Top baby names of 2016

Posted May 16, 2017

Emma was the top baby name for girls for the third year in a row.

Only one new name cracked the top 10 for both boys and girls this year, and that's Elijah - making its way to the top ten for the first time ever.

Emma and Noah again top the list of the most popular baby names in the United States.

The rest of the top 10 for girls, in order: Olivia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Charlotte, Abigail, Emily and Harper. And if furry babies are more your thing, here is the AKC's list of the top dog names of 2016.

The biggest gainer among boys" names was Kylo, which vaulted to No. 901 from 3,269."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, '" it noted.

For girls, the name Kehlani jumped from 3,359 in 2015 to 872 in 2016.

Kehlani is the name of singer-songwriter Kehlani Parrish, who is increasing in mainstream popularity since releasing her debut album in January and having notable singles earlier. "In part, we just want to avoid controversy in picking names".

"Even parents who are huge Donald Trump supporters are unlikely to name their child Donald", Wattenberg said.

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The Social Security Administration is the source for the ranking because parents give their children's name when they apply for social security cards. "Caitlyn was already falling in popularity".

The agency began compiling the baby name list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880.

The drop comes a year after Caitlyn Jenner announced her new name and gender. John is now listed at number 28 and Mary has dropped down to 127.

Also, parents are getting more creative in naming the little ones.

Its popularity has been waning in recent years, however.

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

With files from Lisa Yeung.