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You Named the Baby What? Top 10 Most Popular Names for Michigan Babies

The U.S. Social Security Administration has released a searchable database of the names parents across the country most often picked for their babies. In Michigan, there are many Liams, Masons, Emmas and Sophias.

Is this baby sad because there are 592 other Liams in the state of Michigan? Among parents of girls, Emma was most frequently chosen. (Patch file photo)
Is this baby sad because there are 592 other Liams in the state of Michigan? Among parents of girls, Emma was most frequently chosen. (Patch file photo)

Liam, Mason and Noah were the top names given to boys born in Michigan in 2013. Emma, Sophia and Eva were the top two picks for girls born last year.

The Social Security Administration released a searchable database of names on applications for Social Security cards in 2013.

Here are the Top 10 boy names and the number of time the name was used:

  1. Liam, 593
  2. Mason, 555
  3. Noah, 546
  4. Jacob, 497
  5. Carter, 466
  6. Lucas, 443
  7. Michael, 436
  8. Alexander, 426
  9. Jackson, 442
  10. William, 398

Here are the Top 10 girl names and the number of time the name was used:

  1. Emma, 640
  2. Sophia, 630
  3. Ava, 537
  4. Olivia, 537
  5. Isabella, 396
  6. Madison, 368
  7. Charlotte, 340
  8. Amelia, 334
  9. Avery, 318
  10. Abigail, 310

In 1960, when the last searchable year on the database, the most popular names for boys were David, used 4,288 times, and Michael, used 3,939 times. William was th only other name in the 2013 Top 10 that was also in the 1960 Top 10. There were 2,033 Williams born that year.

Among girls, none of the names most used in 2013 were on the list in 1960. That year, Mary was used 2,518 times, and Karen was used 2019 times.

Michigan parents top picks for their babies corresponded with national trends in 2013, where the most frequently used names for boys were Noah, Liam, Jacob, Mason, William, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, Jayden and Daniel.

Names for girls, in order of popularity, were Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella, Ava, Mia, Emily, Abigail, Madison and Elizabeth.


DAVID ARONOVITZ May 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM
An asinine nitpick I admit, but can we please have a bit more editing and professional journalism. A mistake in the very first paragraph of any piece sometimes makes the rest circumspect! In this instance, " Emma, Sophia and Eva were the top two picks for girls born last year" reveals a startling math deficiency.

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