The Most Popular Baby Names Last Year

Liam and Olivia remain in the top spots, along with a few surprising up-and-comers.

Katie Sue Webber
Katie Sue Webber
Mom to two sweet little boys. Helping moms is her passion.
Last updated
May 30, 2023

Liam and Olivia continue to hold strong as the top baby names in the U.S. last year, according to the Social Security Administration's annual list. The agency tracks baby names in each state based on applications for Social Security cards, dating back to 1880. This makes it Liam's sixth straight year as No. 1, while Olivia has reigned since replacing Emma four years ago. Emma remains a popular choice, coming in at No. 2.

For girls, the other top names are Charlotte, Amelia, Sophia, Isabella, Ava, Mia, Evelyn, and Luna. In the boys' category, Noah, Oliver, James, Elijah, William, Henry, Lucas, Benjamin, and Theodore follow Liam. Luna is the only newcomer in the Top 10 list, replacing Harper.

Pop culture undoubtedly influences baby naming trends, and the hit show "Yellowstone" is no exception. The series has contributed to the rise of several names, with Dutton being the fastest rising name in the Social Security rankings, sitting at 835 after a jump of 986 spots from 2021. This fictional family name is shared by Kevin Costner's character, John Dutton. Kayce, also from "Yellowstone," has moved up to the 587th most popular name, up from 1,077 the previous year. Rip, another character from the show, has not yet cracked the top 1,000.

Other trending names for boys include Chosen, Khaza, and Eithan, while for girls, Wrenlee, Neriah, Arlet, Georgina, and Amiri are gaining popularity.

Data shows that 3.64 million babies in the U.S. were issued Social Security cards last year, up slightly from 2021.

Read more (via AP News)

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