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Mason and Sophia are the most popular baby names in Washington State, according to a new list released Thursday. (AP image)

Mason, Sophia top Washington baby names

A lot of day cares and pre-schools in our state better brace for a bunch of kids named Mason and Sophia, the most popular names for babies in 2011.

Mason made a huge move, jumping from 11th in 2010 to the top spot for most popular boys names in the list released Thursday by the Social Security Administration. It was followed by Liam, which climbed from eighth to second in Washington. Longtime favorite Jacob dropped from the top spot to number five in the state, but remained the most popular boys name across the country.

Check out the Social Security database of most popular baby names

Sophia is still tops among girl's names in Washington again this year, followed closely by Olivia.

While the list of girls names is nearly identical between Washington and the rest of the nation, Jayden, Michael and Aiden all cracked the top 10 in the U.S. but failed to make the the list in our state.

"Parent's today choose more unique, creative names for their children than parents did in 1980," said the Department of Health in a statement. "Today, less than half of names for baby boys come from the top 100 names list and only about a third of names for baby girls are among the top 100. In 1980, nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of all baby boys had names in the top 100 names, and more than half (53 percent) of girls had one of the top 100 names for that year."

Here are the top boys and girls names in Washington for 2011:

Boys:

1. Mason

2. Liam

3. Alexander

4. Ethan

5. Jacob

6. Daniel

7. Noah

8. William

9. Logan

10. Benjamin

Girls:

1. Sophia

2. Olivia

3. Emma

4. Isabella

5. Emily

6. Ava

7. Abigail

8. Madison

9. Chloe

10. Elizabeth


Josh Kerns, MyNorthwest.com
Josh Kerns is an award winning reporter/anchor and host of KIRO Radio's Seattle Sounds (Sunday afternoons 5-6p) and a digital content producer for MyNorthwest.com.
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