There are a couple of names in the spotlight here in Alaska now that the Social Security Administration are calling them the most popular baby names in the state.  

James topped the most popular name for newborn baby boys last year, according to the SSA. Emma took the top spot for girls. 

In a report made by the Administration, there were a total of 47 boys named James and 56 girls named Emma in 2017. 

James is derived from the Hebrew name Jacob, according to the website Baby Center. The popular boys' name means "supplanter", one who follows. 

Emma is an English name derived from the Old German for "whole" or "universal", the website reads.  

Not only is Emma popular in Alaska, it's the most popular girls' name in America, according to SSA. Liam is the most popular name for boys. 

"This marks the first time Liam has bested the boys, beating Noah for the top spot, and the fourth straight year for Emma," SSA wrote. "Liam first crawled into the top 10 in 2012 and has been reaching for the highest honor ever since."

Other names rounding out the list for popular baby names in Alaska include:


  1. James 
  2. Liam
  3. Wyatt
  4. William
  5. Noah


  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Aurora
  4. Isabella 
  5. Sophia

For the full list of names, click here

The Social Security Administration has compiled lists of most popular baby names since 1997.

To read about the winners for the biggest jump in popularity and to see how pop culture affects baby names, go to

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