Classics keep top spots as most popular United States baby names

When 18-year-olds register as first-time voters in the 2034 US congressional elections, numerous signatures will include the names Emma and Noah. The Social Security Administration has released the data on what Americans named their babies in 2016, and at the top, it looks nearly exactly the same as past year. Frankie, Ayan, Camren, Deshawn and Jayvion were the least popular names for boys in 2016 while Janiya, Jocelynn, Libby, Princess and Sidney ranked the lowest for girls.

It's the fourth consecutive year Noah has claimed the top spot for boys.

In 2016, the top five names for boys were Noah, Liam, Mason, Jacob and William, while girl names including Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava and Isabella were the most popular.

Each year, the Social Security Administration releases the top 1,000 baby names. Hillary fell out of the top 1,000 names in 2009 and has not returned.

Pop stars also had an effect on boys' names. Since the now commander-in-chief started his campaign trail, the name Donald has decreased in popularity among new parents.

Names enjoying the biggest surge in popularity were Kylo, Creed, Benicio, Adonis and Fox for boys and Kehlani, Royalty, Saoirse, Ophelia and Aitana for girls.

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For boys in 2016, that name was Kylo, which rose from 3,359 in 2015 to 901 previous year. The shorter the bar, the less popular the name.

"Perhaps this can be attributed to Kehlani Parrish, a singer/songwriter who was nominated for a Grammy in 2016", the agency said. Other names from the 2015 film The Force Awakens that moved up were Finn and Leia.

For girls, it was Kehlani, which jumped to No. 872 from 3,359.

Toward the end of the movie, Kylo kills his father, Han Solo.

Although the name Donald is apparently growing in dislike among parents, the name Hillary didn't even make it on the Social Security Administration most recent list, which was released Friday.

  • Sonia Alvarado