What’s in a name? Social Security releases top baby names

Every year the Social Security Administration releases a list of the most popular baby names from the previous year, based on requests for Social Security numbers. It’s always interesting to see which names are rising/falling in popularity, how pop culture is affecting name choices and what classic names are holding steady in the rankings.

The top ten most popular boy names in 2018 were:

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. James
  5. Oliver
  6. Benjamin
  7. Elijah
  8. Lucas
  9. Mason
  10. Logan

And the top ten names for baby girls were:

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabella
  5. Sophia
  6. Charlotte
  7. Mia
  8. Amelia
  9. Harper
  10. Evelyn

The Social Security Administration’s website has a fun feature allowing you to view the popularity of baby names by year, decade, state, etc. You can also search for your own name and see how popular it was in the year you were born. Check it out here!

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