The Social Security Administration’s list of top baby names doesn’t change too dramatically from year to year ― but there are interesting trends over time.
The SSA keeps lists of the most popular names for every year and decade since the 1880s. The first decade of the 2000s wasn’t that long ago, yet its top baby name rankings diverge from the most recent data.
While “Emily” dominated the list of names for girls from 2000 through 2009, it’s completely fallen off the top 10 list in recent years. Meanwhile, “Liam” came in at a humble No. 96 among boys’ names in the aughts, but it later rose to become 2017’s highest-ranking name for male newborns.
Without further ado, here are the top baby names for boys and girls born in the first 10 years of the 2000s.