Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
IT&Software | By Jimmie Castillo

Top baby names of 2016

Top baby names of 2016

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.

Noah and Emma are extremely popular names for newborns.

Noah was the most popular boys name for the fourth consecutive year, while Emma was the most popular girls name for the third consecutive year.

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.

The force was strong for Kylo in 2016 as he soared 2,368 spots for the boys, from number 3,269 in 2015 to number 901.

Kehlani holds the highest popularity increase for female births from 2015 to 2016, up 2,487 spots to 872. Kylo Ren, a character introduced in the 2015 film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", is (spoiler!) the troubled son of Princess Leia and Han Solo who leans toward the Dark Side of the Force to emulate his grandfather Darth Vader.

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Last year, it fell 542 spots - the biggest drop of any name - to No. 1,151. Only 621 boys were named Donald in 2016. "In part, we just want to avoid controversy in picking names". John is now No. 28 and Mary has fallen to No. 127.

The only significant change in 2016 was that Alexander fell off the boys' list, and Elijah made the list for the first time.

But these effects can also be seen when less traditional names make a huge jump in popularity beyond the top 10.

Baby-naming experts said parents have long used biblical names for their children. - Jennifer Moss, founder of

For example, a little more than 19,000 baby boys were named Noah previous year.

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