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Anisa Arsenault
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Noah, Emma Top Most Popular Baby Names

PUBLISHED ON 05/08/2015

The results are in: Emma and Noah top the lists of most popular baby names for 2014.

That's the word from the Social Security Administration's annual report on baby names, released every May. Emma is reclaiming the number one spot, a position it held back in 2008. And Noah remains no. 1 for the second year in a row after interrupting Jacob's 14-year streak.

Here's the full rundown for boys and girls:

Boys

Noah

Liam

Mason

Jacob

William

Ethan

Michael

Alexander

James

Daniel

Girls

Emma

Olivia

Sophia

Isabella

Ava

Mia

Emily

Abigail

Madison

Charlotte

Popular baby names don't vary much year to year, although this is the first time ever that Charlotte is appearing in the top 10. Thanks to the new royal baby, we can expect it to rise even more next year. And James , a classic name, is back on the boys' top 10 list this year for the first time since 1992, although lately, thanks to Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, we associate it with girls too.

Not feeling inspired by these common name choices? Some more obscure names also saw a popularity surge last year. For boys, Bode jumped from a ranking of 1428 in 2013 to 783 in 2014. On the girls' side,  Aranza went from 4232 to 607, likely because of the introduction of a new character on the Latin soap opera Siempre Mi Amore. (Spend some time on this list; it's fascinating. Khaleesi? Anakin? It's all here.)

Looking for some middle ground? Google released the most searched names by state, which offers a mix of nationally-popular and more unique names. On the girls' side, Emma did make the cut, ranking as the third most searched name nationally.

 

Can you find your baby name on one of these lists? 

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