Classics on the rise among most popular US baby names

By Andrea Diaz

Published June 6, 2018

It looks like the name Emma will not go out of style anytime soon. It’s the No. 1 name for girls for the fourth year in a row on the Social Security Administration’s annual list of most popular US baby names.

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For boys, Liam took the top spot from Noah, which also had reigned for four consecutive years.

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The list showed some other big changes: Michael is no longer among the top 10 boys’ names. It had been in the top 10 since World War II.

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Likewise, Emily, which had been in the top 10 for girls since 1990, dropped to No. 12.

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For girls, Amelia debuted in the top 10, and Evelyn appeared for the first time since 1915. Logan and Oliver were first timers in the boys’ top 10.

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Melania, the name of the US first lady, didn’t make the top 10, but was the fifth-fastest-rising name for girls. President Trump’s first name, Donald, didn’t make the list of most popular names for boys, though.

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The name Dream, which celebrities Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna gave to their daughter, was the third-fastest-rising girls’ name.


The name Nova was a fast riser for boys, possibly inspired by the Villanova University Wildcats’ 2016 NCAA men’s basketball championship.

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Most popular names for US girls in 2017

  1. Emma

  2. Olivia

  3. Ava

  4. Isabella

  5. Sophia

  6. Mia

  7. Charlotte

  8. Amelia

  9. Evelyn

  10. Abigail

Most popular names for US boys in 2017

  1. Liam

  2. Noah

  3. William

  4. James

  5. Logan

  6. Benjamin

  7. Mason

  8. Elijah

  9. Oliver

  10. Jacob

Parents provide names to the Social Security Administration when they apply for cards. The SSA has published baby name lists since 1997.