CONTEST: Guess the New Top 10s and Win!

CONTEST: Guess the New Top 10s and Win!

The wait is almost over! The official list of U.S. Most Popular Names of 2017 will be released on twitter by the Social Security Administration on Friday, May 11 at 9:05 am ET

And so in advance of the imminent announcement, which of course we’re all awaiting with bated breath, we’re challenging you to predict which names you think will come out on top. Will Noah be the Number 1 boy name for the fifth straight year or will there be a new lad in first place? And will Emma be replaced after three years in the lead by one of her recent competitors—Olivia, Sophia, Ava, Isabella—or by a new girl in town?

What about the rest of the Top 10? How do you see the order shifting? Which names will drop off or jump onto the Top 10 for girls and boys? As a reminder, here were the leading names last year:


  1. Emma

  2. Olivia

  3. Ava

  4. Sophia

  5. Isabella

  6. Mia

  7. Charlotte

  8. Abigail

  9. Emily

  10. Harper


  1. Noah

  2.  Liam

  3. William

  4. Mason

  5. James

  6. Benjamin

  7. Jacob

  8. Michael

  9. Elijah

  10. Ethan

The first person to guess the Top 10 girls and Top 10 boys in the correct order will win the prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

So don’t delay—get your predictions in on the comments below asap!! Contest ends on the morning of May 11, immediately before the big announcement!

If no one guesses the correct Top 10s, we’ll award the prize to the person who in our opinion comes closest.

Here is the official SSA tweet:

Join us on Friday, May 11 at 9:05 A.M. ET for the reveal of Social Security’s Top 10 Baby Names of 2017! RSVP here:

Oh, and, as always, if you like, you can go beyond the Top 10 and make some further predictions, such as new names in the Top 1000, names making the largest leaps….

About the Author

Linda Rosenkrantz

Linda Rosenkrantz

Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. You can follow her personally at InstagramTwitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.