Without A Net

Pop culture from Southern California and beyond.

100 most popular baby names lists show California has way more Camilas and way fewer Masons

60692 full
60692 full

The Social Security Administration just released a list of the most popular baby names in each state, as well as across the United States, for 2012. Jacob and Sophia are the kings and queens of babies both nationally and in California, but number 7 name Jayden moves up to number 2 for boys in California. Each of those number 1 names around 1 percent of the population nationally.

Nationally, the number 2 name for boys, Mason, doesn’t fare so well in California — here, it comes in at 17. There are some other big differences from the norm, with national number 5 William coming in at 31 and number 6 Liam at 24. Two other boys top 10 names didn’t make the cut in California.

Taking the place of those baby boys locally: Daniel, Matthew, Anthony, David and, all the way from number 29, Nathan.

RELATED: What's the story behind your name?

When it comes to baby girls, we’re a little more on the same baby book page as everyone else, with only three of the names not making it here: Ava, Madison and Elizabeth. They all show up in the next 10. Taking their place are number 26 Samantha, number 48 Camila and an alternate version of number 1 name Sophia — Sofia.

Data is available for the most popular names going all the way back to 1880. Things have changed — only four of the 1880 boys top 20 made the 2012 top 20, and when it comes to girls, there were only two in common: Emma and Ella. It looks like “Downton Abbey” got that time period right — “Cora” is on the list.

Check out the top 100 California baby names and the top 10 United States baby names below, including exactly how many of each name was born here in California. Looks like you’re not as unique as you think you are.

Most popular baby names — California

Boys Rank Girls
Jacob (2955) 1 Sophia (3617)
Jayden (2852) 2 Isabella (3087)
Daniel (2662) 3 Emma (2429)
Ethan (2661) 4 Emily (2409)
Matthew (2627) 5 Mia (2311)
Noah (2496) 6 Olivia (1892)
Anthony (2411) 7 Sofia (1671)
Alexander (2408) 8 Abigail (1635)
Nathan (2227) 9 Samantha (1444)
David (2139) 10 Camila (1409)
Andrew (2129) 11 Ava (1402)
Aiden (1990) 12 Victoria (1299)
Michael (1986) 13 Natalie (1287)
Angel (1922) 14 Chloe (1091)
Isaac (1845) 15 Elizabeth (1087)
Julian (1845) 16 Evelyn (1037)
Mason (1825) 17 Genesis (1033)
Adrian (1784) 18 Ashley (998)
Jonathan (1721) 19 Madison (988)
Christopher (1717) 20 Zoe (982)
Joshua (1704) 21 Charlotte (906)
Benjamin (1661) 22 Hailey (900)
Joseph (1630) 23 Melanie (886)
Liam (1597) 24 Audrey (855)
Jose (1568) 25 Kimberly (852)
Dylan (1554) 26 Alexa (843)
Aaron (1552) 27 Alyssa (842)
Elijah (1505) 28 Allison (832)
Ryan (1461) 29 Aubrey (824)
Sebastian (1442) 30 Zoey (819)
William (1430) 31 Ella (801)
Logan (1380) 32 Grace (801)
Christian (1306) 33 Lily (769)
Gabriel (1301) 34 Bella (757)
Brandon (1284) 35 Kaylee (757)
Samuel (1275) 36 Leah (743)
Damian (1268) 37 Andrea (742)
James (1267) 38 Aaliyah (736)
Isaiah (1265) 39 Brianna (732)
Kevin (1193) 40 Hannah (726)
Lucas (1142) 41 Scarlett (711)
Jesus (1109) 42 Avery (701)
Luis (1102) 43 Maya (699)
Dominic (1054) 44 Jocelyn (698)
Juan (1035) 45 Brooklyn (677)
Evan (1031) 46 Valeria (675)
Ivan (1027) 47 Kayla (661)
Jordan (1026) 48 Arianna (659)
Diego (1016) 49 Jasmine (636)
Jackson (1002) 50 Ariana (633)
Nicholas (997) 51 Delilah (621)
Caleb (981) 52 Layla (614)
Jason (980) 53 Amelia (613)
Carlos (962) 54 Vanessa (613)
John (895) 55 Katherine (609)
Adam (887) 56 Alexis (604)
Luke (887) 57 Valerie (586)
Santiago (876) 58 Savannah (581)
Ian (873) 59 Sophie (581)
Jeremiah (831) 60 Natalia (576)
Jack (830) 61 Sarah (566)
Mateo (828) 62 Gianna (564)
Xavier (827) 63 Amy (551)
Robert (797) 64 Giselle (550)
Henry (774) 65 Ruby (544)
Eli (766) 66 Violet (534)
Gavin (745) 67 Alexandra (529)
Tyler (745) 68 Nicole (529)
Austin (743) 69 Angelina (527)
Josiah (743) 70 Addison (525)
Nathaniel (743) 71 Nevaeh (524)
Oliver (743) 72 Mila (511)
Gael (740) 73 Naomi (505)
Wyatt (740) 74 Stella (503)
Miguel (735) 75 Claire (502)
Ayden (732) 76 Melissa (501)
Alejandro (704) 77 Jade (493)
Alex (682) 78 Eva (488)
Leonardo (681) 79 Maria (488)
Owen (677) 80 Riley (485)
Landon (676) 81 Kylie (477)
Justin (675) 82 Jessica (474)
Giovanni (662) 83 Khloe (473)
Victor (639) 84 Liliana (465)
Vincent (633) 85 Destiny (456)
Zachary (633) 86 Isabel (455)
Connor (630) 87 Daisy (449)
Levi (623) 88 Faith (449)
Bryan (618) 89 Gabriella (446)
Elias (615) 90 Michelle (445)
Eric (602) 91 Aria (440)
Thomas (595) 92 Stephanie (434)
Hunter (592) 93 Ximena (434)
Steven (584) 94 Harper (422)
Andres (583) 95 Julia (422)
Jesse (575) 96 Melody (421)
Brayden (569) 97 Jennifer (418)
Alan (565) 98 Valentina (417)
Jorge (557) 99 Lillian (414)
Eduardo (546) 100 Angela (406)

Most popular baby names — U.S.

Boy Rank Girl
Jacob 1 Sophia
Mason 2 Emma  
Ethan 3 Isabella
Noah 4 Olivia
William 5 Ava
Liam 6 Emily
Jayden 7 Abigail
Michael 8 Mia
Alexander 9 Madison
Aiden 10 Elizabeth
blog comments powered by Disqus

Enjoy reading Without A Net? You might like KPCC’s other blogs.

What's popular now on KPCC