Most Popular Names

On Monday, the Social Security Administration (SSA) released its annual list of most popular baby names from the previous year.  As every parent provides their child’s name when applying for their Social Security number after birth, the SSA is in the unique position to provide this information with the utmost accuracy. Here are the top picks for 2011:

  1. Jacob
  2. Mason
  3. William
  4. Jayden
  5. Noah
  6. Michael
  7. Ethan
  8. Alexander
  9. Aiden
  10. Daniel
  1. Sophia
  2. Isabella
  3. Emma
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Abigail
  8. Madison
  9. Mia
  10. Chloe


Even the SSA recognizes the influence of pop culture on the way America names its children.  In reference to the sudden popularity of the name Mason, the SSA press release states, “Some may attribute this year’s rise (of the name Mason,) to number two to reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian’s son.”

What if someone didn’t want their child’s name to be quite so popular, could they have it trademarked? That is what Beyonce and Jay-Z are attempting to do with their new daughter’s name, Blue Ivy Carter. In February, quoted attorney Vikki Ziegler explaining that the trademark can, “protect against others using the child’s name as a brand of merchandise in the same marketplace.”

According to the same article, the Patent Office allows for parents to trademark the name of a minor child, but it has to be their own child. Apparently, two different designers tried to copyright the famous couple’s daughter’s name, one for a fragrance, soon after Blue Ivy was born, but they were rejected by the Patent Office.

The United States has very little to say legally about what you can name your child, but remember, your precious child has to live with your creativity.

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