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It's Official: See the Most Popular Baby Names

Good Housekeeping logo Good Housekeeping 5/14/2018 Megan Friedman

The Social Security Administration released its list of the official most popular baby names in the United States for the year 2017. Liam and Emma topped the list.: It's Official: See the Most Popular Baby Names © Getty Images It's Official: See the Most Popular Baby Names Teachers should prepare for a classroom full of Liams and Emmas in a few years. The Social Security Administration officially released its list of popular baby names from 2017, and those two names won the annual popularity contest.

This was the first year that Liam topped the charts, edging out 2016’s winner, Noah, which was bumped to second place. And it’s also the first year since World War II that Michael didn’t have a spot in the top 10; it’s now at number 12 instead. Logan and Oliver both made the list for the first time ever.

Related: 10 Baby Names Destined for Success [Provided by Good Housekeeping]


The girls’ names also made some historic changes, but not at the top, as Emma ranked number one for the fourth year in a row. But Emily got kicked out of the top 10 for the first time since 1990. Amelia is now on the top 10 for the first time ever, and Evelyn made the list for the first time since 1915. “These traditional names show parents are keeping up the trend of naming daughters after grandmothers,” the Social Security Administration noted in a press release.

As usual, celebrities had an influence in baby names last year. The fastest-rising boys’ name was Wells, which might be because of Wells Adams, a contestant on The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. The name Melania is also rising in popularity for girls, which shows the first lady’s influence. And the Kardashian effect was in full force, with more parents naming their children Dream, like Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna did in 2016.

Check out the 10 most popular boys’ and girls’ names, and see more data on baby names at the Social Security Administration’s website.

The Most Popular Boys’ Names:

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. James
  5. Logan
  6. Benjamin
  7. Mason
  8. Elijah
  9. Oliver
  10. Jacob

The Most Popular Girls’ Names:

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

Related: Evelyn, William Top Most Popular Baby Names In 2017 [Provided by CBS Minnesota]



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