Here Are the Most Popular Baby Names in the US Right Now

The top baby names of 2017 are official, and they’re heavy on the M sounds: Liam for boys, and Emma for girls.

Emma is a returning champ in the No. 1 slot, but Liam rose to the top of the list for boys for the first time, knocking down long-running favorite Noah (which now sits at No. 2 for boys). William, James, Logan, Benjamin, Mason, Elijah, Oliver and Jacob rounded out the top 10 boys’ names. For the first time since World War II, Michael is out of the top 10, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), which maintains the list.

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These Were the Most Popular Baby Names of 2017

The Social Security Administration has released its official list of the most popular baby names for boys and girls in 2017 ‘ and there are a few ‘famous’ names in the mix.

Emma was the most popular girls baby name in 2017, but whether that is in any way connected to Emma Stone, who won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in La La Land, is unclear. The name Emma is the most popular baby name for girls for four years running.

Ava ‘ the name of the director AvaDuVernay, who made TIME’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2017 and is also the first black woman to direct a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar ‘ features in third position on the list of girls’ names. Emma, Olivia and Ava were also the three most popular names for girls in 2016.

In the kitchen with the Bartolini brothers, whose spaghetti and meatballs are ‘No. 1 in Illinois’

‘We put sugar in our ricotta,’ he says. ‘Everybody thinks it’s in the sauce, but it’s really in the cheese.’

Chris and Dominic Bartolini, whose Midlothian restaurant was made famous by its 10-pound meatball sandwich and annual meatball-eating contest, are really sweet on nostalgia and Mama’s lasagna.

‘Food brings out so many emotions and it brings back so many memories,’ Chris, 51, said. ‘People come here and ask about things they ate years ago.’

And Dominic, 48, turns them into specials, such as poor man’s pierogi or the Cubano. Others have included jerk chicken and seasonal dishes such as schnitzel and dumplings for Octoberfest or corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day.

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