Social Security Administration releases most popular baby names list

Posted May 16, 2017

Olivia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Charlotte, Abigail, Emily, and Harper round out the top names for girls.

Rounding out the top 10 list of baby boys' names in 2016 were Liam, William, Mason, James, Benjamin, Jacob, Michael, Elijah and Ethan.

The most popular baby names for 2016 are pretty familiar: Noah for boys and Emma for girls.

Outside of the top 10, the names with the biggest jump in popularity in 2016 were Kehlani and Royalty for girls, and Kylo and Creed for boys.

Neither of these names is among the most popular, but they jumped more spots than any other names. "Caitlyn was already falling in popularity".

C-a-i-t-l-i-n has been the most common spelling.

The Social Security Administration compiles the baby names list is based on the names that parents in the USA chose for their babies born in 2016.

"Even parents who are huge Donald Trump supporters are unlikely to name their child Donald", Wattenberg said. "In part, we just want to avoid controversy in picking names".

For boys in 2016, that name was Kylo, which rose from 3,359 in 2015 to 901 previous year. John is now listed at number 28 and Mary has dropped down to 127. Parents appear to be making something old - new again.

But a warm welcome is in order for the name Elijah, which broke into the list for the first time.

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.

Also, parents are getting more creative in naming the little ones.