Classics keep top spots as most popular United States baby names

Business Insider  Andy Kiersz data from SSA

Business Insider Andy Kiersz data from SSA

In fact, the top 10 list of names for girls contains all of the same names as last year's list.

Noah has held that top spot four times overall, while Emma three times.

Emma was the most popular name for baby girls for the third year in a row, although its frequency has been slowly declining and it maintains only a narrow lead over second-place Olivia.

The Social Security Administration is the source for the ranking because parents give their children's name when they apply for social security cards.

For girls, it was Kehlani, which jumped to No. 872 from 3,359.


The biggest gainer among boys" names was Kylo, which vaulted to No. 901 from 3,269."Kylo Ren, the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia and the grandson of Darth Vader, was a character in the 2015 film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens, '" it noted. In general, she said, parents don't want to give their children names that might attract controversy.

Olympic Gold medalist Bruce Jenner announced in 2015 that she was a transgender woman and appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine donning her new name, Caitlyn Jenner. John is now No. 28 and Mary has fallen to No. 127.

Here is a closer look at the rest of the Top 10.

The only significant change in 2016 was that Alexander fell off the boys' list, and Elijah made the list for the first time. However, there has been a decided shift from the New Testament to the Old.

Its popularity has been waning in recent years, however. In 1966, about 80,000 babies were named Michael, the top name for baby boys that year.

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