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Two New Arrivals: Our New Blog and Top Ten Baby Names for 2014

May 8, 2015 • By

Last Updated: August 19, 2021

This is an image of a smiling baby surrounded by balloons and toys.  The image reads: Just arrived! See the top 10 Baby names of 2014!  Look who’s talking — Social Security is proud to introduce its newborn blog! We’re calling our new bundle of joy Social Security Matters, because this is where we’ll discuss the information that matters to you about our programs and benefits! We’re kicking off our blog with our Annual highly anticipated top 10 baby names for 2014.

See the top ten most popular baby names of 2014…

Since 1997 we have been releasing the most requested baby names, based on requests for Social Security numbers for newborns. We reveal the top 10 names for boys and girls each year, and our records date back to the 1880s. This is one of our most popular web pages with over 2.9 million visits in 2014.

What makes a baby name popular is hard to pin down. Trends in new baby names often follow popular culture, influenced by favorite characters in books or movies, as well as religious meanings.

See the top ten most popular baby names of 2014, find out how the names have changed over time, and view our extensive list — customizable by decade, state, and U.S. territory — at www.socialsecurity.gov/babynames.

Whether a movie star or your beloved grandmother inspires the choice for the name you give your child, know that Social Security is here for them, and you, through all life’s challenges.

Social Security has a wide range of resources for families with children.

We issue a unique Social Security number to identify each American child soon after birth. Making sure your child has a Social Security number is vital to accessing our services and claiming him or her as a dependent on your tax return.

Their Social Security number will also be important after your children are old enough to begin working. The number helps us keep track of how much they earn, how much they have paid in Social Security tax, and, ultimately, how much they will receive in Social Security benefits when they become eligible.

To learn more about the importance of Social Security numbers, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.

If your child has a severe disability, we also have programs and benefits to help supplement the additional costs of caring for a child with special needs.

You can find many of our publications about Social Security numbers, benefits, disability benefits, and health insurance at www.socialsecurity.gov/people/kids.

Although popular baby names change over the decades, Social Security has, and always will, live up to its name, as we have for 80 years by providing a measure of financial security to children and their families.

See below if your name is one of the most popular.

This graphic shows two columns, one with boys names in order from 1 to 10, Noah, Liam, Mason, Jacob, William, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, James, Daniel, and a second column with girls names in order from 1 to 10, Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, Ava, Mia, Embloily, Abigail, Madison, Charlotte

Tell us, in this blog’s comment section, what popular or unique name you gave your baby.

Don’t forget to check back often to join the conversation — and learn more about why Social Security Matters to you!

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Comments

  1. Amy

    Step-daughter: Lillian Grace “Lilly”
    Son: Morris Jackson “Mac”
    Daughter: “Shelby” Catherine

    My son is named after my father, Morris, whose initials were MAC. Jackson is the middle name to a man whose been like a second father to me. He had one child–a daughter, who was unable to bear children. We were honored to borrow his middle name for our son and Pop cried when we gave him an official copy of my son’s birth certificate.

    Catherine is a family name for my husband’s family and mine. Shelby just because we loved it!

  2. Mamie

    Who cares???

  3. Misty

    Aha! So we beat Kate to the punch with Charlotte 😉

    • Kristen

      You sure did! 😉

    • Cindy

      I realized last night Chelsea Clinton also named their daughter Charlotte.
      I think the it’s a Beautiful name.

  4. Kristina

    Ironically enough, my stepson’s name is Michael (10), and my birth son’s name is Landon (4) ….so together we have Michael Landon…completely unintentional 😛
    We’re trying for our third (and last) now…hoping we can get our girl so we can name her Willow Pearl…but if we do happen to get a third boy, I’m thinking either Oliver or Spencer 🙂

    • Geina

      I love the name Spencer. Spencer Laurence is a family name that no one has used.

  5. Megan

    Our oldest son is named Liam. He turns 2 in June. We just welcomed Declan on Saturday!

    • Cindy

      I really like Declan. That is a name you do not hear of but has a wonderful sound.
      Wish your sons Lism and Declan great futures.

      • Cindy

        Sorry (sp) Liam

    • mik h.

      give your kid a name he can live with – sadly, declan is not one of them

      • El

        Ur name is dumb mik. Mike? mic? Mick? It’s stupid. Ur stupid.but correct about overpopulation. no more babies…lord.

      • Taylor

        Declan is a long-standing name with Irish roots–just like “Mick,” which I assume your name is from your username.

        Either that, or your name is something like Mike, Mickey (also Irish, btw), or perhaps even Mikayla.

        My point: who are YOU to criticize anyone’s name?

        Today’s unusual names can become tomorrow’s normals. Shannon used to be a boy’s name, and I’m sure it sounded strange with the first baby girls were given it. Things change. Babies are born. The population ebbs and flows. Get over it.

        More importantly, get over yourself. No one cares what you think about baby names, population growth, theology and the existence of God, or anything else, for that matter.

        Bye, Felicia.

  6. Jesse

    My daughter is named Adela, from her West Indian roots.

  7. Tammi

    I have 5 grandchildren under 10. Brenden Jacob, Shannon-Elizabeth Ruth, Ashlynn Grace, Madison Ruth and Abigail Brooke!!

  8. Tonya

    My son’s name is Rhett.

    • Deb

      I love the name Rhett. Sounds powerful

    • Candace M.

      Handsome, warm and brave…great name.

  9. teresa

    my oldest child was named “william earl ray” but. god needed him back to do important work. and thats okay. so my oldest daughter’s name is “charmaign lutisha”. my 2nd son’s name is “benjamin james” . my 2nd daughter’s name is “mikayla kennedy” and my 3rd daughter’s name comes from 8 DIFFERENT women! her name is “perlmaeson marie” . the way you pronounce it is pearl-mason. every one of my kids names reflect family and heritage.

  10. Lella

    Our little Felix was born on 4/22/15. There is another Felix that we know born this March, so I am not surprised it moved up the list this year. His sisters, Jacinta, Serafina, Avila and Cosima have not yet reached the top 1000.

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