Social Security Administration releases most popular baby names list

Posted May 16, 2017

The most popular name in a given year would receive the rank of "1".

Noah and Emma are extremely popular names for newborns.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has released its annual list of the most popular baby names.

Before Noah emerged as the top name for boys, parents favored another name from the Old Testament, Jacob, for the previous 14 years. For boys, Alexander fell off the list. For boys, the top go-to name for the past century has been James, followed by John, Robert, Michael and William. In fact, Hillary hasn't landed in the top 1,000 baby names ranking since Trump's opposing candidate ran for the White House for the first time in 2008. Characters on the HBO TV series "Girls" and CW series "The Originals" also bear the name. And if furry babies are more your thing, here is the AKC's list of the top dog names of 2016. It has been rising through the list since 2012, when the first "Hunger Games" film, starring Hemsworth, premiered.

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The top 10 baby names for girls stayed the same in 2016, though the order shuffled a bit.

For boys in 2016, that name was Kylo, which rose from 3,359 in 2015 to 901 past year.

Every year, the list reveals the effect of pop-culture on names - evident from the two names who saw the biggest jump in popularity from 2015 to 2016. Kehlani is a singer, songwriter and dancer who has collaborated with Chance the Rapper and Zayn. This could be attributed to the return to the silver screen of America's favorite boxer Rocky Balboa in the 2015 movie Creed, where Rocky trains and mentors Adonis Johnson Creed, the son of his late friend and boxing rival, Apollo Creed. Kehlani collaborated with Zayn Malik, the former One Direction star and current solo artist, on a song in 2016.

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