The Top 50 Baby Names of 2016

In the 1920s, the most popular baby names were John and Mary. In the 1960s, Lisa and Michael soared to the top of the list, but "Jacob" and "Emily" had taken their place as number one baby names by the time the 2000s rolled around. So what's next in the baby name trends? We looked at data from the Social Security Administration to find out.

Every year, the SSA publishes a list of the top 1,000 baby names in the U.S. using data from Social Security card applications. Over the last decade, Isabella, Sophia, and Emma have been battling for the title for most popular girl names, while Noah and Jacob fight for number one in the male names category.

Last month, the SSA revealed the most recent batch of top contenders. Here are the 50 most popular male and female baby names for 2016.


Emma has been the most popular female name since 2014 and continued to hold its number one spot in 2016. Likewise, Noah has been the most popular boy's name since 2013 and continued to rank as the number one male baby name in 2016.

Along with the most popular names, the SSA published data on the change in baby name popularity from 2015 - 2016. Though it didn't make the list, "Kehlani" saw a dramatic increase in popularity as a girl's name within the last year, rising from spot 3,359 to 872. "Kylo" saw a significant increase in popularity as a male name, soaring from 3,269 to 901.


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