Social Security Administration releases most popular baby names list

Posted May 16, 2017

The two names topped the lists issued by the Social Security Administration of the most popular names given to USA -born girls and boys in 2016. The 2016 list features some of the same names at the top.

This is the third year in a row that Emma is the top name.

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

The top 10 baby names for girls stayed the same in 2016, though the order shuffled a bit. Hillary, the first name of Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, has not been in the top 1,000 since 2009. Like a name, Social Security is with you through life's journey, starting at birth when newborns receive their Social Security number.

With baby name trends ebbing and flowing over the decades, the agency also reported the names with the greatest change in popularity for 2016.

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".

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For girls, the name Kehlani jumped from 3,359 in 2015 to 872 in 2016.

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The second fastest riser for girls was Royalty.

As for other names in the headlines, the data showed Donald, as in President Donald Trump, fell 45 spots a year ago to No. 488.

Caitlyn placed in the top 500 in 2014 and in the top 600 in 2015, but in 2016, Caitlyn and the other three versions- Caitlin, Katelynn and Kaitlynn-didn't appear in the top 1,000 baby names at all.