The popularity of the baby name 'Donald' tumbles in 2016

Business Insider  Andy Kiersz data from SSA

According to Social Security, Emma and Noah are the most popular names in the United States.

There is only one new name in the top 10 this year-Elijah, the first time he has ever reached the list of 10. Following close behind are Olivia, Ava, Sophia and Isabella.

Before Noah emerged as the top name for boys, parents favored another name from the Old Testament, Jacob, for the previous 14 years. All variations fell out of the list of most popular 1,000 names.

Pop culture affects the popularity of certain names every year.

The name Kylo could be inspired by Kylo Ren, a character from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".


The names on the list aren't particularly surprising. Kehlani jumped 2,487 spots to No. 872. While it's hard to believe there isn't a certain amount of transphobia behind this sudden drop, Laura Wattenburg, the founder of BabyNameWizard.com, claims the fall is not a result of prejudice, but an attempt to steer clear of controversy.

Olympic Gold medalist Bruce Jenner announced in 2015 that she was a transgender woman and appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine donning her new name, Caitlyn Jenner. "Now it is suddenly controversial", she said. This year's winners for biggest jump in popularity in the Top 1,000 are Kehlani and Kylo.

Sorry, Donald, you're not the top dog when it comes to baby names.

The Social Security Administration started compiling name rankings in 1997, and have popularity lists that date back to 1880, utilizing the records of each child's Social Security card petition for the most accurate rankings.

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