Social Security is with you from day one, which makes us the source for the most popular baby names! For many people, Social Security starts at birth when you get your first Social Security card. We’re able to determine the most popular baby names from the prior year based on requests for Social Security numbers for newborns. And every year, the top 10 names for boys and girls can reflect cultural shifts during the prior year.
What were the most popular names of 2017?
Coming in at number 10 are Jacob and Abigail, dropping lower on the list compared to 2016’s list. At number nine, Oliver and Evelyn, both of which finally broke into the top 10 after coming close last year, the latter for the first time since 1915! In fact, there are several names celebrating their first introduction to the list; you can read the rest of the top 10 on our baby names page!
The birth or adoption of a child is a special time for families. No matter the inspiration for your child’s name, you can rest easy knowing we’re with you and your child starting from when you choose their special name.
Most parents apply for their child’s Social Security number at birth, usually through the hospital. They’ll need that number throughout many stages in life, beginning when you claim your child 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. And, when the time comes for their first job, their number is already in place.
Visit our baby names page to see how popular your name or your child’s name was over the past 100 years! Share it with friends and family members who may be expecting a child or grandchild. Maybe they’ll find a name on our list that they love, thanks to you!
Social Security is with you and your child throughout life’s journey. See what else you can do online at socialsecurity.gov!