The Nation's 20 Favorite Baby Names

Can you guess which baby name had a huge surge in popularity? Hint: David and Victoria Beckham may have something to do with it.

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Get ready to hear the name Harper more than you ever thought you would—according to the Social Security Association, it's the hot new baby name of the moment and it's made a sudden, dramatic leap in popularity. 

Harper is one of the top ten baby names for girls for the first time. We've definitely seen a shift in the collection of ultra-popular names recently—classic picks like Mary, Catherine and Caroline have taken the backseat to more modern picks—but those modern names have held top spots for the past few years, with choices like Olivia, Emma and Emily making appearances on top ten lists over and over. This year, Harper appeared virtually out of nowhere to disrupt those relatively constant rankings. 

Now, Harper isn't the single most common name on this list. Actually, it brings up the rear, coming in at number 10. With that being said, it's being hailed as the hot new name thanks to its meteoric ascent. Harper also has strong pop cultural ties as well: David and Victoria Beckham do have a daughter with the name, after all. And let's not forget Harper Lee, whose name was heard so often thanks to the buzz surrounding her popular novel Go Set a Watchman and recent death. 

The name was virtually unheard of before 2000—but that's clearly not the case anymore. Do you think this will continue to rise in popularity? Or is the name Harper a trendy pick for 2016?

Here are the top ten most popular girls names of 2015 as listed by the Social Security Association:

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

Curious about the most popular boys names? Check them out below:

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

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