Kevin and Amy topped the list of the most popular baby names in American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands in 2017, according to the Social Security Administration.
The top five boys’ names for 2017 in the three U.S. territories were Kevin, Ethan, Daniel, William, and Michael, while the top girls’ names last year were Amy, Olivia, Sophia, Ava, and Emma.
Nancy A. Berryhill, acting commissioner of Social Security, announced last week that Liam and Emma were the most popular baby names in the U.S. How does American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands compare to the rest of the country? Check out Social Security’s website, www.socialsecurity.gov, to see the top national baby names for 2017.
Acting commissioner Berryhill encourages everyone to visit the agency’s website to enjoy the baby names list and create a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount, a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing through to the time they receive Social Security benefits.
Social Security beneficiaries can have instant access to their benefit verification letter, payment history, and complete earnings record by establishing a “my Social Security” account. Beneficiaries also can change their address, start or change direct deposit information, and print a replacement SSA-1099 online. People receiving benefits can request a replacement Medicare card online.
Individuals age 18 and older who are not receiving benefits can also sign up for a “my Social Security” account to get their personalized online Social Security statement. The online statement provides workers with secure and convenient access to their Social Security earnings and benefit information, and estimates of future benefits they can use to plan for their retirement.
The agency began compiling the baby name list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880. At the time of a child’s birth, parents supply the name to the agency when applying for a child’s Social Security card, thus making Social Security America’s source for the most popular baby names.
In addition to each state’s top baby names (and names for U.S. territories), Social Security’s website has a list of the 1,000 most popular boys and girls names for 2017.
To read about the winners for the biggest jump in popularity and to see how pop culture affects baby names, go to https://www.socialsecurity.gov/news/press/releases/. (SSA)