2013′s most popular baby names: Noah, Sophia, and more

Bye, Jacob! Noah takes the cake with Liam ascendant for new baby boys, while Sophia stays the top girl's name

Topics: top baby names, Baby Names

Call it subtle viral marketing for Russell Crowe’s film career.

“Noah” isn’t just a moderate hit about Biblical times — it’s America’s most popular name for baby boys born last year. According to the Social Security Administration, which revealed its findings on “Today” this morning, Noah supplants Jacob at the top of the charts, while Sophia enjoys a third straight year as the top name for baby girls.

The SSA claims that 2013 was the first year since 1960 during which neither Jacob or Michael was the top name for boys. Among boys’ names, old standbys like Daniel and Michael are joined by trendier additions like Mason (the name of Kourtney Kardashian’s young son) and Jayden (Britney Spears’s fils). For girls, Emma is still more popular than Emily, while old-school names like Ava and Isabella continue their trendiness.

The top ten names for boys and girls are:

1. Noah
2. Liam
3. Jacob
4. Mason
5. William
6. Ethan
7. Michael
8. Alexander
9. Jayden
10. Daniel

1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Isabella
5. Ava
6. Mia
7. Emily
8. Abigail
9. Madison
10. Elizabeth.

Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_

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