Emma and Noah Top Baby Name List

July 19, 2017

When babies get Social Security numbers, SSA gets data on baby names. SSA recently released its 2016 information on baby names. The agency’s data set is drawn from applications for Social Security numbers and as such covers nearly all the children born in the United States. The top ten boy’s names were Noah, Liam, William, Mason, James, Benjamin, Jacob, Michael, Elijah, and Ethan. The top ten girl’s names were Emma, Olivia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Charlotte, Abigail, Emily, and Harper.


The girl’s name that most increased in popularity between 2015 and 2016 was Kehlani, which went from number 3359 to number 872. Singer Kehlani Parrish may have contributed to the name’s rise. The fastest growing boy’s name was Kylo, which was the 3269th most popular name in 2015 and rocketed to 901st in 2016. The change was probably related to the 2015 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which includes a character named Kylo Ren.


The agency’s Office of the Chief Actuary packages baby name data into a fascinating website: https:// http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames. It is possible to view top baby names by state, track the popularity of a name over time, or see popular names for every birth year dating back to 1880. The press release announcing 2016 data noted that the names Donald and Hillary did not experience significant changes in popularity, either positive or negative, despite the frequency in which they came up in conversation during the 2016 Presidential election.

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