Trending: What we name our children

In 2011, the most popular baby names across the nation were Jacob for boys and Sophia for girls. But here in Connecticut, Jacob barely cracked the top five, with only 195 baby boys being given the name. In fact, while Jacob has been the top name for newborn boys across the nation every year since 1999, the name had its Connecticut peak at No. 3 in 2010.

Check out the most popular baby names in the state over the last 50 years, and how they compare to the national trends.

Curious to know how popular your name was the year you were born? The Social Security Administration keeps a list dating back to 1960, which you can sort through. I checked for my name the year I was born, and (no surprises here) Margaret didn’t even crack the top 50 that year.

How does your name — or your child’s — stack up on the list of the most popular?

Maggie Gordon