Social Security Administration releases most popular baby names list

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Noah was the most popular boys name for the fourth consecutive year, while Emma was the most popular girls name for the third consecutive year. The 2016 list features some of the same names at the top.

In 2016, Emma was the top name for baby girls for the third year in a row, followed by Olivia, Ava, Sophia, and Isabella.

Although the name Donald is apparently growing in dislike among parents, the name Hillary didn't even make it on the Social Security Administration most recent list, which was released Friday.

The top 10 baby names for girls stayed the same in 2016, though the order shuffled a bit. Hillary fell out of the top 1,000 names in 2009 and has not returned. At the time of a child's birth, parents supply the name to the agency when applying for a child's Social Security card, thus making Social Security America's source for the most popular baby names.


According to the Social Security Administration, the number of births in 2016 with name Donald was 621, which represented 0.031% of total male births in 2016. The agency first started creating the baby name list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880.

For boys, the named that skyrocketed in popularity was Kylo, as in Kylo Ren, a character in the 2015 movie, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Kehlani jumped 2,487 spots to No. 872. She was nominated for a Grammy in 2016 for her album "You Should Be Here".

Names on the rise for girls included Kaylani (a variation Kehlani), Royalty, Saoirse, Ophelia and Alessia.

The most popular baby names in 2015 in NY were Liam and Olivia.

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