Popular Baby Names

March 22, 2012 by staff 

Popular Baby Names, If you were a boy born in Oklahoma in 2011, there’s a good chance that you were given the name William or Mason or Jacob. If a girl, people likely call you Emma, Sophia or Isabella. These were the three most popular names by gender given to newborns in the state last year, according to data released by the Oklahoma Department of Health.

Leslie Bates said choosing a name wasn’t easy leading up to the November birth of her son, Jacob.

“Every idea I had, my husband hated. Every idea he had, I hated. Then we came up with the name Jacob,” the Tulsa mom said. “We’d heard it somewhere, and we thought it was cute, and we’d always liked biblical names.

“We also liked that we could shorten it to Jake, because we liked the idea of a little nickname, too.”

The next hurdle was whether the couple would run into a Team Edward/Team Jacob situation – not that they are “Twilight” fans.

“There was the thought that he might be named Jacob Edward, with the Edward being a family name, but with the whole ‘Twilight’ thing, we decided to stay away from that,” Bates said. The couple instead named their 3-month-old son Jacob Samuel.

The Social Security Administration has not yet released the most popular baby names on a national basis for 2011.

But in comparing Oklahoma’s 2011 names to those from the 2010 national list, the state was not very original.

Eight of the top 10 Oklahoma girls’ names were also in the national top 10, with the differences being that Oklahoma counted Addison (No. 5) and Brooklyn (No. 9) among the most popular, while the national list featured Chloe at No. 9 (No. 11 in Oklahoma) and Mia at No. 10 (not among the state’s top 20 girls’ names).

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