Top baby names of 2016

Posted May 14, 2017

Noah was the most popular boys name for the fourth consecutive year, while Emma was the most popular girls name for the third consecutive year. The top baby names that year were John and Mary. The Social Security Administration has released the data on what Americans named their babies in 2016, and at the top, it looks nearly exactly the same as a year ago. It was followed by Liam, William, Mason and James. Donald dropped out of the top 100 for the first time in 1991 and fell out of the top 200 in 2000.

Other names seeing sharp declines in popularity include Jonael, Aaden, Triston, Freddy and Yaakov for boys and Neriah, Byranna, Kiley, Yaritza and Denise for girls.

The popularity of the names, as determined by Social Security Administration data, is based on approximately 4 million births in the USA for 2016.

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The name Zayn also made the boys fastest riser list.

For boys in 2016, that name was Kylo, which rose from 3,359 in 2015 to 901 a year ago. Kehlani jumped 2,487 spots to No. 872. For girls, it was Kehlani, as in Kehlani Parrish, a singer and songwriter nominated for a Grammy in 2016. 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. Only 621 boys were named Donald in 2016.

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

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In fact, the four names that dropped the most were all variations of the same name: Caitlin, Caitlyn, Katelynn and Kaitlynn.

The top 10 baby names for girls stayed the same in 2016, though the order shuffled a bit. In general, she said, parents don't want to give their children names that might attract controversy. Elijah is new on the list (it was 11th last year) replacing Alexander (which is now at 11).

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