Social Security Administration releases most popular baby names list

Social Security Announces Emma and Noah Most Popular Baby Names for 2016

Emma is the most popular girls' name in the United States, and Noah took the top spot for boys.

The only new name in the top 10 a year ago was Elijah.

This marks the fourth year at number one for Noah and the third for Emma, according to the Social Security Administration's website. Rounding out the top five are Olivia, Ava, Sophia, and Isabella for girls, and Liam, William, Mason, and James for boys.

With baby name trends ebbing and flowing over the decades, the agency also reported the names with the greatest change in popularity for 2016.

The name Kylo could be inspired by Kylo Ren, a character from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".

Kehlani is the name of singer-songwriter Kehlani Parrish, who is increasing in mainstream popularity since releasing her debut album in January and having notable singles earlier.

As for names decreasing in popularity, that included four variations on the name Caitlin for girls and Jonael, Aadren, Triston and Freddy for boys.

"It was inevitable. Caitlyn was already falling in popularity".

The top baby names that year were John and Mary. "Now it is suddenly controversial". The agency started releasing its popular baby name list by gender in 1997 but has collected names dating to 1880.

"Even parents who are huge Donald Trump supporters are unlikely to name their kid Donald", she added, though there were no major changes in the rankings of the names Donald or Hillary.

Last year, it fell 542 spots - the biggest drop of any name - to No. 1,151. Hillary fell out of the top 1,000 names in 2009 and has not returned.

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