Emma, for girls, and Oliver, for boys, are the two most popular baby names in North Dakota. Stock image
What are the top baby names in ND? The boys have a repeat winner
WILLISTON, N.D. — In a few years, if you’re visiting a kindergarten class and call on Emma, you might have to qualify which one you mean.
That’s because Emma is back on top of the list of most popular baby names in North Dakota.
The 2017 list of most popular baby names in the state, published Thursday, May 17, by the Social Security Administration, showed that Emma was the most popular name for a baby girl last year.
Oliver was the most popular boy’s name, a repeat from the 2016 list.
Emma, however, climbed up from third place in 2016 to top the list again for 2017. It was the most popular girl’s name in 2012 and 2013, then fell to second place in 2014 and 2015.
The four other most popular names for girl babies in North Dakota last year were Harper, Olivia, Amelia and Ava. Emma, Harper and Olivia have been in the top five every year since 2012.
For boy’s names in the state, Liam looks to be picking up steam once again. It was the most popular in 2012, 2014 and 2015, No. 2 in 2013 and fell all the way to No. 5 in 2016. Last year it climbed to third.
Nationwide, the top name for boys was Liam and for girls was Emma.
Despite its popularity in North Dakota, Oliver only comes in at No. 9 on the list of most popular boys’ names for the U.S. in 2017.
A news release from the state’s Social Security office includes only the top five most popular names for North Dakota, but the administration tracks the 100 most popular names both statewide and nationwide.
For 2017, Brantley was No. 100 on the North Dakota list of most popular boys’ names, with 13 babies named Brantley. For girls, there were five names with 10 babies each. They were: Aliana, Alexis, Alice, Bailey and Haven.
For the United States as a whole, the 100th most popular boys’ name was Jameson, with 3,907, and for girls it was Madeline with 2,938.
The Social Security list of baby names for the country goes back to 1880, when the most popular names were John and Mary and the 100th most popular names were Calvin and Emily.