Front Porch: Lots of Masons, Sophias around

Top baby names

Mason, Liam, Alexander, Jacob and Ethan for boys.

Sophia, Olivia, Emma, Isabella and Emily for girls.

Those were the top baby names in Washington last year, according to the Social Security Administration, which compiles the information from applications for Social Security cards.

Michael Webb in the Seattle office told The Associated Press that baby names in the Northwest pretty much follow the national list that was released earlier this week. He said parents seem to be inspired by celebrities or grandparents.

Washington has the same top five names for girls as the national list, but in different order.

Second on the state boys’ list, Liam, is only 15th most popular nationwide. Second nationally, Mason is the number one boys’ name in Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Oregon.

Up for a challenge? People are invited to compete in an 800-meter swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 4-mile run during the first Deception Pass Challenge.

The Deception Pass Park Foundation is sponsoring the event to encourage park exploration, promote Deception Pass and raise money for education and protection of the park.

The challenge is to start at 8 a.m. June 16, 41020 Highway 20, Oak Harbor. Cost to enter is $50 for individuals and $100 for a team. For more information, go to

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