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Fastest-growing baby names: Would you consider them?

The fastest growing baby names for boys, King and Messiah, suggest great power, while the fastest-growing baby name for girls, Arya, comes from a fierce princess in 'Game of Thrones.'


Luggage tags with children's names are displayed in East Montpelier, Vt. Jacob and Sophia top the list of most popular baby names again, but King and Arya are the fastest-growing baby names.

Toby Talbot / AP

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Talk about high expectations for a newborn: King and Messiah are among the fastest-rising baby names for American boys.

They're just a little behind Major, the boy's name that jumped the most spots on the Social Security Administration's annual list of popular baby names.

Jacob is the most popular for boys — again — and Sophia is the top name for girls, according to the list released Thursday.

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It was Jacob's 14th straight year at the top. Next were Mason, Ethan, Noah and William. Liam cracked the top 10 for the first time, coming in at No. 6. Daniel slipped out of the top 10 for the first time since 1998, to No. 11.

It was Sophia's second year in a row at the top for girls. Next were Emma, Isabella, Olivia and Ava.

But what about those rising boys' names?

Typically, says Laura Wattenberg, author of "The Baby Name Wizard" and founder of Babynamewizard.com, "You don't get a lot of Messiahs. You can have a lot more Majors."


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