Social Security to Announce Top Ten Baby Names

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

Each May, Social Security releases the top 10 baby names of the previous year.  Along with a name, almost every newborn receives a Social Security number at birth. Your name is what makes you, you!  Your name is linked to your Social Security number, and it connects you to important national programs, such as disability, retirement, and survivors benefits.

Are you thinking about having children or already expecting a newborn?  If so, at the top of your new parent or guardian to-do list should be “get my child a Social Security number.”  It’s one of the first steps that you can take to protect their bright future.  To learn more about this topic, read our Social Security Numbers for Children publication at and explore our Parents and Guardians page at

Are you curious where your own name appears in the baby names list?  See how your name ranks, as far back as 1879 at  Be sure to view the latest top 10 baby names when we release them in time for Mother’s Day.

Vonda Van Til 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