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The top baby names in the US for 2017

The annual list of most popular baby names in the US has been released and some of the big winners may surprise you.

The top baby names in the US for 2017

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The parents have spoken: Emma holds onto her place as the top baby girl name in the US—for the fourth year in a row— and over on the boy's side, Liam takes that slot over from Noah, who moved just one notch down.

The annual list of the most popular baby names, released by the Social Security Administration today, includes 1,000 top names, and some are perennial favorites. For example, the top three girls names remain the same as last year, with Olivia and Ava coming in second and third. There are a few changes though: Isabella bested Sophia for the number four spot, and two newcomers joined the top 10: Amelia (8) and Evelyn (9).

Apologies to Emily and Harper, who got bumped off of the top ten list this year (but just barely, since they're 12th and 11th, respectively.) Oh and by the way, if the variations in spelling for Sophia/Sofia (15) were grouped together, they'd actually surpass Emma for first place.

Here are the top 10 baby girl names: 1. Emma 2. Olivia 3. Ava 4. Isabella 5. Sophia 6. Mia 7. Charlotte 8. Amelia 9. Evelyn 10. Abigail

For boys, Liam and Noah were trailed by William and James—both very regal names. There are also two new entries to the top 10: Logan and Oliver, sending Michael and Ethan out of the 10, and Jacob moved to number 10.

Here are the top 10 baby boy names: 1. Liam 2. Noah 3. William 4. James 5. Logan 6. Benjamin 7. Mason 8. Elijah 9. Oliver 10. Jacob

One name that soared in popularity may be influenced by the current U.S. administration: the name Melania went from number 1650 to number 930, a huge bump for the moniker of the American first lady.

Another fast riser in the female group: the unique Ensley, zooming to number 965, from 2.426 in 2016. The big mover for boys is Wells, claiming spot 915 (last year it was 1,419)—perhaps due to a contestant on The Bachelorette with the same name. Another name on the move is Dream (from 1668 to 828), which is the name Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna chose for their daughter in 2016.


The list of the top baby names in Canada comes out next week—will Emma and Liam reign supreme here too?

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