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The results are in...

The Social Security Administration has released their list of the top baby names of 2015 and--drumroll please--they were Emma and Noah. Again.

In fact, the top three most popular names remained unchanged from last year with Liam and Mason taking the second and third spots for boys while Olivia and Sophia rounded out the top three for girls.

The most exciting--er well, the only-- thing that happened in the top five in 2015 was in the girls category where Ava overtook Isabella, becoming the fourth most popular girls name in the US.

Benjamin broke into the top ten in 2015, replacing Daniel, which fell to number twelve. Harper pulled a similar move, inching into the number ten spot for girls, exiling Madison to number eleven.

Here Are the Top 20 Baby Names for Boys and Girls

The Top 20 Boys Names of 2015
  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Mason
  4. Jacob
  5. William
  6. Ethan
  7. James
  8. Alexander
  9. Michael
  10. Benjamin
  11. Elijah
  12. Daniel
  13. Aiden
  14. Logan
  15. Matthew
  16. Lucas
  17. Jackson
  18. David
  19. Oliver
  20. Jayden
The Top 20 Girls Names of 2015
  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Sophia
  4. Ava
  5. Isabella
  6. Mia
  7. Abigail
  8. Emily
  9. Charlotte
  10. Harper
  11. Madison
  12. Amelia
  13. Elizabeth
  14. Sofia
  15. Evelyn
  16. Avery
  17. Chloe
  18. Ella
  19. Grace
  20. Victoria
When it came to popularity lower on the list, there were some pretty big movers in 2015.

For boys, Wilder saw a serious jump of 360 spots, coming in at number 964. But the biggest climber last year was Riaan--a name that some may have never even heard of--which moved up an impressive 1360 places, landing at number 926.

For girls, there were also a few names that rocketed into the top 1,000 last year. Alaia made the most progress, shooting up the list to number 664, an increase of 2,012 points. Also of note was Adaline, which moved 1,029 spots to become number 364.

2015 also saw a few names whose popularity really plummeted. One name, however, took the cake for losing ground.

Isis, which was number 702 in 2014, fell dramatically last year, barely making it into the top 2,000. For obvious reasons, this name is bound to continue sinking in the future.

Speaking of less-than-lovable names, what about those that came in last?

According to the SSA, "For U.S. births in 2015, the top 1,000 names represent about 73 percent of all names." So--while those at the bottom of the list don't truly represent the least popular names in the US, they do offer some interesting insight.

The Least Popular Girls Names of 2015

981. Mariyah
982. Taya
983. Ireland
984. Lyra
985. Noor
986. Sariyah
987. Giavanna
988. Stevie
989. Rhea
990. Zaylee
991. Denise
992. Frankie
993. Janiya
994. Jocelynn
995. Libby
996. Aubrianna
997. Kaitlynn
998. Princess
999. Sidney
1000. Alianna

The Least Popular Boys Names of 2015

981. Truman
982. Chevy
983. Gilbert
984. Haiden
985. Brixton
986. Dangelo
987. Juelz
988. Osvaldo
989. Bishop
990. Freddy
991. Reagan
992. Frankie
993. Malaki
994. Camren
995. Deshawn
996. Jayvion
997. Leroy
998. Briar
999. Jaydon
1000. Antoine

To find the popularity of a specific name, check out this neat search. Or, see the full list here.