The Social Security Administration releases most popular baby names of 2016

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14 May, 2017

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

If there's one thing Utah, and Utah County in particular, are known for, it's the abundance of babies buoying up the population each year, making the ranking of particular interest locally. A look at the list of the top 1000 names reveals where things might be changing.

As the AP notes, the name Hillary dropped out of the list's top 1,000 spots in 2009 and hasn't returned, while Donald dropped 45 spots past year to No. 488.

Emma was the most popular name for baby girls for the third year in a row, although its frequency has been slowly declining and it maintains only a narrow lead over second-place Olivia.

Noah, Liam, and William topped the list for boys.

The most popular 21st century names for girls before 2014 were Sophia, Isabella and Emily. The boys' name ranked 437 in 2016, about where it's been every year for the last decade.

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Pop stars also had an effect on boys' names. To make room for them, some later, but once incredibly popular names like Kristen, Jenny, Denise, and Asia have now fallen out of the top 1000.

Before Noah emerged as the top name for boys, parents favored another name from the Old Testament, Jacob, for the previous 14 years.

For girls, the name Kehlani jumped from 3,359 in 2015 to 872 in 2016. Perhaps this can be attributed to Kehlani Parrish, a singer/songwriter who was nominated for a Grammy in 2016. Kylo Ren, the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia and the grandson of Darth Vader, was a character in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The name Kylo follows another trend: Villains are now more popular than heroes, Wattenberg said.

The name Zayn also made the boys fastest riser list.


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