The Most Popular Baby Names in America for 2015

May 6th 2016


The Social Security Administration has released the official rankings of the most popular baby names in America for 2015. Both returning top names keep their crown for another year: Noah for boys and Emma for girls. Along with #2 boys' name Liam, they represent the triumph of "raindrop names." These smooth, liquid miniatures are the ideal sounds of the moment.


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The new top 10 baby names in America: 

RANK     BOYS   GIRLS  
1  Noah  Emma
2  Liam  Olivia
3  Mason  Sophia 
4  Jacob  Ava
5  William  Isabella
6  Ethan  Mia
7  James  Abigail
8  Alexander        Emily
9  Michael  Charlotte
10  Benjamin  Harper

The news on the girls' list is the top-10 debut of Harper. In a changing of the surname guard, this new-generation -er name displaces Madison. Harper's rise has been extraordinary; as recently as 2003, it didn't even crack the top 1,000.

On the boys' side, Benjamin makes its first top-10 appearance. Surprisingly, until the 21st Century this classic had never ranked higher than 29th.

Look through the full list of the top thousand names and follow more name news here and on Twitter: twitter.com/BabyNameWizard

 

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Comments

1
May 6, 2016 8:13 AM

Holy Hazel, Aurora, and Theodore!!

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May 6, 2016 11:28 AM

Um, Noah and Emma are nasals, not liquids, no rain dropping there, unless you are thinking of the flood.  However, Liam and Olivia and William and Isabella do feature liquid sounds.  Both nasals and liquids are sonorants (as are glides), and that may be what you are thinking of as the category of fashion.  The other category of consonants is obstruents (fricatives, plosives, and affricates), and those sounds are currently less fashionable, although there are popular obstruent-heavy names too--like Jacob and Abigail.  Just sayin'...

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May 6, 2016 1:50 PM

Miriam, in this case liquid doesn't refer to the linguistic category of consonants-- it's a stylistic descriptor of a name fashion group with no hard edges. In the past, I've defined "raindrop names" as containing two or more syllables in just four or fewer letters, with no consonant sounds other than M, L, N, R and Y.

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By PJ
May 6, 2016 3:01 PM

Not surprised to see Benjamin and Harper there. I've seen lots of little ones with those names in the past couple years.

Benjamin fits the trend of a classic male name that still sounds young

and Harper obviously has the literary connections, the surname sounding style and the seems androgynous but isn't really trend.

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May 7, 2016 1:47 PM

Raindrop is your coinage for which you have supplied a definition.  Liquid OTOH is a inguistic term of art when categorizing consonants.  It's fair to refer to Noah and Emma as "raindrop" since that is your term and by your definition they are.  But to designate them as "liquid" is just wrong, since liquid has an agreed-upon definition when applied to consonants, and Emma and Noah just don't fit that definition.  Raindrop and liquid are not synonyms, unless of course one is Humpty-Dumpty beyond the Looking Glass.

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By Amy3
May 8, 2016 7:45 AM

My favorite pairing in the top 1000? Number 992 - Frankie and Frankie! :)

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May 8, 2016 8:22 AM

She never called them "liquids" the noun, she used the adjective "liquid", meaning smooth or free flowing, which fits perfectly *into* the raindrop name descriptor.  Jeez, Miriam, how pedantic can one person be? 

8
May 10, 2016 9:09 AM

Turkish names I have found at Top 1000

Ada

Aydin

Ayla

Aylin

Belen

Iris

 

I wonder when will I see more Turkish names there~ What is the name choices of American Turkish families? I think they mostly use Arabic names :( Maybe names like Alara, Deniz etc. Can get more popular :) 

12
September 22, 2016 7:56 AM

We are now in 21 century and we have to change the old name.

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September 23, 2016 9:28 PM

New ranking of the baby names have been released.

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October 18, 2016 3:55 AM

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