When Noah meets Emma: Top US baby names for 2016

In fact, in 2016, the name Donald dropped 45 spots below its 2015 baby name ranking, according to the Social Security Administration's yearly Popular Names list.

Noah was the most popular boys name for the fourth consecutive year, while Emma was the most popular girls name for the third consecutive year.

Every year, the Administration releases a list of the top 1,000 names parents have chosen to name their children, and in 2016, the name Donald dropped from the 443rd spot to 488.

The name Zayn also rose in 2016, which could be based on Zayn Malik, the former One Direction star, Forbes reported. The fifth most popular name, Isabella, dominated in 2009 and 2010, around the same time as the peak popularity of the Twilight series and its protagonist Bella Swan.

The drop comes a year after Caitlyn Jenner announced her new name and gender. However, there has been a decided shift from the New Testament to the Old.

Over the past 100 years, Mary has been the name parents chose the most for their daughters, followed by Patricia, Jennifer, Elizabeth and Linda.

The second biggest jumps were for the names Royalty (for girls) and Creed (for boys), with pop culture playing a big role in overall baby name popularity.

In 1934, when Donald hit its apex as a name for American boys, 30,406 babies were named Donald.

For girls, the name Kehlani jumped from 3,359 in 2015 to 872 in 2016. Other names from the 2015 film The Force Awakens that moved up were Finn and Leia.

The kids and the teenagers were big on Kylo.

Wattenberg recalled one grandparent saying Kylo "sounds like a brand of laundry detergent or toothpaste".

That wouldn't make for a popular baby name a generation ago, Wattenberg said.

  • Joey Payne