William took the top spot as the most popular name for a baby boy in Kentucky in 2011 while Emma came in as the top name for baby girls born in the Commonwealth.
The Social Security Administration is out with its lists of the top 10 most popular baby names for 2011.
Jacob ranks as the top baby boy name nationwide while Mason took top honors among baby boy names in Ohio and Indiana. Mason was No. 2 in Kentucky.
Sophia stood tops among all girls names nationwide. But it was Emma at the top spot not only in Kentucky but also in Ohio and Indiana. Emma ranked third nationwide among names for baby girls in 2011.
Here are the Social Security Administration lists for the most popular baby names for boys and girls in 2011 in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and nationwide.
How does the TriState compare to the rest of the country? Check out Social Security’s website www.socialsecurity.gov/OCAT/babynames to see the top baby names for 2011 state by state.
Names to watch on the trending charts for baby names are Brantley and Briella.
Those two names saw the biggest jumps in popularity in the top 500, no doubt influenced by popular culture.
The fastest riser on the girls’ list may come from Briella Calafiore, the blonde reality star hairdresser from cable TV’s “Jerseylicious” and its spinoff, “Glam Fairy.”
For the boys, there could be some controversy over Brantley – depending on whether you are a fan of college football or country music.
Arguments could be made that the popularity of the name comes from John Brantley, the quarterback for perennial powerhouse The University of Florida, or from Brantley Gilbert, the singer with the No. 1 country hit “Country Must Be Country Wide.” If you like both football and country music, Brantley could be winning name for you.
In addition to each state’s top 100 baby names, the Social Security website lists the 1,000 most popular boys’ and girls’ names for 2011 and the top 50 names for twins born in 2011.
The website also offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880 in case you’re wondering how gramps’ name ranks. To check it out, click here .
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