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No one can beat Emma when it comes to naming babies in America. This week the Social Security Administration announced its annual list of the most popular baby names in America and Emma has the top spot on the girls' side for the fifth year in a row . On the boys' side Liam took the top spot for a second consecutive year.

According to the Social Security Administration, these were the top 20 baby names in America in 2018:

Girls: Emma, Olivia, Ava, Isabella, Sophia, Charlotte, Mia, Amelia, Harper and Evelyn

Boys: Liam, Noah, William, James, Oliver, Benjamin, Elijah, Lucas, Mason and Owen

How do those top 10 lists compare to the top baby names of 2017? Well, the girls' list is nearly the same except that Mia and Charlotte switched spots, and Harper (a name that fell out of the top ten the previous year) is back and has ousted Abigail. On the boys' side, Lucas kicked Jacob out of the top 10.

The real changes happened lower down in the data. Let's take a look at the popular baby names that were trending hard in 2018:

The return of Meghan

In the 1990s the name Meghan (or Megan) was a common sound in the halls of elementary schools, but until very recently the name had sunk just like other names of the era (hi to all the Heathers, Jessicas and Jennifers out there).

As Pamela Redmond Satran, a co-founder of Nameberry , told The Atlantic , "Meghan is one of the 1980s and 1990s names that are becoming mom names, rather than baby names."

But thanks to the Duchess of Sussex, the name Meghan is now back in a big way.

As The Atlantic reports, this name surged from being the 1,404th most popular name for baby girls in 2017 to the 703rd most popular in 2018. The name's dramatic rise in popularity mirrors that of the woman who shares it.

"Meghan Markle's influence is obviously strong enough to give the name a big boost," says Satran.

The influence of Game of Thrones

As NBC data journalist Joe Murphy first reported , Arya is the most popular Game of Thrones inspired name in America (and these babies were born and named before our girl met the Night King), but plenty of GoT graced birth certificates in 2018.

"Excluding the Jons and Jaimes, more than 4,500 children were given such names in 2018, up from the 3,800-plus in 2017 and the more than 3,200 in 2016," Murphy explains.

Arya is in the lead with 2,545 babies sharing the name, and Khaleesi comes in second place with 560 baby girls taking that one. Alternative spellings of the Dothraki title also made the cut. There are 19 girls called Caleesi and 5 little Khaleesies whose parents gave her an extra 'e'.

How Amazon sunk Alexa

In 2015 6,052 babies were dubbed Alexa, but thanks to Amazon the name now has the distinction of having the swiftest change in popularity. Last year, only 3,053 babies were named Alexa.

As Philip N. Cohen, a sociologist at the University of Maryland, once wrote, when Amazon decided to give this name to its virtual assistant, "Alexa essentially ended as a (human) name".

And as Bloomberg noted last year, it's not uncommon for tech companies and start-ups to take over names that were once used for babies. Casper is now synonymous with mattresses and Cora (a name that has been steadily rising in popularity for more than a decade) is the name of a tampon company.

​Check out the full top 100 list below:


Rank Boys Girls
1 Liam Emma
2 Noah Olivia
3 William Ava
4 James Isabella
5 Oliver Sophia
6 Benjamin Charlotte
7 Elijah Mia
8 Lucas Amelia
9 Mason Harper
10 Logan Evelyn
11 Alexander Abigail
12 Ethan Emily
13 Jacob Elizabeth
14 Michael Mila
15 Daniel Ella
16 Henry Avery
17 Jackson Sofia
18 Sebastian Camila
19 Aiden Aria
20 Matthew Scarlett
21 Samuel Victoria
22 David Madison
23 Joseph Luna
24 Carter Grace
25 Owen Chloe
26 Wyatt Penelope
27 John Layla
28 Jack Riley
29 Luke Zoey
30 Jayden Nora
31 Dylan Lily
32 Grayson Eleanor
33 Levi Hannah
34 Isaac Lillian
35 Gabriel Addison
36 Julian Aubrey
37 Mateo Ellie
38 Anthony Stella
39 Jaxon Natalie
40 Lincoln Zoe
41 Joshua Leah
42 Christopher Hazel
43 Andrew Violet
44 Theodore Aurora
45 Caleb Savannah
46 Ryan Audrey
47 Asher Brooklyn
48 Nathan Bella
49 Thomas Claire
50 Leo Skylar
51 Isaiah Lucy
52 Charles Paisley
53 Josiah Everly
54 Hudson Anna
55 Christian Caroline
56 Hunter Nova
57 Connor Genesis
58 Eli Emilia
59 Ezra Kennedy
60 Aaron Samantha
61 Landon Maya
62 Adrian Willow
63 Jonathan Kinsley
64 Nolan Naomi
65 Jeremiah Aaliyah
66 Easton Elena
67 Elias Sarah
68 Colton Ariana
69 Cameron Allison
70 Carson Gabriella
71 Robert Alice
72 Angel Madelyn
73 Maverick Cora
74 Nicholas Ruby
75 Dominic Eva
76 Jaxson Serenity
77 Greyson Autumn
78 Adam Adeline
79 Ian Hailey
80 Austin Gianna
81 Santiago Valentina
82 Jordan Isla
83 Cooper Eliana
84 Brayden Quinn
85 Roman Nevaeh
86 Evan Ivy
87 Ezekiel Sadie
88 Xavier Piper
89 Jose Lydia
90 Jace Alexa
91 Jameson Josephine
92 Leonardo Emery
93 Bryson Julia
94 Axel Delilah
95 Everett Arianna
96 Parker Vivian
97 Kayden Kaylee
98 Miles Sophie
99 Sawyer Brielle
100 Jason Madeline

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[A version of this post was first published May 11, 2018. It has been updated.]

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