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Friday May 7, 2004

Jim Courtney, Press Officer

For Immediate Release

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News Release


Social Security Delivers Most Popular Baby Names for 2003

Emily and Jacob Remain Top Baby Names in U.S.

(Aquí en Español)

For Mother’s Day, Jo Anne Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security, announced the top baby names in the United States for 2003.

“Each year, Social Security produces the most popular baby names list based on all Social Security card applications for children born the previous year,” said Commissioner Barnhart. “Emily and Jacob are again the top baby names for 2003.”

Please click on the Most Popular Baby Names link at Social Security’s website -- -- to see the top baby names for 2003. The top ten boys and girls names for 2003 are:

Boys: Girls:





















Emily and Jacob have become entrenched atop the list. Emily has been the most popular female name each year since 1996. Jacob has been the top male name since 1999. New to the top ten this year are Anthony and Elizabeth.

A list of the 1,000 most popular baby names for 2003, as well as the most popular baby names for each state, can be found by clicking the link to the Most Popular Baby Names.

Social Security started compiling baby name lists in 1997. Today, the Social Security website offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880.

Social Security’s website -- -- has a variety of online services that allow people to access information and conduct business with Social Security from the convenience of their computers at any time.

People can apply online for Social Security retirement, spouse’s and disability benefits at Other online services allow people to find out if they may be eligible for benefits or locate their local Social Security office. Individuals who are receiving benefits may use the website to change their address or request a replacement Medicare card. As more and more people conduct business via the Internet, these online services save significant time and effort.

Social Security also offers online benefits planners at Each planner--retirement, disability and survivors--contains valuable information about the benefits available and factors that can affect people. The planner’s three online calculators also allow individuals to compute estimates of their future retirement benefits and current disability and survivors benefits.

The website also offers a wealth of information about all Social Security programs through online publications and a “Frequently Asked Questions” section.

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