Emma and Noah remain Social Security's most popular baby names for 2016

Posted May 16, 2017

The most popular names for babies born in the USA for 2016 have been released.

When 18-year-olds register as first-time voters in the 2034 US congressional elections, numerous signatures will include the names Emma and Noah.

In fact, in 2016, the name Donald dropped 45 spots below its 2015 baby name ranking, according to the Social Security Administration's yearly Popular Names list.

The most popular baby names for 2016 are pretty familiar: Noah for boys and Emma for girls.

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The Social Security Administration started compiling name rankings in 1997, and have popularity lists that date back to 1880, utilizing the records of each child's Social Security card petition for the most accurate rankings. Kylo jumped 2,368 spots to No. 901. For girls, the name Kehlani skyrocketed from 3,359th in 2015, to 872nd in 2016, likely thanks to the Grammy-nominated singer of the same name, as did the name Royalty. Parents appear to be making something old - new again. Kylo Ren, the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia and the grandson of Darth Vader, was a character in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Names after political figures overall didn't seem to be big hits with parents.

"Even parents who are huge Donald Trump supporters are unlikely to name their child Donald", Wattenberg said. John is now listed at number 28 and Mary has dropped down to 127.

The top 10 baby names for girls stayed the same in 2016, though the order shuffled a bit. The only new name on the list is Elijah, which bumped Alexander from top 10 status. - Jennifer Moss, founder of Babynames.com. In 1966, about 80,000 babies were named Michael, the top name for baby boys that year.