The 50 Most Popular Baby Names of 2017
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Emma's supremacy is no surprise, as the name was the most common choice for girls for three years running before the 2017 results came out. Liam knocked Noah from the top perch for boys, where it had been since 2013. 

Parents who love the names but don't want their children to be "Emma (Last Initial)" or "Liam Number Three" in school needn't panic. As name trends have become more individualized, the absolute number of babies with a certain name have dropped. According to Laura Wattenberg of the Baby Name Wizard, the top 20 names for boys and girls through the 1960s covered about 33 to 50 percent of all babies born. Today, the top 20 names cover only 12.5 percent of babies and dropping, Wattenberg reports on her blog, BabyNameWizard. 

Here are the top 50 names for both boys and girls, with the absolute number of babies born this year given each name. [Read more about the year's most popular baby names]

Top 50 Girl Names, 2017

 

Name

# of babies

1

Emma

19,738

2

Olivia

18,632

3

Ava

15,902

4

Isabella

15,100

5

Sophia

14,831

6

Mia

13,437

7

Charlotte

12,893

8

Amelia

11,800

9

Evelyn

10,675

10

Abigail

10,551

11

Harper

10,451

12

Emily

9,746

13

Elizabeth

8,915

14

Avery

8,186

15

Sofia

8,134

16

Ella

8,014

17

Madison

7,847

18

Scarlett

7,679

19

Victoria

7,267

20

Aria

7,132

21

Grace

6,991

22

Chloe

6,912

23

Camila

6,752

24

Penelope

6,639

25

Riley

6,343

26

Layla

6,274

27

Lillian

6,132

28

Nora

6,036

29

Zoey

6,026

30

Mila

5,941

31

Aubrey

5,891

32

Hannah

5,872

33

Lily

5,816

34

Addison

5,593

35

Eleanor

5,519

36

Natalie

5,516

37

Luna

5,320

38

Savannah

5,222

39

Brooklyn

5,168

40

Leah

5,159

41

Zoe

5,129

42

Stella

5,038

43

Hazel

5,004

44

Ellie

4,993

45

Paisley

4,927

46

Audrey

4,808

47

Skylar

4,706

48

Violet

4,699

49

Claire

4,683

50

Bella

4,611

Top 50 Boy Names, 2017

 

Name

# of babies

1

Liam

18,728

2

Noah

18,326

3

William

14,904

4

James

14,232

5

Logan

13,974

6

Benjamin

13,733

7

Mason

13,502

8

Elijah

13,268

9

Oliver

13,141

10

Jacob

13,106

11

Lucas

12,951

12

Michael

12,579

13

Alexander

12,467

14

Ethan

12,389

15

Daniel

11,640

16

Matthew

11,611

17

Aiden

11,259

18

Henry

10,406

19

Joseph

10,360

20

Jackson

10,356

21

Samuel

10,323

22

Sebastian

10,136

23

David

10,124

24

Carter

9,753

25

Wyatt

9,661

26

Jayden

9,495

27

John

9,434

28

Owen

9,312

29

Dylan

9,268

30

Luke

9,163

31

Gabriel

9,083

32

Anthony

8,802

33

Isaac

8,796

34

Grayson

8,640

35

Jack

8,419

36

Julian

8,393

37

Levi

8,367

38

Christopher

8,255

39

Joshua

8,239

40

Andrew

8,215

41

Lincoln

8,146

42

Mateo

7,726

43

Ryan

7,652

44

Jaxon

7,649

45

Nathan

7,390

46

Aaron

7,165

47

Isaiah

7,165

48

Thomas

7,131

49

Charles

7,130

50

Caleb

7,084

Originally published on Live Science.