5 royal family members make the list of the most popular baby names in the U.S.


“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Juliet uttered these famous lines written by Shakespeare. However, I have to respectfully disagree with the Bard on this one. A name is very important, especially when it comes to naming a new baby. It has a lifelong impact.

Thankfully, soon-to-be parents have plenty of resources to help them make this big decision. One helpful resource is the U.S. government. That’s right. Every year, the Social Security Administration releases its list of the most popular baby names. The most recent list came out earlier this month and there are several interesting names on it worth noting.

It seems Americans have had royal fever since long before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement. In fact, five of our favorite royals from the House of Windsor made an appearance on the 2017 list. And while they may have been born years or decades earlier, this list proves that classics never go out of style.

The most popular royal name was that of Prince William. The name William appeared in the third spot on the list. Alexander, which is part of Prince George’s full name — George Alexander Louis — appeared at number 13. Prince Harry, whose real name is Henry, just made the cut at number 18.

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Not to be left out are the leading ladies of the House of Windsor. Queen Elizabeth’s name came in at number 13. Additionally, Princess Charlotte’s name appeared in the top ten at number eight.

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Those are just a handful of the 40 names that made the list. Here’s the full two lists of the most popular baby names for 2017 from the SSA.


  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. James
  5. Logan
  6. Benjamin
  7. Mason
  8. Elijah
  9. Oliver
  10. Jacob
  11. Lucas
  12. Michael
  13. Alexander
  14. Ethan
  15. Daniel
  16. Matthew
  17. Aiden
  18. Henry
  19. Joseph
  20. Jackson


  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabella
  5. Sophia
  6. Mia
  7. Charlotte
  8. Amelia
  9. Evelyn
  10. Abigail
  11. Harper
  12. Emily
  13. Elizabeth
  14. Avery
  15. Sofia
  16. Ella
  17. Madison
  18. Scarlett
  19. Victoria
  20. Aria

The Social Security Administration’s data is based on the approximately 3.8 million babies born in the U.S. during 2017. So these are lists you can trust. Whether you want your child to stand out with a unique name or fit in with all the Liams, Noahs, Emmas and Olivias is up to you.

Do you know any little ones with a name on these lists?

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