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SSA Most Popular Names of 2016

Hot off the presses!

The Most Popular U.S. Baby Names list for 2016 has been released by the Social Security Administration.

So who came out on top?

Rank Girls Boys
1 Emma Noah
2 Olivia Liam
3 Ava William
4 Sophia Mason
5 Isabella James
6 Mia Benjamin
7 Charlotte Jacob
8 Abigail Michael
9 Emily Elijah
10 Harper Ethan
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For another year, Emma finds itself the most popular girls name in the U.S.

On the girls side, 2nd place Olivia, 5th place Isabella, 6th place Mia and 10th place Harper stayed in place.

However, Ava moved from 4th place to 3rd, Sophia moved from 3rd place to 4th, Charlotte moved from 9th place to 7th, Abigail moved from 7th place to 8th and Emily moved from 8th place to 9th.

Holding firm from 2015, Noah remains the number one most popular boys name in the U.S.

On the boys list, 2nd place Liam didn't change rank.

On the flip side, William moved from 5th place to 3rd, Mason moved from 3rd place to 4th, James moved from 7th place to 5th, Benjamin moved from 10th place to 6th, Jacob moved from 4th place to 7th, Michael moved from 9th place to 8th, entering the top 10 Elijah moved from 11th place to 9th and Ethan moved from 6th place to 10th.

Leaving the top 10, Alexander dropped from 8th place to 11th.

Within the top 100 most popular girls names, Adeline, Luna, Kinsley, Eleanor and Quinn experienced the largest increase in ranking from 2015 to 2016. For the boys it was Bryson, Mateo, Leo, Lincoln and Theodore.

The greatest decrease in the top 100 was for the girls names Alexa, Kylie, Brianna, Arianna and Mackenzie. For the boys it was Brandon, Parker, Chase, Gavin and Kevin.

Within the top 1000 most popular girls names, Kehlani, Royalty, Saoirse, Ophelia and Aitana experienced the largest increase in ranking from 2015 to 2016. For the boys it was Kylo, Creed, Benicio, Adonis and Fox.

The greatest decrease in the top 1000 was for the girls names Kaelyn, Shayla, Farrah, Kaylin and Janessa. For the boys it was Braeden, Brantlee, Gannon, Blaze and Dwayne.

Overall for girls, Setareh, Westlyn, Jani, Rumaisa and Jeily experienced the largest increase in ranking from 2015 to 2016. For the boys it was Muadh, Taeden, Kaion, Tesla and Mansa.

The greatest decrease overall was for the girls names Zerina, Shamia, Uliana, Daylynn and Malillany. For the boys it was Treysen, Keir, Zakery, Marx and Markanthony.

To see more details about the changes in name popularity from 2015 to 2016, visit our 2016 Popular Names page and select the Order that interests you on the Search Form.