Top baby names for 2015

The most popular baby names of 2015 were Emma and Noah - for the second year running.

The two names topped the annual list of most popular baby names in the US, according to the Social Security Administration. That's the third year on top for Noah, and the second in a row for Emma, which was also number one back in 2008.

The top five names for girls and boys in 2015 remained unchanged from the previous year. Liam, Mason, Jacob and William followed Noah, and Olivia, Sophia, Ava and Isabella followed Emma. Ava and Isabella swapped spots from 2014, with Ava climbing to number four.

Emma's popularity grew in 2002, the same year that Rachel, a character played by Jennifer Aniston on the TV show Friends, named her baby Emma.

For several years, trends have favoured names that are short and smooth, such as Mia, Liam and Noah, and that have a lot of vowels.

Two girls' names that soared in popularity in 2015 were Alaia and Adaline, while for boys the top-rising name is Riaan. It's the name of the young son of a well-known Bollywood actor, Riteish Deshmukh.



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