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The Top Baby Names Of 2016 (Including The Top 100 By State)

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

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Drumroll, please…the Social Security Administration’s roundup of the most popular names of the year is here. And, if it tickles your fancy, you can also see which 100 monikers rank highest by state by clicking this link.

While there are many baby name lists out there, this annual version tallies up the monikers on all U.S. birth certificates from the year prior, showcasing naming trends for the masses, versus micro-trends happening in smaller circles.

Which names ruled 2016, statewide? Perhaps not surprisingly, last year’s Top 10 are still ranking super high, with just a slight re-shuffle. On the boys’ side, Noah and Liam stayed in their #1 and #2 spots, respectively. Meanwhile, Elijah broke into the Top 10 and William, James, Benjamin, and Michael rose in their ranks. Mason, Jacob, and Ethan fell a tiny bit, and Alexander dropped out of the Top 10 altogether.

On the girls’ side, the number 1 and 2 spots (Emma and Olivia) stayed the same and spots 3 and 4 (now Ava and Sophia) swapped places compared to last year. Isabella (5), Mia (6), and Harper (10) held their positions, and Charlotte, Abigail, and Emily just shuffled positions a bit, making the Top 10 girls list almost identical to the 2015 rankings.

Check out the Top 10 lists for both genders below, and stay tuned for the big Top 100 list once the government releases it this summer.

1. Noah
2. Liam
3. William
4. Mason
5. James
6. Benjamin
7. Jacob
8. Michael
9. Elijah
10. Ethan

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

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