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A Special Arrival! Top 10 Baby Names of 2015

May 5, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: August 19, 2021

BabyNameQuiz_Boys23bJust delivered! Social Security is happy to announce the arrival of the top baby names of 2015!

For almost 20 years, we’ve been the authority on the most popular baby names based on requests for Social Security numbers for newborns. We reveal the top names for boys and girls each year, and our records date back to the 1880s! The names show us how America’s trends and culture have diversified, and how our choices have broadened.

What makes a baby name popular? Trends in new baby names often follow popular culture, influenced by favorite characters in books or movies, as well as religious meanings. The top names of 2015, Noah and Emma, kept their top spots from 2014! New to the top ten for 2015, and for the first time ever, are Benjamin and Harper.

Top baby names for 2015, 1. noah, emma 2. liam, olivia, 3. mason, sophia, 4 jacob, ava, 5 william, isabella 6 ethan, mia 7 james, abigail 8, alexander, emily 9 michael, charlotte 10, benjamin, harper

No matter where the inspiration for your child’s name came from, you can rest easy knowing that we’re there for your child from day one.

When you have a baby, we’ll issue him or her a unique Social Security number soon after birth. They’ll need their number throughout many important stages in their life, beginning with when you claim them on your tax return. It’ll also be useful if you need to apply for benefits for your child. We offer a wide range of resources for families with children. If your child has a severe disability, we have programs and benefits to help supplement the added costs of caring for them.

The birth of a child is a special time for families. We’re with you and your child through life’s journey, starting from when you choose his or her special name.

You can see the top names of 2015 and view our extensive list on our website. Check back on May 12, 2016 to see the most popular baby names of 2015 for your state or territory.

You can also view our press release to get more information on the baby names and some pop culture.

Play our baby names game below to find best name for your baby!

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About the Author

Doug Walker, Deputy Commissioner, Communications

Deputy Commissioner, Office of Communications


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  4. Beth B.

    The lists for boys and girls haven’t changed much, with only a few shifts up and down. Perhaps Charlotte, a newcomer to the list last year, is a more popular name after the birth of British royal baby Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana in May 2015. James and Michael also swapped places, with the former growing in popularity.
    The boy names are a mix of classics and nods to popular actors and pop culture. The name Liam has steadily been on the rise in the top 10 since 2012, when the first “Hunger Games” film, starring Liam Hemsworth, more

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  6. SkylarkV

    Ditto what Shannon said.

  7. Shannon

    Site not working. Can’t see baby names beyond top 20.

    • Ray F.

      Hi Shannon, thank you for bringing this to our attention. The site appears to be up and running. Please try again.

  8. Lisa

    Thanks for the names list Doug.

  9. Alex

    Thank you for posting your article. It is quite interesting !

    • Ray F.

      We appreciate your thoughts Alex. Thanks for your comment!

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