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Top MA Baby Names For 2018 Revealed

There wasn’t much change at the top of the boys’ and girls’ lists. Here are the 100 most popular names in Massachusetts last year.

By Mike Carraggi , Patch Staff
May 17, 2019 11:58 a m ET | Updated May 17, 2019 12:04 p m ET

It’s all about the Benjamin babies. Again.

The Social Security Administration on Friday released each state’s most popular baby names in 2018. For the seventh straight year, Benjamin was atop the boys’ list.

For the second straight straight year, Emma led the girls’ list. Emma and Olivia have been in some order in the 1-2 spots since 2012. Emma was also the No. 1 girls’ name in the country for the fifth straight year.

In Massachusetts, the top 10 baby names for boys in 2018 were:

  1. Benjamin
  2. Liam
  3. James
  4. Lucas
  5. William
  6. Noah
  7. Logan
  8. Henry
  9. Owen
  10. Theodore

The top 10 baby names for Massachusetts girls in 2018 were:

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Charlotte
  4. Sophia
  5. Isabella
  6. Ava
  7. Amelia
  8. Mia
  9. Evelyn
  10. Abigail

Check out the top 100 boys’ and girls’ baby names across Massachusetts here.

Nationwide, the top baby names for boys and girls born in 2018 are once again Liam and Emma, the same names that topped the Social Security Administration’s annual list last year. Liam has been a preferred name for boys for the second year in a row. When Liam made it to the top of the list in 2017, it overtook Noah, which had been the No. 1 name for boys since 2013.

There were some changes to the popular list. According to the Social Security Administration, Jacob and Abigail — two names that have been longtimers on the list — dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since 1992 and 2000, respectively. Sadly, Michael also fell out of the top 10 boys’ names for the first time this century.

Nationally, the top 10 baby names for boys in 2018 were:

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. James
  5. Oliver
  6. Benjamin
  7. Elijah
  8. Lucas
  9. Mason
  10. Logan

For girls, the top 10 baby names for 2018 were:

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabella
  5. Sophia
  6. Charlotte
  7. Mia
  8. Amelia
  9. Harper
  10. Evelyn

The Social Security Administration began compiling the list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880. The agency also notes that popular culture influences baby names.

In 2018, parents appeared to have been influenced by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. Meghan was the fastest rising girls’ name in 2018.

The agency is already anticipating what effect the name Archie will have in 2019, the name given to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s newborn son. Archie already had a gain in popularity in 2018, making it to the top 1,000 for the first time since 1988.

Top MA Baby Names For 2018 Revealed – Boston, MA – There wasn't much change at the top of the boys' and girls' lists. Here are the 100 most popular names in Massachusetts last year.

List of most popular baby names in Massachusetts released

BOSTON (WHDH) – The Social Security Administration has released a list of the most popular baby names in Massachusetts in 2018.

Benjamin topped the list for boy names, with 426 newborns coming into the world with the name.

Emma checked in as the most popular name among girls, with 405 babies.

The top 10 names for boys were:

  1. Benjamin – 426
  2. Liam – 394
  3. James – 371
  4. Lucas – 363
  5. William – 362
  6. Noah – 356
  7. Logan – 317
  8. Henry – 311
  9. Owen – 286
  10. Theodore – 276

The top 10 names for girls were:

  1. Emma – 405
  2. Olivia – 394
  3. Charlotte – 336
  4. Sophia – 336
  5. Isabella – 299
  6. Ava – 260
  7. Amelia – 243
  8. Mia – 243
  9. Evelyn – 233
  10. Abigail – 229

To view a full list of the top 100 baby names in the state, click here.

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