May 14, 2012 at 8:22 AM ET
It's official -- we're all keeping up with Kardashians now. Even when it comes to baby names.
The Social Security Administration released its top 1,000 baby name list for 2011 on Monday morning. This is the mother of all baby-name lists, eagerly awaited by name nerds and anxious parents (most of whom are praying that their kids' names don't see a sudden jump in popularity).
Mason is the big story of 2011, jumping to No. 2 and bumping Anthony from the top 10 -- it's the only new name to crack the top 10 for either boys or girls. The name has been in the top 100 for a while, but experts credit its sudden surge in popularity to Kourtney Kardashian, who named her son Mason in 2009 (and she's currently expecting baby No. 2).
So do people just idolize those Kardashians? Not necessarily.
While a few expectant parents may have named a baby Mason in homage to the reality-TV stars, the vast majority probably just heard the name thanks to the Kardashian clan's ubiquity, and thought it sounded nice. Mason boasts the -N ending that seems to resonate with today's parents of boys -- four of the top 10 names on the boy's list end with an N. (Parents of girls seem to favor the -A ending, with six of the top 10 names ending that way.)
(Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard book and blog, does a great job breaking down the allure of the -N ending in this post here.)
This is the thirteenth year in a row that Jacob has topped the boy's list. Sophia swapped places with Isabella this year to take the No. 1 spot.
Other trending names: Brantley and Iker for boys, and Briella and Angelique for girls.
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