Social Security Administration ranks Tri-State's most popular baby names for 2016

Social Security Administration ranks Tri-State's most popular baby names for 2016

The top baby names for the nation as a whole previous year were Noah and Emma.

Pennsylvania's top two picks, Emma and Noah, were the same as the nation's most popular names.

While Emma and Noah may not seem like young parents in Pennsylvania were bursting with creativity when it came to giving their newborns a lifelong identity past year, there were a few names that stood out.

The agency's website provides lists of the top 1,000 baby names - nationwide - for each year, dating back to 1880.

According to Everett Lo, a public affairs specialist with the Social Security Administration, the 2016 list saw some changes from the 2015 list of most popular baby boy names in New Jersey.

Liam, Mason, Benjamin and James closely followed Noah while Olivia, Ava, Charlotte and Sophia were behind Emma. In Louisiana, Liam was the name most frequently bestowed on boys, with 276 little Liams.

Kehlani rose 2,487 spots on the girls' side to number 872, from number 3,359 in 2015. The administration attributed this hike to singer Kehlani Parrish who was nominated for a Grammy past year. The name Zayn also made the boys fastest riser list. In 2015, Kylo was number 3,269. The name Adonis just happens to be the number four fastest riser on the list for boys.

The second fastest riser for girls was Royalty.

To read about the winners for the biggest jump in popularity and to see how pop culture affects baby names, go to the website here.

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