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Minnesota's most popular baby name? Almost the same for boys, girls

Infants at a private center for new mothers recuperating from childbirth. (Richard Perry/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

ST. PAUL—The hottest baby names for girls and boys in Minnesota are ... pretty much the same.

The Social Security Administration on Thursday listed the most common names given state-by-state to babies in 2017. Minnesota's most popular names were only two letters apart—Olivia and Oliver.

Earlier, the SSA reported the most popular names nationwide, which show how much Minnesota deviates from national norms.

Minnesota's top girls' names were Olivia, Evelyn, Emma, Charlotte and Nora. For boys, they were Oliver, William, Henry, Liam and Theodore.

But Oliver is not even on the top-five list for boys' names nationally. In the U.S., the top appellations were Liam, Noah, William, James and Logan for boys. The most common girls' names were Emma, Olivia, Ava, Isabella and Sophia.

Nationally, last year was the first time Liam was the most popular for boys, but Emma was atop the girls listings for the fourth straight year.

Meanwhile, give condolences to anyone named Michael or Emily.

Michael failed to make the top-10 list for the first time since World War II. In 2017, Emily was not among the nation's top 10 most popular girls' names—the first time that has happened since 1990.

The SSA began tracking baby names in 1997, listing names as old as 1880.

A complete listing of America's baby names is on the Social Security's website,

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