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Social Security Administration releases most popular baby names list

16 May 2017, 09:29 | Muriel Sparks

Business Insider Andy Kiersz data from SSA

Business Insider  Andy Kiersz data from SSA

The most popular baby names of 2016 are out - just in time for Mother's Day.

Every year, the Administration releases a list of the top 1,000 names parents have chosen to name their children, and in 2016, the name Donald dropped from the 443rd spot to 488.

Emma and Noah are the United States' most popular baby names, according to a new report from the Social Security Administration. The fifth most popular name, Isabella, dominated in 2009 and 2010, around the same time as the peak popularity of the Twilight series and its protagonist Bella Swan.

Kehlani is the name of singer-songwriter Kehlani Parrish, who is increasing in mainstream popularity since releasing her debut album in January and having notable singles earlier. In general, she said, parents don't want to give their children names that might attract controversy. Only 621 boys were named Donald in 2016.

Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, but the first name Donald dipped to its lowest level of popularity for American babies ever, according to data from the Social Security Administration. The agency first started creating the baby name list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880.

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"It was inevitable. Caitlyn was already falling in popularity. Now it is suddenly controversial". The name Zayn also made the boys fastest riser list.

The top 10 baby names for girls stayed the same in 2016, though the order shuffled a bit. However, there has been a decided shift from the New Testament to the Old. - Jennifer Moss, founder of Babynames.com.

Its popularity has been waning in recent years, however.

With files from Lisa Yeung.



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