Name Game: Most Popular Baby Names

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The data comes from Social Security card applications. Parents supply their baby's name to the agency upon applying for the child's social security card.

In addition to each state's top baby names (and names for USA territories), Social Security's website has a list of the 1,000 most popular boys and girls names for 2017. The agency began compiling the list of most popular names in 1997. Use the rank sliders - in purple and blue - to filter name ranks.

The name Emma is the clear favorite so far this decade for girls.

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There were 1,427 baby boys named Liam and 1,227 girls named Olivia.

As was the case with the nation as a whole, Sophia and Sofia combined would have far outstripped Emma in California: There were 2,726 new Emmas in the state past year, but more than 4,000 babies named Sophia or Sofia.

The Social Security Administration today announced the most popular baby names in NY for 2017. Zoe/Zoey would have grabbed a top 10 spot as well. You can access the database here. Input any given name to see its popularity. Which is so close to the popular names from past year, except the name William was in the third slot in 2016.

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