The Social Security Administration releases most popular baby names of 2016

Posted May 16, 2017

Emma was the top baby name for girls for the third year in a row.

Noah and Emma are extremely popular names for newborns.

The Social Security Administration released its list of 2016's most popular baby names on Friday, along with information on which names are becoming more popular and which are falling out of favor.

Overall, the top 10 most popular names for boys and girls didn't change much from the year before.

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At the time of a child's birth, parents supply the name to the agency when applying for a child's Social Security card, thus making Social Security the source for the most popular baby names.

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.

Every year, the list reveals the effect of pop-culture on names - evident from the two names who saw the biggest jump in popularity from 2015 to 2016.

The name Kylo could be inspired by Kylo Ren, a character from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". "In part, we just want to avoid controversy in picking names".

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Olympic Gold medalist Bruce Jenner announced in 2015 that she was a transgender woman and appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine donning her new name, Caitlyn Jenner. John is now listed at number 28 and Mary has dropped down to 127. The 2016 list features some of the same names at the top.

Here is a closer look at the rest of the Top 10.

Baby-naming experts said parents have long used biblical names for their children.

"Once parents see that a name is super popular, they are going to start avoiding it".

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With files from Lisa Yeung.