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Most popular baby names in New York for 2016

The Social Security Administration announced the most popular

The Social Security Administration announced the most popular baby names in New York State in 2016. Credit: iStock

While Emma and Noah top the list of the most popular baby names in 2016, how does New York compare to the rest of the country?

According to a recent news release from the Social Security Administration, Olivia and Liam top the list in New York State. The top five boys and girls names for 2016 in New York include:

Boys: Liam, Jacob, Noah, Ethan and Michael

Girls: Olivia, Emma, Sophia, Isabella and Ava

There were 1,413 Liams and 1,215 Olivas born in the Empire State in 2016. Other names that made NY's top 100 list: Lucas, Mason, Grayson, Jayden, Leo and Asher for boys. Harper, Esther, Arianna, Chaya, Luna and Serenity made the list for girls.

Each year, the administration's list also notes pop-culture trends affecting baby names across the country. The names Kehlani and Kylo saw the biggest jump in popularity out of the top 1,000 names in 2016.

Kehlani, which could be attributed to Kehlani Parrish, a 2016 Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, rose 2,487 spots on the girls' list to No. 872, from No. 3,359. The name Kylo increased 2,368 spots for boys, from No. 3,269 in 2015 to No. 901 this year. Kylo Ren, the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia, is a character in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

The second fastest riser for girls was Royalty, possibly influenced by the royal family, and Creed, based on the 2015 movie "Creed" featuring Rocky Balboa who trains and mentors Adonis Johnson Creed, the son of his late friend Apollo Creed.

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