Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Industry | By Faith Ward

'Star Wars' influences top baby names; Caitlyn plunges in popularity

'Star Wars' influences top baby names; Caitlyn plunges in popularity

For boys, the most common name, Noah, has steadily gained in popularity since 2007, while the second-most popular name, Liam, has had a much sharper rise from just the 89th most popular name in that year.

Noah and Emma are extremely popular names for newborns.

The Social Security Administration is known for a lot of things, but one of its most popular and more pleasant features is its annual ranking of baby names, based on petitions for Social Security cards the previous year. So, the higher the number, the less popular the name.

The Social Security Administration compiles the baby names list is based on the names that parents in the USA chose for their babies born in 2016.

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

But sometimes old is new: Emma was the third most popular name in 1880. In fact, Hillary hasn't landed in the top 1,000 baby names ranking since Trump's opposing candidate ran for the White House for the first time in 2008. Music fans will recognize Kehlani from artist Kehlani Parrish, and Star Wars fans will remember Kylo from "The Force Awakens".

Last year, it fell 542 spots - the biggest drop of any name - to No. 1,151. In general, she said, parents don't want to give their children names that might attract controversy. John is now No. 28 and Mary has fallen to No. 127. As a result, today's top names aren't almost as popular as the top names from 50 years ago.

But these effects can also be seen when less traditional names make a huge jump in popularity beyond the top 10. In 1966, about 80,000 babies were named Michael, the top name for baby boys that year.

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