Noah and Emma top the 2015 list of popular names for babies

Emily had a 12-year run, but didn't make a dent in Mary's reign at the top of the annual lists of the most popular name chosen for girls in the United States during the past 100 years. Mary topped the list for 39 years (1916-46 and 1953-1962), Jennifer for 15 years (in the 70s and 80s) and Emily for a dozen years straight (2000-2011). Since 2009, Emma, Olivia, and Sophie have been in the top three, switching position from year to year. 

The Social Security Administration has the most popular names posted on its website, categorized by top 5, top 10, decade, state,  and U.S. territories. There are also lists of the change in popularity of the top 1,000 names for each sex from 2014-2015. 

The top 10 for babies born in 2015, the most recent year available were: 


1 Emma

2 Olivia

3 Sophia

4 Ava

5 Isabella

6 Mia

7 Abigail

8 Emily

9 Charlotte

10 Harper 


1 Noah

2 Liam

3 Mason

4 Jacob

5 William

6 Ethan

7 James

8 Alexander

9 Michael

10 Benjamin

In the past century, Michael topped the list for 44 years. For all but one year from 1954 to 1998 it was the number one name chosen for boys. In 1960, David rose to the top spot on the list. 

View the lists on the Social Security website.  


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