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Most popular baby names of 2015 revealed in survey

Most popular baby names of 2015 revealed in survey

Each December, BabyCenter releases its list of the most popular baby names in the U.S. from throughout the year. The lineup of 2015's most popular baby names was recently revealed, and the results are intriguing to say the least. 

The top three most popular baby names from 2014 maintained their positions in this year's survey, and the Huffington Post reported interesting influences from social media and television on baby names in 2015.

Boy names
For the second year running, Jackson, Aidan and Liam held the top three positions in BabyCenter's list. This is the third straight year Jackson has been the number one baby name for boys in the U.S.

The name that saw the biggest jump in popularity for boys was Muhammad, which jumped 19 spots to land at 39 on the list. Charlie, meanwhile, dropped from 62 in 2014 all the way to 81 in 2015's list. 

The top ten most popular boy names in 2015 according to the survey were:

  1. Jackson
  2. Aiden
  3. Liam
  4. Lucas
  5. Noah
  6. Mason
  7. Ethan
  8. Caden
  9. Logan
  10. Jacob

Girl names
Sophia was once again the most popular name for baby girls in the U.S. this year, and like the boys, the second and third most popular names did not change between 2014 and 2015. Emma and Olivia finished second and third, respectively. 

Meanwhile, Sophie plummeted in the rankings, according to BabyCenter.  Paisley jumped the most for girls in 2015, going from 96 to 64 on the list. 

Here are 2015's top ten most popular baby girl names.

  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Ava
  5. Mia
  6. Isabella
  7. Zoe
  8. Lily
  9. Emily
  10. Madison

Unique trends
According to the Huffington Post 2015 saw some interesting inspiration from places like social media and television. For example, names like Valencia, Lux and Kelvin are all filter options on Instagram, and each saw huge leaps in popularity. Lux saw a 75 percent increase in use. BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief Linda Murray talked about this trend in a press release,

"This is the first time we've seen technology break through as a source of name inspiration. Photo-sharing is a daily and emotional part of millennials' lives, and those two ingredients can trigger love for a name."

Baby names associated with royalty also jumped in popularity, the Huff Post reported. Beyond Charlie and Charlotte, names like Duchess, Sultan and King had huge gains, while Royalty and Reign saw a 90 percent increase in popularity this year. 

The television program "Empire" was evidently influential in baby names selection this past year. Dre, Lyon and Hakeem all jumped at least 50 percent, and for the first time Luscious appeared on BabyCenter's list. According to Hollywood Reporter, "Empire" earned 17 million viewers in its first season alone, making it one of the most popular new shows of 2015.

Other trends in this year's survey of popular baby names saw an increase in gender neutral names like Carson and Riley. Likewise, names related to outer space like Venus and Stella also jumped in popularity in 2015. 

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