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DOH releases top baby names

December 12, 2013

The numbers are in and Liam and Sophia are the top baby names in Washington from 2012, according to the Department of Health, which tracks a variety of state vital statistics, including births, deaths, marriages, and divorces.
In 2012 there were 87,415 babies born in the state. The most popular day for births in 2012 was Friday, June 28 when there were 311 Washington babies born.
Liam has been on the top-ten list since 2010, first appearing at No. 8. By 2011, Liam climbed into second place and in 2012 won by just one baby — edging out Mason for the top spot. Out of the 44,696 boys that were born in 2012 in Washington, 409 babies were named Liam, and 408 were named Mason.
Sophia comes out on top for baby girls for the third year in a row. Since 2007, Sophia has been one of the top four most popular names for baby girls born in Washington.
Out of 42,719 girls born in 2012, 473 were named Sophia. There were 456 baby girls named Emma, the second most-popular name.
In 2012, Washington birth certificates listed a total of 10,533 different names for girls and 7,761 different names for boys. Among the unusual names in 2012 for girls, Charlie (26 babies) and Gwyneth (6 babies) and Philip (18 babies) and Mustafa (5 babies) were the lesser-used names chosen for boys.

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