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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 048-14
Monday, December 29, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: (347) 396-4177
Jean Weinberg/Levi Fishman: PressOffice@health.nyc.gov

 

Health Department Announces Jayden and Sophia are 2013’s Most Popular Baby Names

120,457 Babies Born in New York City in 2013

December 29, 2014 – The Health Department announced today that Jayden and Sophia were the most popular baby names in New York City in 2013. Jayden has been the number 1 boys name for the last five years, while Sophia remained the number 1 girls name for the second year in a row. The Health Department’s birth certificate records showed that more than 740 Jaydens and more than 630 Sophias were born in the Big Apple in 2013. Overall, in 2013, 2,774 fewer babies were born in New York City as compared to 2012.

“Choosing a baby’s name is for many parents a tremendously meaningful moment in their life. We want to make sure that families are able to bring our newest New Yorkers into a healthy, safe environment,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett, whose name ranked 114 this year. “The Health Department has many free and low cost resources that provide access to services, from pre-pregnancy health related issues to offering support for everything a new mother might need to help their baby thrive.”

Most Popular Baby Names
New York City, 2013
RANKGIRLSBOYS

1

Sophia

Jayden

2

Isabella

Ethan

3

Emma

Jacob

4

Olivia

Daniel

5

Mia

David

6

Emily

Noah

7

Leah

Michael

8

Sofia

Matthew

9

Madison

Alexander

10

Chloe

Liam

NYC Total
Births
58,68861,769
 
New York City Births by Borough of Mother’s Residence, 2013
CountRate per 1,000
Population
Manhattan

 

18,201

11.2

Bronx

 

19,936

14.1

Brooklyn

 

40,633

15.7

Queens

 

26,536

11.6

Staten Island

 

5,269

11.1

Name Trends

Nine of the top ten girls’ names from 2012 held their place on the 2013 list. Sofia, which fell off the list last year, rejoined the list at number 8, while Ava moved from number 10 to number 11.  Sophia, Isabella, Emma and Olivia all held the top four spots for the second year in a row, while Emily and Mia swapped spots at numbers 5 and 6. Chloe moved down from number 6 to number 10, Madison dropped one spot to number 9, and Leah moved from number 9 to number 7. Eight of the top ten boys’ names were holdovers from 2012, while Ryan fell from number 9 to number 14 and Aiden dropped from number 7 to number 11. Liam joined the list at number 10, and Noah joined at number 6. Jayden has remained number 1 for five years in a row, with Matthew and Michael both moving down the list while David and Alexander moved up.

Having a Baby?
Naming your baby is just one of many things every new parent needs to consider. The Health Department recently created a new web page to help expecting parents get ready to fill out various legal paperwork related to their child. This includes forms to receive a birth certificate, acknowledgement of paternity for unmarried fathers, and information for same-sex couples. See additional details, and the entire 2013 list of baby names.
Keeping Babies Safe and Healthy

Babies do best when they’re nurtured by healthy parents in secure surroundings. More information.

The Health Department’s Bureau of Vital Statistics compiles baby name lists from birth certificates and collects other data, including total births by year and demographic characteristics. Learn more about the information gathered from birth certificates.

For more information on baby names, New York City’s births and pregnancies or how to obtain a birth certificate visit NYC.gov.

Top 10 Names by Race/Ethnicity
Girls
RankHispanic BlackWhiteAsian &
Pacific Islander

1

Isabella

Madison

Olivia

Sophia

2

Sophia

London

Emma

Chloe

3

Mia

Aaliyah

Esther

Olivia

4

Sofia

Ava

Sophia

Emily

5

Emily

Chloe

Sarah

Emma

6

Emma

Olivia

Leah

Isabella

7

Camila

Taylor

Rachel

Angela

8

Ashley

Kayla

Chaya

Mia

9

Leah

Serenity

Miriam

Grace

10

Samantha

Brielle

Ava/Chana

Zoe

Boys
RankHispanicBlackWhiteAsian &
Pacific Islander

1

Jayden

Ethan

David

Jayden

2

Jacob

Jayden

Joseph

Ethan

3

Dylan

Aiden/Noah

Michael

Ryan

4

Matthew

Elijah

Moshe

Lucas

5

Ethan

Joshua

Daniel

Aiden

6

Daniel

Jeremiah

Benjamin

Muhammad

7

Alexander

Amir

James

Daniel

8

Angel

Mason

Jacob

Eric

9

Noah

Josiah

Jack

Jason

10

Mason

Liam

Alexander

Liam

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