It's SSA Name Day, y'all! Behold, the most popular names in the country.

Top 10 Baby Names for 2013

Top 10 Baby Names of 2013

RankMale nameFemale name
1NoahSophia
2LiamEmma
3JacobOlivia
4MasonIsabella
5WilliamAva
6EthanMia
7MichaelEmily
8AlexanderAbigail
9JaydenMadison
10DanielElizabeth

Names are a source of endless fascination and entertainment for me, so today is sort of like a holiday at Chez LaComtesse. (Granted, it does not appear as though they have released the top 1,000 names just yet: they do that every year, too. And yes, I go through all 1,000.) [ETA: LIES! YES THEY DO!] I don't note any huge surprises, but I wouldn't expect to in the Top 10.

My son's name has almost never NOT been in the top 10, but my daughter's name (even counting spelling variations) has never cracked the top 1,000. Neither fact causes me pride or shame, but some people take the name rankings REALLY seriously when choosing.

The baby name section of the SSA website is a lot of fun. You can check names by birth year, by state, by popularity, and you can track how popular a name has been over the years. Go ahead: tinker around with it and tell us what you find!