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What are some of the most popular names in the U.S.?

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As of 2015, Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella and Ava rank among the most popular female names in the United States. Noah, Liam, Jacob, Mason and William remain some of the most popular male names.

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In 2014, Emma ranked as the most popular female name in the United States, while from 2011 to 2013, Sophia held that title. Prior to that, popular names have included Emily, ranked number one from 1996 to 2007, and Jennifer, the most popular name from 1970 to 1984. The most popular female name in U.S. history is Mary, having ranked number one from 1915 to 1946 and again from 1953 to 1961. Patricia comes in second, while Jennifer, Elizabeth and Linda round out the five most popular names in U.S. history.

Noah held the title of the most popular male name in 2013 and 2014. From 1999 to 2012, Jacob remained the most popular. The most popular male names before that include Michael, which held the top spot most often with 44 citations, and Robert, number one from 1924 to 1939. John, ranked number one from 1915 to 1923 and remained in the top five for years afterward, remains the most popular male name in U.S. history, followed by James.

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