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Here Are The Most Popular Names of 2017 According to the Government

Liam, Emma, Noah, and Olivia don't look to be going anywhere.


The Social Security Administration recently announced the most popular baby names of 2017. The names on the list, which is the most official of the myriad lists released annually, are a little different from BabyCenter’s famed top 100 list — though there are a few crossovers. The long and the short of it, people seem to be liking the sound of the letter A, leaning towards shorter names for boys, and embracing very feminine names for girls.

The 10 Most Popular Names For Boys, with the Baby Center listing in parenthesis

  1. Liam (Jackson)
  2. Noah (Liam)
  3. William (Noah)
  4. James (Aiden)
  5. Logan (Lucas)
  6. Benjamin (Caden)
  7. Mason (Grayson)
  8. Elijah (Mason)
  9. Oliver (Elijah)
  10. Jacob (Logan)

The 10 Most Popular Names For Girls, with the Baby Center listing in parenthesis

  1. Emma (Sophia)
  2. Olivia (Olivia)
  3. Ava (Emma)
  4. Isabella (Ava)
  5. Sophia (Isabella)
  6. Mia (Mia)
  7. Charlotte (Aria)
  8. Amelia (Riley)
  9. Evelyn (Zoe)
  10. Abigail (Amelia)

Whereas the BabyCenter and government lists are largely the same — albeit reordered — for girls, they are significantly different for boys. Not many Jacksons, Aidens, Lucases (Luci?), or Graysons made their way into Social Security Administration databasese.

Interestingly, names for girls that were really popular in 2016, including Aurora, Arabella, and Isla, have completely fallen out of the top 10. For boys, the top names changed as well. Ezra, Asher, Declan, Atticus, Milo, Levi, Silas, Jack, and Jasper all rounded out the list in 2016. Oliver is the sole name to remain in the top 10. Names will likely change again soon as social trends push naming conventions. On the whole, more parents (especially millennials) are electing to give their kids gender neutral names like Harper, Frankie, Justice, or Charlie. Those names have largely not cracked the top 10, but they are rising through the ranks.