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Social Security Announces Top Ten Baby Names for 2016

Social Security Announces Top Ten Baby Names for 2016


By: Jackie

Social Security Announces Top Ten Baby Names for 2016

Looking for a name for your baby and want to find out what names are popular (or not popular)? Your BBB® follows the latest news from the Social Security Administration (SSA), and in a May 12, 2017, Press Release the SSA revealed the names. Visit to find out the popularity of a baby name over the past 100 years and the most popular names by state.

You can also take a fun “What’s Your Perfect Baby Name?” quiz to help future parents come up with baby names. In addition to keeping track of baby names, the SSA provides information for parents on important topics such as “Social Security Numbers for Children” and “Benefits for Children with Disabilities” in the Kids and Families section.

Now to the top 10 baby names for 2016:

Rank Male Name Female Name
1 Noah Emma
2 Liam Olivia
3 William Ava
4 Mason Sophia
5 James Isabella
6 Benjamin Mia
7 Jacob Charlotte
8 Michael Abigail
9 Elijah Emily
10 Ethan Harper

Another interesting way to look at the data is to see how far a particular name jumps in popularity in the Top 1,000. For girls in 2016, the name Kehlani jumped 2,487 spots from number 3,359 to number 872. For boys in 2016, the name Kylo rose 2,368 spots from number 3,269 to number 901. The second fastest riser for girls was the name Royalty and for boys the name Creed.

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Jackie is the Operations and Education Foundation Assistant with the BBB. She assists consumers with business inquiries, and does presentations to senior groups and high school students. She is a regular contributor to the blog.