Category: Girl Names
The most popular baby names of 2016 (so far) have been tallied, and we have a new Number 1 name for girls: Olivia.
This is the first time Olivia has taken the top spot in Nameberry’s popularity polls, unseating Charlotte. Olivia ranks in second place in the official US and British name standings, and at Number 1 in Australia and New Zealand. Olivia is a Latin name meaning “olive tree”; her male counterpart Oliver is also popular.
Charlotte was the Number 1 girls’ name for all of 2015, buoyed by the naming of England‘s baby princess, and also ruled the Nameberry charts for several previous years. Emma is the Number 1 girls’ baby name in the US for 2014, the most recent year counted by the Social Security administration.
The most popular boys’ name so far in 2016 is the Biblical Ezra, which also ruled Nameberry’s 2015 list. In fact, the first seven names on the boys’ Top 10 are identical to the full year 2015 results. There are only two new entrants to the boys’ Top 10, with Levi and Wyatt replacing Jude and Jasper.
Our name rankings are based on the most-visited of the nearly 20 million views of our individual name pages in the first three months of this year.
The full Top 10 baby names so far in 2016, with their standings compared with 2015, are:
We are due with our fourth daughter in May and are so excited.
Our inspiration for their names came from our love of our Scottish/Irish heritage and girlie classic names. All of their middles are family names. Middle name options for this baby include Rachel, Susan, Dorothy, River, and Jane.
We need help naming this daughter. Nothing seems right! Ideally we want it to be soft and feminine but something you don’t hear all the time. It’s been hard because I don’t want names to sound similar (like Brynn and Quinn). If possible we’d like to go into meeting her with at least two names to pick from.
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By Joslyn McIntyre
My stepdaughter, Emily, is 17 and already has her first daughter’s name picked out. She doesn’t even have a boyfriend, but she has confidently repeated this name to me several times. To which I usually respond, “Don’t you dare have a baby for at least ten years.”
When I was Emily’s age, long, long ago, I too, wanted to have lots of babies, right away, and I had all their names picked out. In fact, I kept journals full of potential baby names I would use with my future husband, River Phoenix. I planned to raise a brood of nature lovers we’d call things like Meadow, Fawn, and Seashell. Luckily for my actual daughters, River Phoenix and I never worked out.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
March 25th is Greek Independence Day–a major Hellenic holiday–and today we commemorate it with some wonderful but neglected Greek names for girls drawn from both the rich treasure trove of ancient mythological appellations and names found in modern Greece which have not made inroads this country.
I am due in July with baby number two, a girl. My husband and I are having a difficult time agreeing on names.
My husband’s only condition is that it can be pronounced easily in both Spanish and English. I am a little more flexible in that my only requirement is that it not be too popular.
Our surname ends with “-in” and while our son’s name is Julian, this time we’d like to steer away from similar sounding names. M names are also out due to our surname.
He likes Naomi, Elena, and Natalia but I’m on the fence about all three. I also like Eliana, but it almost breaks my rule about not sounding too much like our last name, and it might be too close to our son’s name.
Is there a way to make popular names work without sacrificing that unique feeling of a rare name?
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