Top Baby Names: Emma, Noah Reign; Caitlyn Plunges Out of Top 1,000

Social Security Announces Emma and Noah Most Popular Baby Names for 2016
Here are the most popular baby names in the US
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14 May, 2017

Frankie, Ayan, Camren, Deshawn and Jayvion were the least popular names for boys in 2016 while Janiya, Jocelynn, Libby, Princess and Sidney ranked the lowest for girls.

For boys, the top picks are Noah (which is the top boy's name four years running), Liam, William, Mason, and James.

Emma and Noah are again America's most popular baby names, for the third year in a row.

The most popular 21st century names for girls before 2014 were Sophia, Isabella and Emily.

The Social Security Administration is able to share the ranking because parents provide children's names when they apply for Social Security cards.

Each year, the administration releases the top 1,000 baby names. For the second half of the 20th century, Jessica, Ashley, Jennifer, Lisa and Mary each had their turns as parents' favorite names for girls.

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Pop culture affects the popularity of certain names every year.

Though individual state rankings haven't been released yet, you can check out how your super special baby names stack up on a national level with the 2016 rankings, released to media outlets Friday. This year's winners for biggest jump in popularity in the Top 1,000 are Kehlani and Kylo. "That exchange highlights the increasingly smooth sound of today's boys' names, and the dominance of Old Testament names among tradition-minded parents, " she says.

"Perhaps this can be attributed to Kehlani Parrish, a singer/songwriter who was nominated for a Grammy in 2016", the agency said.

Kehlani rose 2,487 spots on the girls' side to number 872, from number 3,359 in 2015. Debuting in the top 1000 at 901 is Kylo, as in Kylo Ren.

The name Zayn also made the boys fastest riser list.


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