20 Most Popular Baby Names In Texas

The list of the most popular baby names in Texas, and the U.S. for 2016 was recently and if the returns hold true, there were be a plethora of Noahs, Liams, Emmas and Mias entering kindergarten in Texas by 2021.

In fact, the number of kids named Noah and Emma have been at the top of the list nationwide for three years running for Emma, and four for Noah. (Want to get daily updates about traffic news and other events going on in your area? Sign up for the free Houston Patch morning newsletter.)


This article first appeared on The Patch, and was written by Bryan Kirk


The most popular baby names for 2016 were released by the Social Security Administration on May 12, and it seems many Texas parents are opting for some of the more traditional names.

Noah, of course topped the list with 2,017 boys dubbed with the name in 2016, followed by Liam with 1,784 named, Sebastian with 1,668, which was followed closely by Daniel with 1,610, and Matthew with 1,603.

So, what was the top baby girl name in Texas in 2016? Emma was the top vote getter with 2,139, followed by Mia 2,005, Sophia with 1,955, and Olivia at 1,931.

Isabella rounded out the top five for baby girls with 1,792 in 2016.

The U.S. list of most popular baby names was released last week, with just one new entry in the top 10, Elijah.

Among Texas mothers in 2016, Elijah was No. 7 on the list, with 1,498 baby boys getting that name.

Top 10 baby boy names in Texas for 2016:
Noah 2,017
Liam 1,784
Sebastian 1,668
Daniel 1,610
Matthew 1,603
Jacob 1,571
Elijah 1,498
Ethan 1,486
Jose 1,421
David 1,402

The Top 10 baby girl names in Texas for 2016:
Emma 2,139
Mia 2,005
Sophia 1,955
Olivia at 1,931.
Isabella 1,792
Sofia 1,558
Ava 1,523
Camila 1,259
Abigail 1,241
Emily 1,226

The SSA began compiling the list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880. The administration also notes how popular culture influences baby names. For 2016, the name Kehlani had the biggest jump in popularity and for boys, the name was Kylo.

The bump in popularity for Kehlani is likely to do with the popularity of the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kehlani Parrish, according to the SSA.

The bump for Kylo on the other hand likely has to do with the character in the 2015 movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Read more about the most popular baby names in Texas right here.

This article first appeared on The Patch, and was written by Bryan Kirk.

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