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How Noah and Sophia became 2013's top baby names

The Social Security Administration announced 2013's top names. And, in a surprising result for many, Noah beat out Jacob for the top spot.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: May 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm •  Published: May 9, 2014
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Americans seem to be naming their kids two-by-two these days.

Puns aside, the name “Noah” has clinched the top spot as the most popular baby name of 2013, according to the Social Security Administration. It unseats “Jacob,” which has ruled the baby-naming world for 14 years and slipped down to the No. 3 slot behind “Liam,” The Associated Press reported.

"Parents are choosing softer names because the image of what they want in a son is a kinder, gentler, more considerate and more empathetic son. They're thinking soft and sensitive rather than hard and hyper-masculine," said Bruce Lansky, an author of baby name books, to USA Today. "Not that Jacob is macho, but Jacob shortens to Jake, which is a macho name. Michael could be Mike."

There’s also a biblical reason. Biblical names have been popular throughout history, USA Today reported, mostly because they promote good values and morals for young kids.

But Noah isn’t expected to stay at the top spot, according to Jennifer Moss of babynames.com. She told USA Today, however, that the name isn’t likely to go away quickly.