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Top Ten Baby Names of 2016

WATCH | The Social Security Administration released its annual "Top 10 Most Popular Baby Names" list.


For the third year in a row, Emma is the most popular girl's name in the United States, according to the Social Security Administration. Similarly, Noah stole the top spot as most popular boy's name for the fourth year in a row. 

There were some, but not much, changes to the list from previous years, CNN noted. For boys, Alexander fell off the list while William and Mason increased in popularity. For girls, Charlotte became more prevalent.

Pop culture influence tends to affect the annual list. For example, Elijah broke into the list for the first time. Notable Elijahs include actor Elijah Wood and Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland. Characters on the HBO TV series "Girls" and CW series "The Originals" also bear the name.

Liam also remains the second most popular name for boys, perhaps a tribute to actor Liam Hemsworth, who is known for his "Hunger Games" stint. The name has been rising through the ranks since 2012 when the first "Hunger Games" film debuted. 

Some unorthodox names also experienced big jumps. For boys, that was Kylo, which rose from 3,359 to 901. That may be thanks to Kylo Ren, a character introduced in the 2015 film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

For girls, Kehlani jumped from 3,359 to 972. The year 2016 was big for singer, songwriter and dancer Kehlani, who collaborated with Chance the Rapper and Zayn. She was nominated for a Grammy last year for her album "You Should Be Here."

Perhaps, thankfully, the election didn't affect parents' decision in naming their children. There were no major changes in the rankings of Donald or Hillary. 

The Social Security Administration is able to share its annual list because parents provide children's names when they apply for Social Security cards. The federal agency began releasing its baby name list by gender in 1997, but has been collecting names dating 1880.

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