2016's Top 10 most popular baby names released

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In 2016, the top five names for boys were Noah, Liam, Mason, Jacob and William, while girl names including Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava and Isabella were the most popular.

According to Social Security, Emma and Noah are the most popular names in the United States.

Donald was the 488th most popular name for boys in 2016, its lowest rank since at least data collection began in 1900.

Kehlani rose 2,487 spots on the girls' side to number 872, from number 3,359 in 2015.

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.




At the time of a child's birth, parents supply the name to the agency when applying for a child's Social Security card, thus making Social Security the source for the most popular baby names. "Caitlyn was already falling in popularity".

Olympic Gold medalist Bruce Jenner announced in 2015 that she was a transgender woman and appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine donning her new name, Caitlyn Jenner. The name Adonis just happens to be the number four fastest riser on the list for boys. The 2016 list features some of the same names at the top.

But these effects can also be seen when less traditional names make a huge jump in popularity beyond the top 10.

"Elijah to our grandparents would be unimaginable", Wattenberg said. - Jennifer Moss, founder of Babynames.com. As a result, today's top names aren't almost as popular as the top names from 50 years ago.

With files from Lisa Yeung.

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