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(CNN) — Noah and Emma are the most popular baby names of 2014, the U.S. Social Security Administration announced Friday.

Biblical Noah held onto the top boy spot for a second year in a row, while Emma returned to the top girl spot for the first time since 2008.

The classic name James, which rose to the top in the 1940s and 1950s, made a return to the list in ninth place.

Predating the birth of the new Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana on May 2, 2015, the name Charlotte appeared on the top 10 list for the first time ever in tenth place. Expect Charlotte to attract a few more American fans this year. (Elizabeth was in 14th place, and Diana in 297th place).


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


1. Noah 2. Liam 3. Mason 4. Jacob 5. William 6. Ethan 7. Michael 8. Alexander 9. James 10. Daniel

Parents can find out how popular their names or their children’s names have been over time at the site.

You might wonder how the U.S. government knows such things about your newborns. That’s because many U.S. parents file for a Social Security number with the federal government about the same time that they’re filing for their baby’s birth certificate with their local government.

Social Security gave birth to a baby, too: an interactive blog where people can ask questions about retirement, survivors, disability, and Medicare benefits.


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