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The most popular baby names in Pa. and N.J.

Emma has overtaken Sophia as the most popular name for girls born in Pennsylvania, but Sophia remained the top choice for New Jersey parents in 2012.

The most popular baby names in Pa. and N.J.

Luggage tags with children´s names are displayed in East Montpelier, Vt. Nationwide, Jacob and Sophia top the list of most popular baby names again. It´s Jacob´s 14th straight year at the top and the second year in a row for Sophia. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
Luggage tags with children's names are displayed in East Montpelier, Vt. Nationwide, Jacob and Sophia top the list of most popular baby names again. It's Jacob's 14th straight year at the top and the second year in a row for Sophia. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Emma has overtaken Sophia as the most popular name for girls born in Pennsylvania, but Sophia remained the top choice for New Jersey parents in 2012.

For boys, Mason was the top name for babies born in Pennsylvania, while Michael was most popular name for New Jersey babies, both unchanged from 2011.

That's according to new data from the Social Security Administration, which earlier released the most popular baby names nationwide.

Here are the top 20 names for babies born in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 2012 (each name's 2011 rank is in parenthesis):

Top names for girls born in Pennsylvania:
1. Emma (2)
2. Sophia (1)
3. Ava (3)
4. Olivia (4)
5. Isabella (5)
6. Madison (8)
7. Abigail (6)
8. Emily (7)
9. Mia (10)
10. Aubrey (16)
11. Ella (9)
12. Addison (11)
13. Lily (12)
14. Grace (14)
15. Charlotte (23)
16. Chloe (15)
17. Elizabeth (13)
18. Avery (19)
19. Lillian (24)
20. Hannah (26)

Top names for boys born in Pennsylvania:
1. Mason (1)
2. Liam (8)
3. Jacob (3)
4. Michael (2)
5. Noah (6)
6. Ryan (5)
7. Ethan (7)
8. Logan (4)
9. Benjamin (9)
10. John (11)
11. Joseph (12)
12. William (10)
13. Jayden (14)
14. Aiden (13)
15. Jackson (22)
16. Matthew (15)
18. Carter (32)
19. Anthony (21)
20. Alexander (16)

Top names for girls born in New Jersey:
1. Sophia (1)
2. Isabella (2)
3. Emma (6)
4. Olivia (3)
5. Ava (4)
6. Mia (7)
7. Emily (5)
8. Madison (8)
9. Abigail (9)
10. Gianna (12)
11. Samantha (10)
12. Gabriella (11)
13. Sofia (280)
14. Victoria (21)
15. Ella (16)
16. Sarah (18)
17. Ashley (20)
18. Chloe (17)
19. Leah (15)
20. Charlotte (26)

Top names for boys born in New Jersey:
1. Michael (1)
2. Anthony (2)
3. Joseph (7)
4. Jayden (4)
5. Matthew (6)
6. Ryan (3)
7. Jacob (5)
8. Ethan (18)
9. Daniel (8)
10. Mason (12)
11. Alexander (9)
12. Nicholas (11)
13. Dylan (24)
14. Liam (27)
15. Christopher (10)
16. Aiden (14)
17. Benjamin (28)
18. David (16)
19. Noah (21)
20. John (13)

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