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Roll call in the nursery: Alexander, Sophia, top 2012 baby names in Nevada

Look back through the decades at Nevada’s favorite monikers

In Nevada, it turns out not that many people want their kid to "be like Mike" anymore.

The Social Security Administration compiles an annual list of the most popular baby names across the country and by state.

In 2012, Alexander, Anthony, Daniel, Jayden and Jacob topped the list for boys born in Nevada. Looking back through the administration data, which goes back to 1960, certain names rise and fall in favor.

In 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992 and 2002, Michael was in the top five names for baby boys in Nevada. In 1992, the year Michael Jordan won the second of his six NBA championships, Michael was the No. 1 name given to Nevada's baby boys. However, the name has been gradually declining in popularity and now sits at number 19.

The most popular names for Silver State baby girls in 2012 were Sophia, Isabella, Emma, Olivia and Mia.

Nationally, in 2012, the top names for boys were Jacob, Mason, Ethan, Noah and William; for girls, the favored names were Sophia, Emma, Isabella, Olivia and Ava.

Click here to explore the years of data on baby names from the Social Security Administration.

Below, take a look at Nevada's favorite monikers through time.

    • Emma Stone arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

      Emma Stone arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

      2012

      Boys

      Alexander

      Anthony

      Daniel

      Jayden

      Jacob

      Girls

      Sophia

      Isabella

      Emma

      Olivia

      Mia

    • Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in the action adventure film, "Skyfall."

      Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in the action adventure film, "Skyfall."

      2002

      Boys

      Anthony

      Daniel

      Michael

      Jacob

      Christopher

      Girls

      Emily

      Madison

      Ashley

      Alexis

      Samantha

    • Michael Jordan adjusts his sunglasses at the Michael Jordan Invitational March 30, 2012, at Shadow Creek.

      Michael Jordan adjusts his sunglasses at the Michael Jordan Invitational March 30, 2012, at Shadow Creek.

      1992

      Boys

      Michael

      Joshua

      Christopher

      Brandon

      Tyler

      Girls

      Jessica

      Ashley

      Amanda

      Samantha

      Sarah

    • Jennifer Hudson performs during the 2013 Keep Memory Alive "Power of Love" Gala celebrating the joint 80th birthdays of Sir Michael Caine and Quincy Jones at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

      Jennifer Hudson performs during the 2013 Keep Memory Alive "Power of Love" Gala celebrating the joint 80th birthdays of Sir Michael Caine and Quincy Jones at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

      1982

      Boys

      Michael

      Christopher

      David

      Jason

      Joshua

      Girls

      Jennifer

      Jessica

      Amanda

      Sarah

      Melissa

    • Kim Kardashian hosts at Rehab in the Hard Rock Hotel on Sunday, June 3, 2012.

      Kim Kardashian hosts at Rehab in the Hard Rock Hotel on Sunday, June 3, 2012.

      1972

      Boys

      Michael

      Jason

      Christopher

      David

      James

      Girls

      Jennifer

      Michelle

      Lisa

      Kimberly

      Stephanie

    • In this photo provided by Columbia Pictures, ex-rodeo star Robert Redford gives TV newscaster Jane Fonda her first riding lesson, aboard a stolen million-dollar stallion in the Columbia Pictures release, "The Electric Horseman," December 1979.

      In this photo provided by Columbia Pictures, ex-rodeo star Robert Redford gives TV newscaster Jane Fonda her first riding lesson, aboard a stolen million-dollar stallion in the Columbia Pictures release, "The Electric Horseman," December 1979.

      1962

      Boys

      Michael

      David

      John

      James

      Robert

      Girls

      Lisa

      Karen

      Mary

      Teresa

      Linda

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