This blog post is a little off topic, but deals with something we can all relate to: first names.


Every child born in the USA receives a Social Security number. When a baby gets a Social Security Number , the Social Security Administration (SSA) gets the baby’s name. This information and other data are compiled by the SSA.


Recently the SSA released its data on the most popular baby names in 2016 based on requests for Social Security Numbers. The most popular boy’s name was Noah (I don’t know any Noah’s personally). The next most popular names for boys were: Liam, William, Mason, James, Benjamin, Jacob, Michael, Elijah, and Ethan.


Emma was the most popular girl’s name last year. It was followed by Olivia, Ava (my niece’s name), Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Charlotte, Abigail, Emily, and Harper.


The fastest growing boy’s name in 2016 was Kylo. The only Kylo we’ve heard of is the character in a recent Star Wars movie.


The fastest growing girl’s name was Kehlani.


If you’re expecting and are researching baby names, or if you just like to look at the data, check out the SSA’s Office of the Chief Actuary website at for more information. The website shows you the most popular names for the past 100 years or so and even breaks down the most popular baby names by state.


Are there any names not on the list that you expected to see?


Have a question about your Social Security Disability claim? Contact us today. Richmond SSD lawyer and Virginia Beach disability attorney Corey Pollard represents disabled adults and children across the state, regardless of your first name.

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