jacob 3,346 Isabella 3,364
2 Daniel 3,129 Sophia 3,356
3 Anthony 2,856 Emily 2,389
4 Alexander 2,600 Mia 2,011
5 Angel 2,532 Emma 1,783
6 Ethan 2,460 Samantha 1,672
7 Jayden 2,439 Olivia 1,635
8 David 2,418 Abigail 1,619
9 Andrew 2,379 Natalie 1,473
10 Nathan 2,271 Ava 1,408

The above tables show the 10 most frequent given names for male and female births in 2013-2010 in California. The number to the right of each name is the number of occurrences in the data. The source is a 100 percent sample based on Social Security card application data. Source:  Social Security Administration


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