- Associated Press - Friday, December 21, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Health Department says Emma emerged as the most popular name for baby girls in the city last year, while Liam held onto the top spot for newborn boys.

The city Health Department announced the 2017 rankings Friday. They’re based on birth certificate records.

Emma ascended from third place to knock Olivia out of the number-one spot for girls for the first time since 2014. Liam has topped the boys’ rankings since 2016.

Rounding out the top five for girls: Mia, Sophia and Isabella. For boys: Noah, Jacob, Ethan and David.

The number of babies born citywide dropped 2.8 percent from 2016 to 2017, when there were 117,013 live births.

Among the rarest monikers: Artemis, Tzippy and Reizy for girls, and Azriel, Zeus and Thaddeus for boys.

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