Have you ever wondered where your name came from? Maybe your parents wanted to go with a classic choice. Or maybe they were inspired by where they lived…or where they wanted to live. Or maybe it was just a straight-up crowd-pleaser (hey there, Mary and Michael.) Here, according to the Social Security Administration, are the most popular baby names from 1916 to 2015.

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Twenty20

2014 to 2015
Girl:
Emma
Boy: Noah 

2013
Girl: Sophia
Boy: Noah 

2011 to 2012
Girl:
Sophia
Boy: Jacob

2009 to 2010
Girl: Isabella
Boy: Jacob

2008
Girl: Emma
Boy: Jacob

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Twenty20

1999 to 2007
Girl: Emily
Boy: Jacob

1996 to 1998
Girl: Emily
Boy: Michael

1993 to 1995
Girl: Jessica
Boy: Michael

1991 to 1992
Girl: Ashley
Boy: Michael

1985 to 1990
Girl: Jessica
Boy: Michael

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Twenty20

1970 to 1984
Girl:
Jennifer
Boy: Michael

1962 to 1969
Girl: Lisa
Boy: Michael

1961
Girl: Mary
Boy: Michael

1960
Girl: Mary
Boy: David

1954 to 1959
Girl: Mary
Boy: Michael

1953
Girl: Mary
Boy: Robert

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Twenty20

1947 to 1952
Girl: Linda
Boy: James

1940 to 1946
Girl: Mary
Boy: James

1924 to 1939
Girl: Mary
Boy: Robert

1916 to 1923
Girl: Mary
Boy: John 

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