2017-05-19 / Neighbors

Emma, Noah top names list

Emma and Noah are America’s most popular baby names, for the third year in a row.

This marks the fourth year at No. 1 for Noah and the third for Emma.

There is only one new name in the top 10 this year—Elijah— the first time it has ever reached the most-popular tier.

Here are the top 10 boys’ and girls’ names for 2016, according to Social Security:

Boys: Noah, Liam, William, Mason, James, Benjamin, Jacob, Michael, Elijah and Ethan.

Girls: Emma, Olivia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Charlotte, Abigail, Emily and Harper.

The agency began compiling the baby name list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880. At the time of a child’s birth, parents supply the name to the agency when applying for a child’s Social Security card.

This year’s winners for biggest jump in popularity in the top 1,000 are Kehlani and Kylo.

Kehlani rose to number 872 from number 3,359 in 2015. This may be attributed to Kehlani Parrish, a singer-songwriter who was nominated for a Grammy in 2016.

For boys, Kylo soared from number 3,269 in 2015 to number 901. 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.”

Perhaps Kylo can continue to harness the force and climb even higher in the coming years.

The second-fastest riser for girls was Royalty.

For boys, it was Creed, which could be attributed to the return to the silver screen of boxer Rocky Balboa in the 2015 movie “Creed,” where Rocky trains Adonis Johnson Creed, the son of his late boxing rival Apollo Creed.

The name Adonis is the No. 4 fastest riser on the list for boys.

For a look at the top baby names of 2016, go to www.socialsecurity.gov.

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