Baby names are so important. Parents get to give a child a name, for life, that will be uttered dozens of times a day. If it's horrible enough, that kid or adult can change it. But usually, people stick with what they're given.
Anybody who has one of those common names — Michael, Lauren, Matt, my fellow Sarahs — knows the blessings and the curses of having a name everybody else does. Your teacher won't mispronounce it. But you're likely to share your name with people you both like and dislike, and there's nothing you can do about that.
Each year, the Social Security Administration does an awesome thing by releasing the most popular baby names in Texas. We know what's going to happen: You're going to congratulate your mainstream friends for sticking to names other people like, or you're going to secretly judge them if they named their kid The Name Of the Year. Sorry in advance to baby Emma's mom.
The Social Security Administration has been compiling this baby name list since 1997, and names date back to 1880.
Interestingly, Texans' No. 1 baby names for boys and girls mimic the No. 1 baby names for the whole country. See the most popular baby names nationwide here.
Here are the most popular baby names in Texas for 2016.
We've paired them with photos of famous people who carry those names. These people are not babies. Onward.