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Magical Baby Names from Harry Potter

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By Abby Sandel

Are you ready to go back to Hogwarts?

On July 31st, the eighth installment in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will be released. A two-part stage play based on the story debuted in London’s West End earlier this summer.

Thanks to a successful #KeeptheSecrets campaign, there’s been little coverage of the new adventures for Harry, Hermione, and Ron, but we do know that all three characters return – along with many of our other favorites.

We’ll meet their children, too. The next generation was introduced briefly in Book Seven’s epilogue, so no spoilers here.

Instead, let’s look at – what else! – the Harry Potter baby names that have caught on (or not) in the nineteen years since we first met an eleven-year-old wizard named Harry Potter.

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The Hottest Baby Names This Summer

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

Which baby names are hottest right now? We compared views of our name pages for the first month of summer 2016 with the same period last year in search of the names that had made the most dramatic leaps. We only considered names that had received at least 100 views and calculated the percentage jump over last year. The results: Ten surprising girls’ names and ten for boys strongly influenced by pop culture.

The 20 hottest baby names of summer 2016 are:

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Nine Boy Baby Names to Watch…

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By Abby Sandel

Robin Tunney chose Oscar. Cait Jenner’s new grandson is Bodhi. And last month, Natalia Vodianova named her youngest Roman.

What do the names have in common? They all appear on the new Nameberry Top 100.

Based on nearly 40 million page views from the first half of 2016, these are the most popular names on our site.

They’re also ahead of the trends, ranking fifty spots – or more! – higher on Nameberry than in the current US popularity stats.

Does this mean that berries can predict the hottest baby names? Maybe. Newcomers to our Top Ten, like Levi and Wyatt, continue to gain in use, going from out-there choices to mainstream favorites.

Let’s take a look at some Nameberry favorites featured on high profile birth announcements of recent years.

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Vintage Baby Names: Lost Boys of 1916

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By Abby Sandel

In April, we looked at the vintage girl names of 1916, rarities still lingering in the attic. Now it’s time for vintage boy names from 1916! These choices weren’t chart-toppers one hundred years ago, but they were in the Top 1000, and in steady, regular use. Today, they feel surprisingly fresh, even modern. If you’re looking for a rare name with a history of use, these names could be the perfect pick for a son.

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The Most Popular Baby Names of 2016

popular baby names 2016

by Pamela Redmond Satran

There’s a new girls’ name at the head of the popularity list for the first half of 2016, with Olivia claiming Nameberry’s official Number 1 spot.

Ezra holds his place at the top of the boys’ popular names list, a position the Biblical name claimed in 2015.

Olivia replaces Charlotte, the girls’ top name for 2015, which slips to Number 3. Amelia, Ava, and Isla round out the girls’ Top 5. Five new girls’ names ascend to the Top 10 in 2016: Arabella, Aurora, Adeline, Isabella, and Mia.

The Top 5 boys’ names retain the order they claimed for 2015: Ezra, Asher, Atticus, Declan, and Oliver. Only two names are new to the boys’ Top 10 in 2016: Levi and Wyatt.

Nameberry ranks which names attract the most views of nearly 40 million visits to its name pages in the first half of 2016. The list gauges the baby names that are winning the most attention from parents-to-be right now, and may predict which names will be used most for babies in the future.

Aryan is the hottest boys’ name for the first half of 2016, rising 49 places. An Indo-Iranian name that means warrior or honorable, Aryan is Number 697 on the official US popularity list. But its controversial nature related to White Supremacy undoubtedly accounts for some of its attention.

Other hot baby names for boys, all up more than 40 places, are John, Tobias, Daniel, Xavier, and Maxwell.

For girls, the hottest name so far this year is Sadie, up 48 places. Other girls’ names up more than 30 places in 2016 are Elise, Astrid, Isabella, and Thea.

Newcomers to the 2016 Top 100 include several unusual names we may hear lots more of in coming years. For girls, these are Anouk, Cecilia, Freya, and Ophelia. For boys, they are Alistair, Hugo, and Lucian.

Here’s the full Top 100 for girls’ and boys’ for the first half of 2016.

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