The most popular baby names in the country may not carry the weighty implications that the nation's employment numbers or GDP bear, but they just might answer a more fun question: Does your country have good taste?
The U.S. Department of Social Security on Monday released last year's top names, with a few surprises for the casual observer tossed into the mix; Logan appears at No. 20 for boys, while Brooklyn nabbed spot No. 21 among girls.
As for last year's top names, the influences aren't easy to pinpoint. Did Jake Gyllenhaal's movie Source Code send parents scrambling to honor the male actor? Has Sofia Coppola's filmography finally caught on after 30-plus years? In all likelihood, probably not (especially considering the alternate spelling of "Sophia" technically nabbed spot No. 19 on the girls list).
But, Patch readers, we digress: Take a look at the list below and let us know what names are your favorites in our poll.