Have you noticed a lot of little Liams and Emmas
walking—or crawling—around recently? These
were the most popular baby names in the United
States again in 2018, according to SSA’s Office of
the Chief Actuary. Emma has been the top girl’s
name since 2014, while Liam is in its second year
on top. SSA gathers this information when it
assigns Social Security numbers to new babies.
The top five names given to baby girls last year
were unchanged from 2017: Emma, Olivia, Ava,
Isabella and Sophia. These five names are the
most common girls’ names for the period 2010-
2018, as well. For boys in 2018, Liam, Noah,
William, and James remained the top four,
with Oliver replacing Logan in the #5 spot.
The actuary’s office also tracks which names
are increasing and decreasing in popularity.
For boys, Genesis showed the biggest increase,
while Saint, Baker, Kairo, and Watson also
rose in the ranks. Meghan, perhaps inspired
by Meghan Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry,
was the biggest mover for girls, while Dior,
Adalee, and Palmer were other names growing
in popularity. Audrina and Aaden were the
names with the biggest declines in popularity.
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by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.