Social Security Announces Top 10 Baby Names

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

Each May, Social Security releases the top 10 baby names of the previous year. We are the leading source for America’s popular names because almost every newborn gets a Social Security number at birth.

In a way, your name is your first “personal” information — a piece of identification that you have for the rest of your life.  Having a Social Security number provides the foundation for vital benefits to that child if they need them in the future and when they retire. Saving early is key to having enough money to live on in retirement.

Because we’re living longer, healthier lives, we can expect to spend more time in retirement than our parents and grandparents did. Achieving the dream of a secure, comfortable retirement is much easier when you plan your finances.

The three major elements of your retirement portfolio are pensions, savings and investments, and Social Security benefits. We can help you plan for retirement with our online resources at

Your benefits are based on your entire earnings history. We calculate your monthly benefit amount based on your highest 35 years of earnings.  To learn more about benefit calculations and other important retirement information, check out our Retirement Checklist at  This publication is easy to download, save, and share.

As you can see, a name and Social Security number provide an important first connection to potential future benefits. Are you curious where your own name appears in the baby names line-up?  You can look up the top names throughout history at

The top names will be announced at some point in May so stay tuned.  

Vonda VanTil is the Public Affairs Specialist for West Michigan.  You can write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525 or via email at