The Most Popular Baby Names Of 2017: Liam And Emma Top The List

By Tanya Diente, Parent Herald May 12, 07:44 am

The Social Security Administration has released its list of popular baby names for 2017 and Emma still topped the names for girls. Liam, on the other hand, took the number one spot from Noah for boys.

Girls Name

Emma remains as the favorite choice of name for girls since it took the number one spot in 2013. The name has not dropped from its standing in the past four successive years.

Following Emma on the second spot is Olivia, then Ava, Isabella, and Sophia, in that order. Royal aficionados may have also named their daughter after one of the famous names in the British royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, has a daughter named Charlotte, who recently celebrated her 3rd birthday on May 2. The name ranked seventh on the list.

Other girls' names include Amelia and Evelyn. This is the first time Amelia made it to the list and a long-time return for Evelyn since it appeared on the administration's record in 1915. It goes to show that parents are keeping up with the practice of naming their daughters after traditional names possibly coming from their relatives or grandmothers. Emily has been on the top 10 since 1990 but dropped to the 12th spot to give way for Abigail.

Boys Name

Meanwhile, on the male side, Liam knocked down Noah to the second spot last year. Liam has long been a strong contender against Noah in the past years. It slowly made its climb toward the number one spot when it reached top 10 in 2012. It reached second from 2014 to 2016.

Oliver and Logan are first-timers in the list and they made the ninth and fifth spot, respectively. William took the third spot followed by James. Benjamin, Mason, and Elijah grabbed the sixth, seventh, and eight spot, respectively. Jacob landed on the top 10.

Missing from the list of popular names for baby boys is Michael. The name maintained its top 10 spot on the list since World War II. For the first time, it dropped to the 12th.

This year, TV-inspired names are slowly creeping its way to the list. Fans of Keeping Up With the Kardashians named their daughter Dream after Rob and Blac Chyna's child, who was born in 2016. The name climbed 840 spots in 2017. Melania, clearly a nod at the U.S. First Lady, is also gaining momentum.

The Social Security Administration started compiling baby names in 1997 with names dating back to 1880. The administration noticed that in the recent years, pop-culture has a big influence on how parents name their children.

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