Baby names suggest high hopes
Talk about high expectations for a newborn: King and Messiah are among the fastest-rising baby names for American boys.
They're just a little behind Major, the boy's name that jumped the most spots on the Social Security Administration's annual list of popular baby names.
Jacob is the most popular for boys — again — and Sophia is the top name for girls for the second year in a row, according to the list released Thursday.
It was Jacob's 14th straight year at the top. Liam cracked the top 10 for the first time. Daniel slipped out of the top 10 for the first time since 1998, to No. 11.
Sophia first cracked the top 100 in 1997. Isabella dropped off the list from 1949 to 1990. It's No. 3 now.
The Social Security Administration's website provides lists of the top 1,000 baby names for each year, dating to 1880. The top baby names that year were John and Mary. John is now No. 28 and Mary has fallen to No. 123 — the lowest for both names.
The website also shows which names are gaining — and losing — popularity. Major jumped 505 spots, to No. 483. Messiah gained 246 spots, to No. 387. Arya jumped 298 spots, to No. 413, followed by Perla, Catalina, Elisa and Raelynn.
Stephen Ohlemacher is a staff writer for the Associated Press.