The List Is In: Can You Guess 2016's Most Popular Baby Names?

May 15, 2017 at 11:44 a.m. ET
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We wait for the annual Social Security Administration's list of most popular baby names with almost as much excitement as we await the coming of the teeny Bey-Jay twin demigods. The list for 2016 is finally out — see what you think. Any surprises?

Baby name trends are a fascinating study. Some names come and go — poof! — while others seem determined to stick around for decades. Then there's always what we like to refer to as the Code Jennifer situation. We poor Jennifers all seem to have had mothers who had never met another kid with the name and thought they were being super-original until we came home from school and told our parents we were one of seven Jennifers in our grade. How does that happen?

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This year's list held a few little surprises for us, but nothing too crazy. We weren't a bit shocked that Sophia, Olivia and Isabella are still reigning supreme, but we thought Emily might have exhausted her 15 minutes of fame (nope). And as for boys, well, we have met a lot of Noahs and Liams lately, but we didn't guess those two names were at the tippy-top of the list. Seems like the Kardashians and the British royals both have some serious baby name influence too (Mason, William, Charlotte).

Top 10 girls' names for 2016

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Sophia
  5. Isabella
  6. Mia
  7. Charlotte
  8. Abigail
  9. Emily
  10. Harper

Top 10 boys' names for 2016

  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. William
  4. Mason
  5. James
  6. Benjamin
  7. Jacob
  8. Michael
  9. Elijah
  10. Ethan

The most notable loser in 2016? Poor Caitlyn (and Caitlin, Katelynn and Kaitlynn.) All four variants of the name plummeted from the top 1,000 baby names in 2016.

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The most surprising rise? Kylo shot into the top 1,000 with an impressive rank of 901. Yes, that Kylo — as in Ren, the dude who killed his dad in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Seems an odd choice to name your kid after a patricidal maniac, but hey, to each their own.

The whole list from the Social Security Administration can be found here. You can even search the SSA site to see top baby names by state, decade or change in popularity. Pretty cool.