Social Security Administration releases most popular baby names list

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Whether you've got a little girl on the way and need some baby-naming inspiration or you're curious about how popular your choice is with other parents, look no further: The Social Security office has just released its annual list of most popular baby names of the year!

But a warm welcome is in order for the name Elijah, which broke into the list for the first time.

Emma is the most popular girls' name in the United States, and Noah took the top spot for boys.

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 the source for the most popular baby names. Hillary, the first name of Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, has not been in the top 1,000 since 2009.

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.


Perhaps the Kansas City Royals, who won the 2015 World Series, are the inspiration behind Royalty, according to the Social Security Administration. And if furry babies are more your thing, here is the AKC's list of the top dog names of 2016.

The name Kylo could be inspired by Kylo Ren, a character from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". 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. Zayn was another boys' name on the rise, after the former One Direction member and now solo artist.

The agency also lists the baby names that increase - and decrease - the most in popularity.

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

The bar graph below shows the popularity of the name "Donald" since 2000.

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