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There’s a Brand-New Entry in the Top 10 Most Popular Baby Names — & Some Surprising Fast-Risers

The most popular baby names of the last year are officially in! Every year — minus a brief pandemic pause, because COVID sucks — the United States Social Security Administration releases its data on the baby names America can’t get enough of. Unsurprisingly, there’s not a ton of change year-over-year; it’s the five- and ten-year comparisons where you tend to see the most dramatic alterations. The most recent data (for 2022, since the 2023 data won’t come in until the first part of next year) was not much different than it has been in the past few years. For boys, the name Liam reigned supreme for the sixth year in a row; for girls, Olivia was the clear favorite for the fourth year.

Excitingly, though, there was one new pick that managed to break into the top 10 most popular baby names: Luna! In mythology, the goddess Luna embodies the moon, so it’s a powerful choice. (But it’s not just a prime pick for human babies; according to the American Kennel Club, Luna is the most popular name for dogs this year!)

The SSA even released a video to announce the news, with Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, sharing the most popular baby names.


Giving us a glimpse of not only the names people love best, but also the hottest new up-and-comers, the SSA also released data on the fastest-rising names in popularity over the last year — and it’s a tantalizing preview of the trends people are gravitating toward. Let’s check out the 10 baby names for boys and girls that had the biggest boost in popularity last year.

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