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  What are the most popular names given to babies?
  What are the most popular names given to babies?

Every year, SSA's Office of the Actuary does a study of the most popular names given to applicants who were born in the current year. 

The top ten boys and girls names for 2007 are:

Top 10 Names for 2007
Rank Male name Female name
1 Jacob Emily
2 Michael Isabella
3 Ethan Emma
4 Joshua Ava
5 Daniel Madison
6 Christopher Sophia
7 Anthony Olivia
8 William Abigail
9 Matthew Hannah
10 Andrew Elizabeth

Emily has topped the list since 1996.  Jacob has done so since 1999.  Elizabeth returns to the top ten after a two year absence.

In addition to a list of the 1,000 most popular boys’ and girls’ names for 2007, the website has a list of the top 100 names for twins born in 2007.  Jacob and Joshua are again the most popular twin’s names.

The Social Security website offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880.  Social Security started compiling baby name lists in 1997. 

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