These names experienced the biggest jump in popularity in 2016, according to the Social Security Administration.

By Liz Steelman
May 17, 2017

Looking for something a little edgier than Noah or Emma for your family’s newest addition, but a little less unusual than, say, Regis or Flannery? Why not Kylo or Kehlani? According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), these two names experienced the biggest increase in popularity in 2016.

Unlike Nameberry’s February predictions of the hottest names of 2017, which shows a change in search popularity from parents doing research in names, the SSA’s list shows which names were actually given to children in 2016, making it a better marker of how names in pop culture, as well as other trends, actually influenced parents' choice of moniker. For example, though BabyCenter said that there was a trend of Pokemon Go-inspired baby names, that data isn’t reflected in the SSA’s data. Though parents might have been researching or considering the names for their children, very few actually put that name on the birth certificate.

But that doesn’t mean pop culture didn’t inspire parents: in fact, many names on the top 10 for both girls and boys had clear lines to cultural moments from the past two years. See which ones made the top 10 trendy names list for both boys and girls below, and view the whole list on the SSA’s website.

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