Familiar favorites top the list of San Diego’s 2011 most popular names, according to Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns which delivers more babies than any other hospital in California.
Alexander made a big jump from 8th in 2010 to the 2nd most popular name for boys in 2011.
5 favorites from last year completely dropped off this year’s list including Joshua, Andrew, Gabriel, Mason and Anthony which were replaced by 2011 favorites Ethan, Aiden, Daniel, Benjamin and Jayden. For the 3rd year in a row, Jacob was the top name for boys in San Diego. According to the Social Security Administration, Jacob has been the number one name in the entire country since 1999.
For girls, the top 10 list had fewer changes. 3 names at the bottom of the list last year: Ava, Chloe and Audrey were replaced by Natalie, Abigail and Avery for 2011. The top 3 names in 2010, Sophia, Isabella and Olivia, are still the top favorites this year however the order switched up a bit with Olivia moving from number 3 to number 1.
Emily was number 7 in San Diego but has been the number 1 pick nationally from 1996 until 2009 when Isabella became the preferred choice for girls’ names in the United States.
The names listed below reflect the top names for babies delivered at Sharp Mary Birch between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30, 2011.