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Emma’s supremacy is no surprise, as the name was the most common choice for girls for three years running before the 2017 results came out. Liam knocked Noah from the top perch for boys, where it had been since 2013. 


Parents who love the names but don’t want their children to be “Emma (Last Initial)” or “Liam Number Three” in school needn’t panic. As name trends have become more individualized, the absolute number of babies with a certain name have dropped. According to Laura Wattenberg of the Baby Name Wizard, the top 20 names for boys and girls through the 1960s covered about 33 to 50 percent of all babies born. Today, the top 20 names cover only 12.5 percent of babies and dropping, Wattenberg reports on her blog, BabyNameWizard. 


Here are the top 50 names for both boys and girls, with the absolute number of babies born this year given each name. [Read more about the year’s most popular baby names]


Top 50 Girl Names, 2017





















































 


Name


# of babies


1


Emma


19,738


2


Olivia


18,632


3


Ava


15,902


4


Isabella


15,100


5


Sophia


14,831


6


Mia


13,437


7


Charlotte


12,893


8


Amelia


11,800


9


Evelyn


10,675


10


Abigail


10,551


11


Harper


10,451


12


Emily


9,746


13


Elizabeth


8,915


14


Avery


8,186


15


Sofia


8,134


16


Ella


8,014


17


Madison


7,847


18


Scarlett


7,679


19


Victoria


7,267


20


Aria


7,132


21


Grace


6,991


22


Chloe


6,912


23


Camila


6,752


24


Penelope


6,639


25


Riley


6,343


26


Layla


6,274


27


Lillian


6,132


28


Nora


6,036


29


Zoey


6,026


30


Mila


5,941


31


Aubrey


5,891


32


Hannah


5,872


33


Lily


5,816


34


Addison


5,593


35


Eleanor


5,519


36


Natalie


5,516


37


Luna


5,320


38


Savannah


5,222


39


Brooklyn


5,168


40


Leah


5,159


41


Zoe


5,129


42


Stella


5,038


43


Hazel


5,004


44


Ellie


4,993


45


Paisley


4,927


46


Audrey


4,808


47


Skylar


4,706


48


Violet


4,699


49


Claire


4,683


50


Bella


4,611


Top 50 Boy Names, 2017





















































 


Name


# of babies


1


Liam


18,728


2


Noah


18,326


3


William


14,904


4


James


14,232


5


Logan


13,974


6


Benjamin


13,733


7


Mason


13,502


8


Elijah


13,268


9


Oliver


13,141


10


Jacob


13,106


11


Lucas


12,951


12


Michael


12,579


13


Alexander


12,467


14


Ethan


12,389


15


Daniel


11,640


16


Matthew


11,611


17


Aiden


11,259


18


Henry


10,406


19


Joseph


10,360


20


Jackson


10,356


21


Samuel


10,323


22


Sebastian


10,136


23


David


10,124


24


Carter


9,753


25


Wyatt


9,661


26


Jayden


9,495


27


John


9,434


28


Owen


9,312


29


Dylan


9,268


30


Luke


9,163


31


Gabriel


9,083


32


Anthony


8,802


33


Isaac


8,796


34


Grayson


8,640


35


Jack


8,419


36


Julian


8,393


37


Levi


8,367


38


Christopher


8,255


39


Joshua


8,239


40


Andrew


8,215


41


Lincoln


8,146


42


Mateo


7,726


43


Ryan


7,652


44


Jaxon


7,649


45


Nathan


7,390


46


Aaron


7,165


47


Isaiah


7,165


48


Thomas


7,131


49


Charles


7,130


50


Caleb


7,084


Originally published on Live Science.

Author Bio


Stephanie Pappas

Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor


Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science. She covers the world of human and animal behavior, as well as paleontology and other science topics. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has ducked under a glacier in Switzerland and poked hot lava with a stick in Hawaii. Stephanie hails from East Tennessee, the global center for salamander diversity. Follow Stephanie on Google+.





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