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Emma, Noah Were Top Baby Names in 2014

Social Security released a list of the year's most popular names for the boys and girls that were born.



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    The top baby names in the U.S. from 2014 were released by the Social Security Administration on Friday.

    For girls, Emma topped the list for the first time since 2008. Olivia and Sophia were the next most popular names. On the baby boy's side, Noah was the most popular name for the second year in a row, with Liam and Mason taking up the next two spots.

    There were a few new names in the top 10, Charlotte among them. 

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were trendy for picking the name for their new daughter. Charlotte came in at number 10 for girls, up one spot from the prior year.

    Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, also named her daughter Charlotte.

    "Charlotte's definitely going to hit the top three in the next three years," said Jennifer Moss, founder and CEO of Babynames.com.

    James also saw a comeback. The name was number one in the 1940s and '50s and now comes in at number nine for boys.

    Pop culture and religion have long influenced baby names.

    Emma's popularity soared in 2002, the same year that Rachel, a character on the popular TV show "Friends," named her baby Emma. Emma has been ranked among the top four baby names for girls since 2002, though it was just behind Sophia in 2013.

    "In this era when trends come and go faster than ever before, that's incredible staying power," said Laura Wattenberg, founder of BabynameWizard.com. "Emma seems to be the only name that America has been able to agree on in recent years."

    The Social Security Administration's website provides lists of the top 1,000 baby names for each year, dating to 1880. The top baby names that year were John and Mary. John is now No. 26 and Mary has fallen to No. 120.

    Officials hope that people visiting the Social Security website to research baby names will also learn about Social Security programs. This year, the agency is promoting a new blog called "Social Security Matters."

    Social Security also charts the fastest-rising names each year. These names may not be in the top 10 or even the top 100, but they moved up more spots than any other.

    For boys, the biggest riser was Bode, which jumped 645 spots to No. 783. Also among the top risers were Bodie and Bodhi. Bode Miller is an Olympic skier. Bodhi is a Buddhist term for enlightenment or awakening.

    For girls, the runaway winner was Aranza, which jumped 3,625 spots to No. 607. Aranza is a popular Mexican singer. Also, there is a character named Aranza on the Mexican telenovela "Por Siempre Mi Amor," which debuted in 2013.

    "Since the Internet and since pop culture is so prevalent and in-your-face all the time now, parents are finding baby names from fiction, from television, from movies, from celebrities, most often," Moss said. "And then secondly, friends and family and the family tree."

    You can see the whole list of baby names for the year and past years here.

    Here are the top 10 names for girls and boys for 2014:

    Girls:                                        Boys:

    1. Emma                                 1. Noah

    2. Olivia                                   2. Liam

    3. Sophia                                3. Mason

    4. Isabella                               4. Jacob

    5. Ava                                      5. William

    6. Mia                                      6. Ethan

    7. Emily                                   7. Michael

    8. Abigail                                 8. Alexander

    9. Madison                              9. James

    10. Charlotte                           10. Daniel