These Were The Most Popular Baby Names Of 2016
- Author: Megan Austin May 14, 2017,
May 14, 2017, 2:40
The top baby names that year were John and Mary.
Rounding out the top 10 list of baby boys' names in 2016 were Liam, William, Mason, James, Benjamin, Jacob, Michael, Elijah and Ethan.
Emma is the most popular girls' name in the United States, and Noah took the top spot for boys. Donald was the 13th-most popular boys name in the country that year.
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 Social Security 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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The name has been decreasing in popularity since 2000. Neither Hillary nor Hilary appeared among the top 1,000 names in 2016.
Names enjoying the biggest surge in popularity were Kylo, Creed, Benicio, Adonis and Fox for boys and Kehlani, Royalty, Saoirse, Ophelia and Aitana for girls.
For example, a little more than 19,000 baby boys were named Noah previous year. The shorter the bar, the less popular the name. Other names from the 2015 film The Force Awakens that moved up were Finn and Leia. Perhaps this can be attributed to Kehlani Parrish, a singer/songwriter who was nominated for a Grammy in 2016. Kehlani jumped 2,487 spots to No. 872. But the older participants would have none of it.
The name Kylo follows another trend: Villains are now more popular than heroes, Wattenberg said.
But these effects can also be seen when less traditional names make a huge jump in popularity beyond the top 10.