Emma and Liam once again America’s top baby names

LANSING — Liam and Emma are once again America’s most popular baby names in 2018.

This is the second time Liam is atop the boys list and the fifth year in a row for Emma. Two long timers on the list, Jacob and Abigail, toppled out of the top 10 for the first time since 1992 and 2000.

There are two new names in this year’s top 10—Lucas for the first time ever, and Harper makes her way back on the list.

The top 10 boys and girls names for 2018 are the following:

• First — Liam and Emma

• Second — Noah and Olivia

• Third — William and Ava

• Fourth — James and Isabella

• Fifth — Oliver and Sophia

• Sixth —  Benjamin and Charlotte

• Seventh — Elijah and Mia

• Eighth — Lucas and Amelia

• Ninth — Mason and Harper

• Tenth — Logan and Evelyn

For all of the top baby names of 2018, and to see where your name ranks, go to Social Security’s website, www.socialsecurity.gov.

Social Security began compiling the baby name list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880. At the time of a child’s birth, parents supply the name to the agency when applying for a child’s Social Security card, thus making Social Security America’s source for the most popular baby names.

Each year, the list reveals the effect of pop-culture on naming trends. Royalty seems to have influenced parents in 2018.

Meghan was the fastest rising girls’ name, moving 701 spots to number 703 from number 1,404 in 2017. This jump speaks to the popularity of Meghan Markle, an American who joined the royal family when she married Prince Harry in 2018.

Winter is coming for “Game of Thrones” fans. The name Yara voyaged 314 spots from number 986 in 2017 to number 672 in 2018 on the girls’ side. Followers of the hit HBO show know this probably is due to Yara Greyjoy, a character on the popular series.

For the boys, Genesis is the fastest rising name for 2018, shuffling his way 608 spots to number 984 from number 1,592 in 2017. There has been a resurgence of classic names in the top 10 baby names in recent years, so perhaps Genesis is a harkening back to the classic English rock band led by Phil Collins. Speaking of Genesis, award winning Grammy singer and coach on “The Voice,” Alicia Keys named her son Genesis after his birth.

Visit www.socialsecurity.gov to view the entire list.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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