Berry Baby Names: Real-Life Choices of 2016

What names were picked by Berries last year?

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By Linda Rosenkrantz with Esmeralda Rocha

We recently posted a list of the names that you Berries showed the greatest interest in over the past year—topped by the not-too-surprising Olivia and Amelia, (both of which ranked in the top dozen nationally), and Ezra and Asher. But now we want to look at the names that were actually chosen when the moment of decision finally arrived, when the clicking and sharing stopped and all the tempting possibilities had to be narrowed down to that one ultimate, single, final choice.

Of course we know that, sadly, only a small percentage of berry births get recorded in our Birth Announcement Forum, our only available source (Memo to those expecting new arrivals in 2017: Resolve to share your choices with all of us!). But still, more than 300 new parents did enter their picks.

So which were the most popular among them?

On the girls’ side, Violet and Juliet/Juliette tied for top place among those used as either first and middle names, tying at 8 each. Olive and Violet were the most chosen first names, and Pearl was the most popular middle.

For boys, classic James was tops in total usage, followed by Theodore.   There was a 3-way tie for boys’ first names: Arthur, Jasper and Lucas, while James was the most popular middle.

First Names

Here are the girls’ names given to at least three recorded babyberries:

Evangeline

Jane

Louisa

Olive

Seren

Violet

Willa

Zelda

And for boys:

Arthur

Jasper

Lucas

Oscar

Theodore

Middle Names

Used three or more times for girls:

Ann

Astrid

Claire

Clementine

Elizabeth

Eloise

Estelle

Grace

Jane

Josephine

Juliet/Juliette

Louise

Margaret

Mary

Pearl

Rose (down from 6 last year to 3 in 2016)

Ruth

Soleil

Violet

And for boys:

Daniel

James

Joseph

Theodore

William

Wolf (replacing last year’s Fox)

Trends

NATURE names continued to blossom for girls, not only flowers and gems, but birds, rivers, trees, etc., including:

Breeze

Clover

Delta

Dove

Edelweiss

Juniper

Lark

Lavender

Magnolia

Opal

Pansy

Primrose

Wildrose

Wren

Non-nature WORD names for girls included:

Bliss

Cherish

Darling

Marvel

Story

Vesper

Wednesday

Whimsy

There were also lots of mythological, ancient and romantic literary names, from Amoret to Calliope to Calypso to Melisande to Nephele to Persephone to Sabine to Theodosia.

Vintage name remained staunch favorites, with announcements of girls names ranging from Ada, Adelaide, Adeline and Alice to Willa, Winnie and Zelda.

There were also lots of intriguing international imports, including Amal, Anais, Feodora, Mireille, Omorose. Signe and Vasilia.

Berries were not immune to the gender-bending trend, with girls named Grey, Hunter, James, Jericho, Rowe and Wilder.

For boys, there were a number of powerful mythological names, as in:

Atlas

Loki

Mars

Mercury

Odin

Osiris

Thor

Zeus

And, intentionally or not, some boys were downright presidential:

Calvin

Franklin

Pierce

Teddy

Theodore

Truman

And the boys proved to be as international as the girls, with such choices as:

Altair

Azaias

Bastian

Bodhi

Edel

Emrys

Inigo

Ivo

Keir

Nico

Paz

Sameer

Soren

Willem

Surname names were another popular boys’ category, from Calloway to Jameson to Kincaid to Nash to Rooney to Sullivan.

Word names given to boyberries included Cedar, Fox, Heath, Prosper, River, Shadow and Wolf.

But in general for boys, traditional names ruled, with a healthy representation of classics like James, John and Joseph and revivals such as Amos, Clement, Douglas, Edgar, Edwin, Eugene, Harold, Silas, Tobias.

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