Don't call me Caitlyn: Baby name plunges in popularity

Don't call me Caitlyn: Baby name plunges in popularity

The Social Security Administration is known for a lot of things, but one of its most popular and more pleasant features is its annual ranking of baby names, based on petitions for Social Security cards the previous year. The 2016 list features some of the same names at the top. This marks the fourth year at number one for Noah and the third for Emma, according to the Social Security Administration's website.

Emma was the top baby name for girls for the third year in a row last year. It's followed by Olivia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Charlotte, Abigail, Emily and Harper.

The Social Security Administration compiles the baby names list is based on the names that parents in the US chose for their babies born in 2016. Liam remains the second most popular name for boys, perhaps a nod to actor Liam Hemsworth. The agency started releasing its popular baby name list by gender in 1997 but has collected names dating to 1880.

For boys in 2016, that name was Kylo, which rose from 3,359 in 2015 to 901 a year ago.

Kehlani rose 2,487 spots on the girls' side to number 872, from number 3,359 in 2015.

Pop culture often influences the names that increase and decrease in popularity, and it happened again 2016. Perhaps this can be attributed to Kehlani Parrish, a singer/songwriter who was nominated for a Grammy in 2016. Kylo jumped 2,368 spots to No. 901.

For boys, the named that skyrocketed in popularity was Kylo, as in Kylo Ren, a character in the 2015 movie, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". But the older participants would have none of it.

That wouldn't make for a popular baby name a generation ago, Wattenberg said.

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