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Top baby names of 2016

Top baby names of 2016”

The third - and fourth - time's the charm for Emma and Noah.

The Social Security Administration is known for a lot of things, but one of its most popular and more pleasant features is its annual ranking of baby names, based on petitions for Social Security cards the previous year.

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

Emma and Noah top the country's baby name list for the third year in a row, according to the report. The only new name on the list is Elijah, which bumped Alexander from top 10 status. For the second half of the 20th century, Jessica, Ashley, Jennifer, Lisa and Mary each had their turns as parents' favorite names for girls.

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Pop stars also had an effect on boys' names.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 baby names of 2016.

The rise of Harry by 101 places to 679 may have something to do with Zayn's former bandmate Harry Styles, but could also have something to do with a resurgence of older, traditional names, some of which are back in the top 1000 after having disappeared for a while, including Ralph (now at 992), Alistair (at 882), and Howard (at 900).

For example, a little more than 19,000 baby boys were named Noah a year ago.

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"Once parents see that a name is super popular, they are going to start avoiding it", said Jennifer Moss, founder of Babynames.com.

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".

For girls, it was Kehlani, which jumped to No. 872 from 3,359.

Wattenberg recalled one grandparent saying Kylo "sounds like a brand of laundry detergent or toothpaste".

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The name Zayn also made the boys fastest riser list.



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