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List of most popular baby names in NJ released for 2016

List of most popular baby names in NJ released for 2016

For the boys, Noah is now the most popular baby name, with 80 boys born in 2016 with that name.

About a week after releasing its list of the most popular baby names in the U.S.in 2016, the Social Security Administration on Thursday came out with its breakdown of last year's most popular names by state based on Social Security card registrations. Ava was the most popular girl's name, at 279. Liam and Emma led the way.

"At the time of a child's birth, when parents supply the name when they apply for the Social Security number, we track that information across the country and by state", Lo said.

The list of the top five girls names in the three states is nearly identical, though the rankings vary.

Outside the top 10, pop culture once again influenced baby name decisions, according to Forbes. John is now listed, nationally, at number 28 and Mary has dropped down to 127.

For 2016, Kehlani and Kylo saw the biggest increases.

For boys, Kylo soared from number 3,269 in 2015 to number 901.

Kehlani rose to number 872 from number 3,359 in 2015. Music fans will recognize Kehlani from artist Kehlani Parrish, and Star Wars fans will remember Kylo from "The Force Awakens". The name Zayn also made the boys fastest riser list.


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