See the list at www.socialsecurity.gov 

WASHINGTON, D. C. - The Social Security Administration today announced the most popular baby names in New Jersey for 2012.  Michael and Sophia topped the list. 

The top five boys and girls names for 2012 in New Jersey were:

            Boys:                                       Girls:

            1)  Michael                              1)   Sophia

            2)  Anthony                             2)   Isabella

            3)  Joseph                              3)   Emma

            4)  Jayden                              4)   Olivia

            5)  Matthew                             5)   Ava

Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, announced last week that Sophia and Jacob were the most popular baby names in the U.S.  How does New Jersey compare to the rest of the country?  Check out Social Security’s website -- www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames -- to see the top baby names for 2012.

While having fun with baby names on www.socialsecurity.gov, people may create a my Social Security account.  Social Security’s website has the top-rated online services in the U.S., including the services available with a my Social Security account, a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing throughout the time they receive Social Security benefits.

More than 60 million Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients can now access their benefit verification letter, payment history, and earnings record instantly using their online account.  Social Security beneficiaries also can change their address and start or change direct deposit information online.  People age 18 and older who are not receiving benefits can sign up for a my Social Security account to get a personalized online Social Security Statement.    

In addition to each state’s top baby names, Social Security’s website has a list of the 1,000 most popular boys’ and girls’ names for 2012 and offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880.

To read about this year’s winner for the biggest jump in popularity and to see how pop culture affects baby names, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/pressoffice/pr/babynames2012-pr.html.