Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Technology | By Ramiro Moody

'Star Wars' influences top baby names; Caitlyn plunges in popularity

'Star Wars' influences top baby names; Caitlyn plunges in popularity

In fact, in 2016, the name Donald dropped 45 spots below its 2015 baby name ranking, according to the Social Security Administration's yearly Popular Names list.

In 2016, Emma was the top name for baby girls for the third year in a row, followed by Olivia, Ava, Sophia, and Isabella.

As for the boys, William rose two spots, replacing Mason as the third most popular name.

Third time's a charm for the most popular girl's baby name in the USA, while the most popular boy's name is on a four-year streak. All variations fell out of the list of most popular 1,000 names.

In 1934, when Donald hit its apex as a name for American boys, 30,406 babies were named Donald.

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For girls, it was Kehlani, which jumped to No. 872 from 3,359. She was nominated for a Grammy in 2016 for her album "You Should Be Here". Music fans will recognize Kehlani from artist Kehlani Parrish, and Star Wars fans will remember Kylo from "The Force Awakens".

Meanwhile, names such as Caitlin, Caitlyn, Katelynn and Kaitlynn were among the fastest dropping names, according to the Associated Press. "Caitlyn was already falling in popularity".

Last year, it fell 542 spots - the biggest drop of any name - to No. 1,151. "Now it is suddenly controversial", she said. Hillary, the first name of Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, has not been in the top 1,000 since 2009.

The Social Security Administration started compiling name rankings in 1997, and have popularity lists that date back to 1880, utilizing the records of each child's Social Security card petition for the most accurate rankings.

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