The Most Popular Baby Names in America for 2014
The Social Security Administration has released the official rankings of the most popular baby names in America for 2014. Noah reigns for a second year as the #1 boys' name, while Emma regains the girls' crown for the first time since 2008.
This marks Emma's 12th straight year in the top 3. That's some terrific staying power in an age of fast-changing name trends. It's the bridge name between two styles: the gentle antiques that it first rose to popularity with, like Hannah and Abigail, and today's smooth, miniature "raindrop names" like Mia and Liam. Here's the rest of the new top 10:
Each list features just one new addition. Charlotte makes its top-10 debut on the girl's side, a warm welcome for Britain's new princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. (Though the name Charlotte replaces is none other than Elizabeth!) For boys James replaces Jayden, giving the list a more classic look. James was the #1 name of the 1940s, but this marks its first top-10 ranking in more than two decades.
Check out the full top thousand names, and stay tuned for more name news and analysis including the fastest-rising names of the year.