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Benjamin, Emma Most Popular Mass. Baby Names in 2013

The findings came from Social Security card data.

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File photo.
Benjamin and Emma were the most popular baby names in Massachusetts in 2013.

Nationwide, Noah and Sophia were the most popular baby names.

The findings come from Social Security card application data.

The Social Security Administration began compiling the baby name list in 1997.

"Each year, the list reveals the effect of pop-culture on naming trends," the administration said in a statement. "This year’s winners for biggest jump in popularity in the Top 1,000 are Jayceon and Daleyza. The fastest riser for boys, Jayceon, gained popularity as it is the birth name of VH1’s cable reality series “Marrying The Game” star and award-winning rapper The Game ... The show premiered in late 2012 and obviously had its effect on naming trends throughout 2013. 

"On the girls’ side, Daleyza, may have been influenced by a popular Spanish-language cable TV series, “Larrymania,” which airs on mun2. Daleyza is the young daughter of Larry Hernandez, an American regional Mexican singer and reality TV star. The name increased in popularity by more than 3,000 spots, so the show undoubtedly had an influence."

Massachusetts' Most Popular Baby Names of 2013

Boys
1. Benjamin
2. William
3. Jacob
4. Ryan
5. Michael
6. Mason
7. Liam
8. Noah
9. John
10. Lucas

Girls
1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Sophia
4. Isabella
5. Ava
6. Emily
7. Abigail
8. Mia
9. Charlotte
10. Avery
deb of see-attleboro May 22, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Here is a suggestion for those who like both names yet are looking for something gender neutral. Ben-emma:)

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