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Most popular baby names for every letter of the alphabet

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    Most popular baby names for every letter of the alphabet

    Among the numerous decisions parents must make when it comes to having and raising a child, choosing a name still stands out as one of the most difficult. Do you take the avant-garde route like so many celebrities and artists before you? Or is it better to play it safe so that your child doesn’t spend the first half of his or her life begrudgingly raising his or her hand during attendance? Naturally, the choice is yours.  

    If you ask us, there’s no need to rip a page from the Frank Zappa playbook and give your child a name like Moon Unit or Dweezil. Instead, stick with one of the most popular baby names for any given letter of the alphabet. It’s a surefire way to help your child achieve distinction on his or her own merits, and not because he or she feels obliged by some lofty name. You might even be pleasantly surprised with the entries on the list, many of which are anything but generic. Names like Brooklyn, or Isabella, or Liam, or Uriel, are both unique and classic at the same time. As for the name Unique—which was indeed the most popular female name starting with ‘U’ in 2016—we’ll let the irony speak for itself.  

    For all those prenatal decision-makers out there, Stacker is here to heed the call. Using the Social Security Administration as our source, we’ve gathered the most popular baby names for every letter of the alphabet. With the help of this list, one of the hardest decisions to make will ideally get a whole lot easier. As for the endless string of hard decisions that will follow...for that, you’re on your own.

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    A - Alexander (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #11 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 13,321

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    A - Ava (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #3 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 16,237

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    B - Benjamin (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #6 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 14,569

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    B - Brooklyn (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #34 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 5,922

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    C - Carter (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #26 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 10,134

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    C - Charlotte (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #7 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 13,030

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    D - Daniel (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #13 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 12,839

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    D - Delilah (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #115 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 2,715

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    E - Elijah (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #9 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 13,764

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    E - Emma (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #1 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 19,414

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    F - Finn (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #175 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 2,277

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    F - Faith (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #100 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 3,035

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    G - Gabriel (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #25 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 10,142

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    G - Grace (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #19 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 7,531

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    H - Henry (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #22 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 10,323

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    H - Harper (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #10 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 10,733

  • 18/ Pixabay

    I - Isaac (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #31 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 9,671

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    I - Isabella (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #5 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 14,722

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    J - James (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #5 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 14,776

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    J - Julia (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #88 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 3,310

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    K - Kevin (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #89 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 4,526

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    K - Kennedy (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #59 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 4,313

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    L - Liam (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #2 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 18,138

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    L - Lily (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #24 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 6,558

  • 26/ Pxhere

    M - Mason (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #4 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 15,192

  • 27/ Pxhere

    M - Mia (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #6 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 14,366

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    N - Noah (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #1 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 19,015

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    N - Natalie (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #31 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 6,156

  • 30/ Betty Wills (Atsme)

    O - Oliver (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #12 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 12,975

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    O - Olivia (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #2 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 19,246

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    P - Parker (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #87 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 4,685

  • 33/ Weird Beard // Wikicommons

    P - Penelope (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #27 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 6,367

  • 34/ Avsar Aras // Wikicommons

    Q - Quinn (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #330 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 1,040

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    Q - Quinn (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #79 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 3,636

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    R - Ryan (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #40 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 8,215

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    R - Riley (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #22 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 7,110

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    S - Samuel (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #21 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 10,492

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    S - Sophia (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #4 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 16,070

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    T - Thomas (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #48 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 7,309

  • 41/ Pxhere

    T - Taylor (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #89 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 3,261

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    U - Uriel (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #529 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 552

  • 43/ Max Pixel

    U - Unique (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #1796 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 115

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    V - Vincent (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #104 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 3,806

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    V - Victoria (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #21 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 7,267

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    W - William (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #3 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 15,668

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    W - Willow (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #96 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 3,086

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    X - Xavier (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #88 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 4,560

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    X - Ximena (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #118 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 2,673

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    Y - Yusuf (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #566 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 496

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    Y - Yaretzi (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #467 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 677

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    Z - Zachary (boys)

    Name rank in 2016: #90 for boys

    Number of births in 2016: 4,516

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    Z - Zoey (girls)

    Name rank in 2016: #26 for girls

    Number of births in 2016: 6,414

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