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The Most Popular Baby Names In The U.S. Have Been Revealed

It's nice to know that despite the rise in popularity of "unique" baby names, there are still some parents who like to stick to the classic.

Over the last decade, we've seen people, especially celebrities, give their offspring names like Apple, Blanket, and Sno FilmOn Dot Com Cozart.

But it seems like not all parents care about standing out from the rest, they rather give their children names that they won't want to change when they get older.

The top baby names

Emma and Liam were the most frequently chosen baby names for 2017.

For the fourth year in a row, Emma was the top girl's name according to the annual list of the most popular baby names released by the Social Security Administration on Friday.

Liam pushed last year's champ, Noah, to second to claim the top spot.

The Social Security Administration releases the 1,000 most popular baby names each year. They trumpeted the name reveals Friday with a Facebook Live announcement.

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The agency uses the announcement to draw traffic to its website, where workers can begin tracking their benefits long before retirement.

When it came to girls' names, Emma was followed by Olivia, Ava, Isabella and Sophia.

For the boys, Liam and Noah were followed by William, James and Logan.

Other trends last year included a rise in the use of Melania for a girl, likely influenced by first lady Melania Trump.

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Pamela Redmond Satran, who blogs about baby-naming and is also co-founder of the baby name site Nameberry.com, said the rise of Liam reflects the large population of Irish people in the U.S. who may not speak Irish, but have ethnic pride.

"I think you see ethnic influences coming into play in a more indirect way. You see more parents looking back and looking for places in their lives that hold meaning that can be translated into names," said Satran, who also co-wrote the books The Baby Name Bible and Cool Names for Babies.

Ethnic pride could also be a factor for parents of Hispanic descent. A lot of new parents "are using Hispanic names rather than trying to pick more Anglo-fied names," Satran said.

She also says Hispanic culture has become more ingrained in the food, music and television that Americans consume. So, names such as Sofia and Ariana become more well-known.

"As cultures of various Spanish-speaking countries become more familiar to mainstream America, I think the names start being used beyond the Hispanic population."

What to expect in 2018

The baby names for 2017 seem really tame compared to the monikers we've seen celebrities like Kim Kardashian and her sister Kylie Jenner, give their daughters.

At the end of the year, Nameberry unveiled their list for 2018's biggest name trends, and although they claimed that old-fashioned names will make comeback, there will be many among the top that will  leave us feeling a tad confused.

According to the website, we should expect more babies to be named after strong women like Oprah and Ivanka.    

Serious names like Ruth, Eleanor, and Margaret will also be popular choices because they give the person a better chance of getting into college, according to a study cited by the website.

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Also, Melania isn't the only White House resident whose name will continue to be popular this year.

The excitement over the last election has given boost to names of former presidents like Carter, Kennedy, Jackson, and Tyler. Donald is also on the rise.

Nameberry also revealed that the "Consonant of the moment" is S, which means we will be seeing a lot of boys and girls with names with the letter.

Looks like Kylie got inspired by this trend when she named her daughter Stormi.

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For girls, the site says to expect names like Sage, Sasha, Sayer, and Soren, but for the boys, you'll see a lot of birth announcements with names that end with an s, like Rufus, Ozias, Linus, and Augustus.

As usual, parents will also look to pop culture to inspire their name choices, so don't be surprised to see hear superhero names like Logan, Natasha, Tony, and Harley.

Who knows, mega fans might go for the unique factor and pick a name like Thor, Loki, or Banner.

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These modern names are such a departure from the top baby monikers that those who were born and raised in the 50s, 60s, and 70s are familiar with.

James and Mary, both of which were derived from Hebrew, were the top names in the 50s. Lisa was the ultimate female name in the 60s, and Michael, the most popular name of all time, dominated both the 60s and the 70s.

Graduation ceremonies for the class of 2031 will without a doubt be very interesting.

Awa has been writing for Shared for 3 years. She is a serial snacker who unapologetically loves celebrity gossip. Drop her a line at awa@shared.com.