CHARLOTTE, NC — Emma and Noah have beaten out the competition once again to be crowned America’s most popular baby names, for the third year in a row.
For Noah — this marks the fourth year at the top — and for Emma, it’s the third straight year being number one.
The most popular baby names for 2016 were released by the Social Security Administration Friday. Among the top 10, the SSA says there is just once new addition, Elijah, the first time the name has reached the top 10.
For girl, the top 10 baby names in North Carolina for 2016 are:
Ava Emma Olivia Charlotte Harper Abigail Isabella Sophia Elizabeth Madison
For boys, the top 10 baby names in North Carolina for 2016 are:
William Noah Mason Liam Elijah James Benjamin Jackson Michael Grayson
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The SSA began compiling the list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880. The administration also notes how popular culture influences baby names. For 2016, the name Kehlani had the biggest jump in popularity and for boys, the name was Kylo.
The bump in popularity for Kehlani is likely to do with the popularity of the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kehlani Parrish, according to the SSA. The bump for Kylo on the other hand likely has to do with the character in the 2015 movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Feroze Dhanoa contributed to this report.
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