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SSA Most Popular Names of 2014

The results are in!

The Social Security Administration has released the most popular U.S. baby name data for 2014.

So what names made the top 10?

Rank Girls Boys
1 Emma Noah
2 Olivia Liam
3 Sophia Mason
4 Isabella Jacob
5 Ava William
6 Mia Ethan
7 Emily Michael
8 Abigail Alexander
9 Madison James
10 Charlotte Daniel
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Within the top 10 most popular girls names of 2014, 9 out of the 10 names also made the top ten 2013 list. Only the tenth place finisher from last year, Elizabeth fell out of the top ten.

After holding on to first place for three years in a row, Sophia has dropped to third place. Last year's second place finisher, Emma, gracefully moved into second place with over 20,000 baby girls given the name. The name Olivia also moved up a notch from third place in 2013 to second place in 2014. The fourth through ninth top ten 2014 girls names are the same as 2013, Isabella, Ava, Mia, Emily, Abigail and Madison. Last years tenth place girls name Elizabeth dropped from the top ten moving into the fourteenth position for 2014. Taking it's place in the tenth position for 2014, by coincidence, is the name of the newest British royal, Charlotte.

Within the top 10 most popular boys names of 2014, like the girls, 9 out of the 10 names also made the top ten 2013 list. In this case it was the ninth place name of 2013, Jayden that fell from the top ten most popular names.

For the second year in a row, Noah took the first place slot, and Liam the second. The name Jacob moved down from third to fourth place and the name Mason moved up to third place from fourth. The fifth through eigth slots remained the same from 2013 with William, Ethan, Michael and Alexander. Jayden moved out of the ninth slot being replaced by James with over 14,000 baby boys given the name. Rounding out the top 10 most popular boys names of 2014 is Daniel, which earned the spot for the third time in the last four years.

Within the top 100 most popular girls names, the names that showed the greatest increase in ranking from 2013 to 2014 included Nora, Eleanor, Paisley, Skylar and Annabelle. For the top 100 most popular boys names it was Oliver, Leo, Grayson Sebastian and Asher.

The greatest decrease was for the girls names Ashley, Alyssa, Alexis, Navaeh and Taylor. For the boys it was Brayden, Justin, Gavin, Zachary and Blake.

Within the top 1000 most popular girls names, the names that showed the greatest increase in ranking from 2013 to 2014 included Aranza, Montserrat, Monserrat, Maisie and Zendaya. For the top 1000 most popular boys names it was Bode, Axl, Gannon, Bodie and Royal.

The greatest decrease was for the girls names Miley, Sherlyn, Amya, Estrella and Diamond. For the boys it was Amare, Jair, Dwayne, Sylas, Kale.

For all names provided, the girls names that showed the greatest increase in ranking included Zoejane, Aleyza, Mikela, Eevee and Yuritza. For the boys it was Jameis, Zyere, Zimri, Oaklen and Rohen.

To see more details about the changes in name popularity from 2013 to 2014, visit our 2014 Popular Names page and select the Order that interests you on the Search Form.


The data is based on applications for Social Security cards and represents 100% of all records through the end of February 2015.

The Administration keeps records dating back to 1880, but it should be noted that many people born prior to 1937 never applied for a Social Security card, so their names are not included in the data.

The Social Security Administration provides data for all names that have at least 5 occurrences within a gender.

We provide the top 1000 names for each year including rank, number of occurrences, percentage of occurrences and change in rank and number of occurrences from the previous year.

Check out this year's data on our 2014 Most Popular Baby Names page.

For each name for which the administration provides information, we provide popularity data from 1880 until the most recent year in both chart and table formats. You can also compare the popularity of two names.