LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — It’s that time of year again. Yes, the holiday season is in full swing, but has also just released its list of 2013’s most popular baby names.

They are:

Girls’ names

1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Isabella
5. Mia
6. Ava
7. Lily
8. Zoe
9. Emily
10. Chloe

Boys’ names

1. Jackson
2. Aiden
3. Liam
4. Lucas
5. Noah
6. Mason
7. Jayden
8. Ethan
9. Jacob
10. Jack

The BabyCenter blog notes that the number two boys’ name, “Aiden,” previously spent eight years in the top spot before being ousted by “Jackson.”

Meanwhile, top girls’ name “Sophia” is holding strong to number one for the fourth year in a row.

The blog also mentions that pop culture seems to have impacted the movement of names lower down on the list.

Names of some of the Duck Dynasty clan made drastic jumps, including “Korie” and “Phil.”

Some names of characters from the HBO show Girls, including Marnie and Shoshanna (Shoshana), also experienced a a rise in popularity.

The blog predicts that the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death had something to do with the popularity of name “Kennedy” rising 25 percent for boys and 21 percent for girls.

Meanwhile, the popularity of the current president’s first name, “Barack”, rose 48 percent, or 5,137 spots. The First Lady’s name, “Michelle,” jumped by 13 percent. Interesting, given the fact that President Obama’s approval rating has sunk this year.

Another big political-related name jump is “Wendy,” which rose 733 spots on the list. says it may have something to do with Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, who made headlines in June with an 11-hour filibuster.

For more information about this year’s most popular baby names, click here.


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