Just in time for Mother's Day, Jo Anne Barnhart, Commissioner of
Social Security, announced the top female baby name in the United
States for 2001 was Emily; for baby boys it was Jacob. The Social
Security Administration (SSA) delivers this "birth announcement"
based on all Social Security card applications for children born
"Each year, SSA produces the list of the top baby names, and
people love to see where their names and those of their family members
rank," said Commissioner Barnhart. "This has become one
of Social Security's most popular announcements."
The top ten boys and girls names for 2001 are:
For Emily and Jacob, it's a repeat appearance at the top of the
list. Emily has been the most popular girls' name each year since
1996. Before that, it was Jessica, which sat atop the list from
1989 to 1995. Jacob has been the top boys' name for the past three
years. Prior to that, Michael was the most popular name each year
from 1964 to 1998.
A list of the 1000 most popular baby names for 2001, as well as
the most popular baby names for each state, can be found at www.ssa.gov
by clicking the link to the Most Popular Names.
SSA started compiling baby name lists in 1997. Today, the SSA website
offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880.
Regardless of what name a parent chooses, all newborns need a Social
Security number. The easiest way for parents to apply for a baby's
Social Security number (SSN) is through a process known as Enumeration
at Birth. This automatic service enables parents to apply for an
SSN at the same time they fill out the birth certificate information
at the hospital. Enumeration at Birth, which saves parents time
and makes a trip to the local Social Security office unnecessary,
is available free of charge in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington,
D.C. Last year, approximately four million babies received their
Social Security numbers this way.
"Enumeration at Birth offers parents an opportunity to request
a Social Security number for their newborn as part of the birth
registration process," Commissioner Barnhart said. "The
main reason to get an SSN for a newborn is so the child can be claimed
as a dependent on the parents' tax return. Even though this may
not be the first thing new parents are thinking about after having
a baby, it is quick, easy, and convenient."
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