Oh, Baby! Social Security’s Top 10 Baby NamesReading Time: 2 Minutes
Last Updated: August 19, 2021
Social Security is with you from day one! For most people, Social Security starts at birth when you get your first Social Security card. We are the authority on the most popular baby names from the prior year based on requests for Social Security numbers for newborns. Each year when we reveal the top 10 names for boys and girls, we can see how America’s trends and culture have diversified and our choices have broadened.
So, what were the most popular names of 2016? Coming in at number 10 are Harper and Ethan. At number nine, Emily and Elijah, with Elijah cracking the top 10 for the first time! You can read the rest of the top 10 on our baby names page!
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. Your children need their number throughout many important stages in their life, beginning when you claim them on your tax return. And, when the time comes for their first job, their number is already in place.
You can also 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 throughout life’s journey. Get to know us and the resources we offer to families with children at socialsecurity.gov!
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