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The Top Baby Names in New York

The Top Baby Names in New York

Noah and Emma were the most popular baby names of 2015 in the United States, but New Yorkers did their own thing in in naming their babies, as in so much else. Statewide, the top baby names of last year were Olivia for a girl and Liam for a boy. However, the nationwide favorites weren’t far behind: Noah was #4 for boys in New York, and Emma was #2 for girls.

These are some the insights to be gleaned from data released this month by the Social Security Administration detailing the most popular baby names of 2015.

In Connecticut, parents reflected the national preference on the boys' side, with Noah at the top of the state list. Sophia won out in CT on the girls’ side, with Emma in the second spot.

New Jersey saw the opposite: The nationwide girls’ favorite, Emma, was likewise #1 in NJ, while the state’s most popular boy’s name was Liam, mirroring New York.

There are rarely dramatic shifts year by year in the rankings of most popular baby names, but trend emerge over time. Gone are the years when Michael and Jennifer ruled the list year after year, for instance. Meanwhile, we’ve gotten used to seeing names such as Isabella, Mia, Ethan, and Jacob high on the list in recent years. (Michael does remain popular, at #5 in New York for 2015, though Jennifer has fallen out of the statewide top 100 altogether.)

In 2014, the New York winners were Sophia and Jacob, with Olivia and Liam—2015’s most popular—both in the #2 slots for their respective genders.

Fun fact: Michael was, indeed, the most popular baby name the year I was born, while Sophia was the top girl’s name in 2013, the year my daughter of that name came along. My other two daughters, with Hebrew names, don’t even appear in (or near) the top 100.

For the truly obsessed, see the New York lists of the top 100 baby names for boys and girls below!

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Popularity for top 100 names in New York for births in 2015

Rank

Male name

Number of
males

Female name

Number of
females

1

Liam

1,388

Olivia

1,297

2

Jacob

1,281

Emma

1,254

3

Ethan

1,244

Sophia

1,121

4

Noah

1,236

Isabella

1,066

5

Michael

1,163

Mia

1,012

6

Matthew

1,150

Ava

921

7

Mason

1,049

Emily

805

8

Joseph

1,045

Charlotte

758

9

Lucas

1,018

Madison

734

10

Daniel

1,004

Abigail

722

11

Alexander

983

Leah

636

12

Aiden

981

Amelia

631

13

Dylan

961

Sofia

594

14

James

919

Chloe

566

15

David

890

Grace

505

16

Jayden

883

Sarah

494

17

Benjamin

873

Ella

492

18

Ryan

859

Elizabeth

484

19

Logan

843

Avery

469

20

Anthony

835

Victoria

461

21

William

737

Gabriella

448

22

Christopher

664

Zoe

429

23

Jack

659

Harper

424

24

Nicholas

651

Scarlett

415

25

Samuel

637

Evelyn

373

26

Gabriel

634

Lily

367

27

Sebastian

632

Samantha

357

28

John

631

Hannah

355

29

Joshua

605

Riley

354

30

Jackson

599

Ariana

353

31

Andrew

598

Savannah

353

32

Oliver

572

Esther

352

33

Henry

549

Alexa

348

34

Elijah

527

Hailey

346

35

Carter

510

Natalie

337

36

Isaac

503

Maya

336

37

Nathan

499

Skylar

335

38

Owen

499

Arianna

331

39

Thomas

490

Layla

330

40

Aaron

489

Rachel

328

41

Christian

479

Gianna

326

42

Jonathan

478

Aria

323

43

Hunter

465

Ashley

321

44

Luke

460

Brianna

318

45

Adam

449

Penelope

318

46

Caleb

443

Anna

315

47

Julian

431

Zoey

310

48

Tyler

412

Aubrey

298

49

Chase

397

Camila

296

50

Evan

391

Valentina

287

51

Leo

387

Julia

284

52

Charles

381

Stella

284

53

Connor

377

Violet

278

54

Cameron

371

Allison

275

55

Adrian

367

Kayla

269

56

Jason

361

Alexandra

265

57

Eli

355

Sara

265

58

Justin

352

Claire

264

59

Zachary

352

Nora

262

60

Jeremiah

350

Eva

258

61

Josiah

349

Mila

255

62

Nathaniel

346

Kaylee

253

63

Kevin

343

Mackenzie

253

64

Robert

342

Kylie

251

65

Angel

340

Lillian

250

66

Brandon

331

Addison

243

67

Jordan

331

Madeline

243

68

Moshe

320

Aaliyah

237

69

Theodore

320

Bella

234

70

Austin

318

Genesis

233

71

Dominic

318

Chaya

231

72

Gavin

315

Miriam

231

73

Luca

312

Eliana

225

74

Vincent

312

Katherine

223

75

Isaiah

301

Madelyn

221

76

Brayden

298

Alice

218

77

Wyatt

297

Sophie

215

78

Ian

290

Angelina

214

79

Landon

286

Peyton

210

80

Grayson

281

Isabelle

208

81

Levi

276

Autumn

206

82

Ayden

274

Eleanor

201

83

Abraham

271

Maria

201

84

Kayden

268

Naomi

200

85

Max

265

Aurora

197

86

Jace

264

Adriana

194

87

Jaxon

261

Rivka

193

88

Jeremy

256

Lucy

192

89

Giovanni

245

Caroline

191

90

Parker

241

Alyssa

190

91

Xavier

241

Taylor

190

92

Hudson

240

Audrey

188

93

Steven

232

Quinn

187

94

Declan

231

Sadie

183

95

Kyle

229

Melanie

180

96

Jake

227

Chana

179

97

Jaxson

226

Julianna

179

98

Maxwell

225

Kimberly

179

99

George

224

Ellie

177

100

Blake

222

Emilia

175

101

Mateo

222

Juliana

175