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Sophia Ranks As Most Popular Baby Name Locally And Nationally

The region can get behind Sophia as a girl's name.
The region can get behind Sophia as a girl's name.

There's plenty of differences between D.C., Maryland and Virginia. But one thing seems to cross regional boundaries and preferences—and it's a baby's name.

According to the Social Security Administration, Sophia topped the list of most popular names for newborn girls in 2012 in all three locations. In Maryland, 358 newborn girls were named Sophia last year, while the number stood at 512 in Virginia and 50 in D.C.

Emma and Olivia came in second and third, respectively, in both D.C. and Virginia, while Emma and Ava took the second and third spots in Maryland.

As for boys' names, William led in both D.C. and Virginia, while Mason took top honors in Maryland. Alexander and Henry were runners-up in D.C., Michael and Jacob in Maryland, and Mason and Liam in Virginia. 

To put the region's baby name preferences in perspective, Sophia was ranked as the most popular girl's name nationally, while Jacob won for boys.


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