The Biggest Changes on the 2016 SSA Baby Names List

When 18-year-olds register as first-time voters in the 2034 USA congressional elections, numerous signatures will include the names Emma and Noah.

According to the Social Security Administration, the number of births in 2016 with name Donald was 621, which represented 0.031% of total male births in 2016.

With baby name trends ebbing and flowing over the decades, the agency also reported the names with the greatest change in popularity for 2016.

For boys, the top picks are Noah (which is the top boy's name four years running), Liam, William, Mason, and James.

2016 was the third year for Emma to come in as the most popular baby name for girls. 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. Elijah is new on the list (it was 11th last year) replacing Alexander (which is now at 11).

Other names seeing sharp declines in popularity include Jonael, Aaden, Triston, Freddy and Yaakov for boys and Neriah, Byranna, Kiley, Yaritza and Denise for girls. A look at the list of the top 1000 names reveals where things might be changing. To make room for them, some later, but once incredibly popular names like Kristen, Jenny, Denise, and Asia have now fallen out of the top 1000.

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The rise of Harry by 101 places to 679 may have something to do with Zayn's former bandmate Harry Styles, but could also have something to do with a resurgence of older, traditional names, some of which are back in the top 1000 after having disappeared for a while, including Ralph (now at 992), Alistair (at 882), and Howard (at 900).

In 1934, when Donald hit its apex as a name for American boys, 30,406 babies were named Donald. The shorter the bar, the less popular the name.

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

The force was strong for Kylo in 2016 as he soared 2,368 spots for the boys, from number 3,269 in 2015 to number 901.

Toward the end of the movie, Kylo kills his father, Han Solo.

The name Zayn also made the boys fastest riser list.

  • Adam Floyd