January 28, 2022

Reference: Most Popular Baby Names in the United States, 2017

UPDATE: Analysis from Philip Cohen: “In 2017 Names, Donald, Alexa, and Mary Plummet; Malia booms (via Family Inequality)”

From the U.S. Census:

Emma and Liam are America’s most popular baby names for 2017.

his marks the first time Liam has bested the boys, beating Noah for the top spot, and the fourth straight year for Emma. Liam first crawled into the top 10 in 2012 and has been reaching for the highest honor ever since.

In other huge baby name news, Michael has been bumped from the top 10 for the first time since World War II, landing at number 12 this year. Emily also fell out of the top 10 for the first time since 1990.

There are several new names in the top 10–Amelia and Evelyn make the list–Amelia for the first time and Evelyn for the first time since 1915. These traditional names show parents are keeping up the trend of naming daughters after grandmothers. Logan and Oliver are new for the boys, both making their first appearance on the list.

Here are the top 10 boys and girls names for 2017:

Boys Girls
1. Liam 1. Emma
2. Noah 2. Olivia
3. William 3. Ava
4. James 4. Isabella
5. Logan 5. Sophia
6. Benjamin 6. Mia
7. Mason 7. Charlotte
8. Elijah 8. Amelia
9. Oliver 9. Evelyn
10. Jacob 10. Abigail


Change in Baby Name Popularity From 2016 to 2017

Popular Baby Names By Decade
Popular Names By State and Territory

Top 5 Names in Each of the Last 100 Years

Direct to SSA Baby Names Resources Page
Includes access to two interactive tools:
+ Popular Names by Birth Year
+ Popularity of a Name

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.