Mason Top Baby Name For Washington in 2011 - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Mason Top Baby Name For Washington in 2011

OLYMPIA, WA -  Mason moved to number one from 11th most popular name for baby boys in 2011 and Liam moved to second place from eighth. The top 10 list for baby girls is nearly the same as 2010, in slightly different order. Sophia is ranked number one and Olivia is number two.

Parent's today choose more unique, creative names for their children than parents did in 1980. Today, less than half of names for baby boys come from the top 100 names list and only about a third of names for baby girls are among the top 100. In 1980, nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of all baby boys had names in the top 100 names, and more than half (53 percent) of girls had one of the top 100 names for that year.


Top 10 Names for 2011

Rank

Males

Females

 

Washington

U.S.

Washington

U.S.

1

Mason

Jacob

Sophia

Isabella

2

Liam

Mason

Olivia

Sophia

3

Alexander

William

Emma

Emma

4

Ethan

Jayden

Isabella

Olivia

5

Jacob

Noah

Emily

Ava

6

Daniel

Michael

Ava

Emily

7

Noah

Ethan

Abigail

Abigail

8

William

Alexander

Madison

Madison

9

Logan

Aiden

Chloe

Mia

10

Benjamin

Daniel

Elizabeth

Chloe

 

Among other information gathered for 2011, there were fewer tobacco smokers – just under 9 percent – among women who gave birth that year. Preterm births – before 37 weeks of pregnancy – declined from 10.5 percent in 2006 to 9.5 percent in 2011. Gestational diabetes among pregnant women increased to just over 6 percent in 2011. In 2003, 4 percent of pregnant women had gestational diabetes. Diabetes can harm the mother and unborn baby. Many women who have never had diabetes may develop gestational diabetes when pregnant. Usually it goes away after the baby's born. It's important to see a health care provider following birth as many women who have gestational diabetes will go on to develop diabetes later in life.

There were 107,562 pregnancies and 86,929 babies born in our state in 2011 — 42,325 girls and 44,604 boys. A steady decline in pregnancies and births coincides with the economic downturn. There were 115,092 pregnancies and 90,270 births in 2008. The largest number of births was among mothers 25 to 29 years old. Teen pregnancies and births (15-17 years old) continue to drop. Teen pregnancies (15-17) fell 31 percent in that same time period, from 3,613 in 2008 to 2,526 in 2011. There were 1,519 teens who gave birth in 2011, down from 2,131 in 2008.

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