'Star Wars' influences top baby names; Caitlyn plunges in popularity

'Star Wars' influences top baby names; Caitlyn plunges in popularity

Emma is the most popular girls' name in the United States in 2016 for the third year in a row, the Social Security Administration announced Friday, and it was the fourth year Noah took the top spot for boys.

Every year, the Administration releases a list of the top 1,000 names parents have chosen to name their children, and in 2016, the name Donald dropped from the 443rd spot to 488.

For boys, it's Liam, William, Mason, James, Benjamin, Jacob, Michael, Elijah, and Ethan.

The most popular 21st century names for girls before 2014 were Sophia, Isabella and Emily.

A lot of thought goes into giving your baby a name but obviously some are more popular than others. Pop culture often influences the popularity of names, and it happened again 2016. For girls, it was Kehlani, as in Kehlani Parrish, a singer and songwriter nominated for a Grammy in 2016.

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The biggest gainer among boys" names was Kylo, which vaulted to No. 901 from 3,269."Kylo Ren, the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia and the grandson of Darth Vader, was a character in the 2015 film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens, '" it noted.

"It was inevitable. Caitlyn was already falling in popularity".

The agency also lists the baby names that increase - and decrease - the most in popularity. "Now it is suddenly controversial".

The name Kehlani rose to number 872 from number 3,359 in 2015, while the name Kylo rose to number 902 from number 3,269 in 2015.

Like a name, Social Security is with you through life's journey, starting at birth when newborns receive their Social Security number.

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