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Most Popular Boy Name in the US

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

Picking a name for your new son is a daunting task for many would-be parents, but in the end, you have to come to a decision or fear being a parent with the unnamed child! Some parents want unique names because they believe it will make their offspring unique as well, but usually it will just bring them ridicule on the elementary school playground. For this reason, most parents choose popular baby names. The most popular baby name for boys of 2004 was Jacob, according to the U.S. Government’s Social Security Administration.

Jacob is holding strong, having been the most popular boy’s name since 1999. The oldest publicly available social security records, which date back to 1880, rank Jacob as the 39th most popular name. The name dropped in popularity over the next eighty years, reaching a “career-low” of 369th most popular in 1962, before enjoying a steady rise to the top. The primarily African-American variant Jacoby ranked as the 819th popular boy’s name in 2004.

Jacob is a Hewbrew name, originally spelled Ya’aqob, which translates to “holder of the heel”. In the Old Testament, Jacob was the son of Isaac and Rebekah and the patriarch of the 12 tribes of Israel. He was born holding the heel of his twin brother Esau. Biblical names are very popular helping make Jacob the most popular boy’s name in America.