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What's in a name? Parents understandably put much time and care into picking the perfect moniker for their little one, so it's fascinating to see which names prove most popular with mums and dads.

 

Last year, there were just over 3.8 million babies born in the US, and now data from the Social Security Administration can show us which names appealed to the most parents.

 

Surprisingly, both Emily and Michael did not make the cut for the top 10 boys' and girls' names, with both placing 12th.

 

There were also some new arrivals on the top 10 lists, Forbes reports. Amelia rose to become the eighth most popular name, and Evelyn just made it at number nine.

 

 

As for boys, Logan (fifth most popular) and Oliver (ninth most popular) are new additions to the boys' top 10 names.

 

And now for the names that came out on top for American babies born in 2017: Liam and Emma! While this is the fourth year in a row that Emma has been the most popular girls' name, it's the first time Liam has made it to the number one spot.

 

 

Without further ado, the top 10 girls' and boys' names for babies in the US last year:

 

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

 

In this list, variations and alternate spellings of names were counted as different monikers (hence why both Liam and William made the cut).

 

Did your little one's name make the top 10?

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