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First Published      Last Updated May 19 2017 09:00 pm

Ebenezer, Kanye and Star-Lord are, once again, not the most popular names for Utah newborns. At least this year.

But what tops the Social Security Administration's (SSA) annual list of most popular Utah baby names?

Well, for the boys, in order: Oliver, William, Liam, James and Henry.

For the girls: Olivia, Emma, Charlotte, Evelyn and Harper.

A few of those names mirror the national Social Security national list, where Noah, Liam, William, Mason and James are parents' top picks for boys and Emma, Olivia, Ava, Sophia and Isabella are trending for the girls.

Noah and Emma top the national list for the third year in a row, according to the SSA.




Like any annual list, there are some big jumpers from the year before. The biggest leap for girls is Kehlani, which the SSA theorizes could be attributed to Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kehlani Parrish. Kehlani shot up 2,487 spots to 872 last year.

For the boys, the largest leaper was Kylo, which jumped from 3,269 in 2015 to 901 last year. Kylo Ren is the name of Han Solo and Princess Leia's son in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" — the baddie grandson of Darth Vader who winds up killing Han. Way to infect your new baby with The Dark Side, nerd parents!

At least Chewbacca didn't make the list.

Visit www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/ to view the entire list.

 

AT A GLANCE

Utah’s most popular baby boy names for 2016

1. » Oliver

2. » William

3. » Liam

4. » James

5. » Henry

Nation’s most popular baby boy names for 2016

1. » Noah

2. » Liam

3. » William

4. » Mason

5. » James

Utah’s most popular baby girl names for 2016

1. » Olivia

2. » Emma

3. » Charlotte

4. » Evelyn

5. » Harper

Nation’s most popular baby girl names for 2016

1. » Emma

2. » Olivia

3. » Ava

4. » Sophia

5. » Isabella

Source: Social Security Administration


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