Category: Baby Names Popularity
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?
As this year draws to a close, it’s time once again to look back at the most prevalent trends that have influenced baby names in Britain in 2016.
It looks like Oliver and Olivia will be the big hits of 2016. Oliver has been #1 in England and Wales since 2013 and is set to keep his crown. Olivia has taken second place to Amelia since 2011. But the births for Amelia have been steadily going down, and Olivia creeping up. Olivia has also taken the #1 spot in Scotland this year according to provisional data for 2016.
Both Olivia and Oliver are names with a lot of history, but were both quite rare in use up until the 18th and 19th century respectively. This gives them the same elegant, grounded feel as many “classic” perennial favourites, without feeling too tired or commonplace.
Their favorite name has been in the US Top Ten for years! Should they find something new, or embrace a very popular name?
My husband and I are expecting our second daughter. We thought we had arrived at the right name, but I keep having second thoughts.
Our older daughter is Dorothy Katherine and our last name is a three-syllable, Czech name, starting with R. It’s a bit of a mouthful. We chose Katherine as her middle name because it was my grandmother’s middle name and my mother’s first name. We love the name Dorothy and she often goes by Dot as a nickname.
For our second little girl, we’d like for her middle name to be Ruth (we each have a grandmother with that name and really like it).
I like Abigail because of its traditional, colonial connection. My other favorites are Harriet, Frances, Louisa, Beatrice, and Ida. My husband tends to like more modern names: Lisa, Molly, Maude. We both liked Penelope and Margaret, too. But at this point I feel like we’ve read over the same 20 names a million times!
We are totally stuck and only weeks away. Thanks for your help!
By Abby Sandel
We know that celebrity baby names can impact the popularity charts for years to come. Way before Emily Blunt welcomed baby Hazel, its choice by Julia Roberts pushed it an astonishing 600 places up the US popularity chart. Heather Locklear and Reese Witherspoon were moms to early Avas, which turned that old Hollywood Glamour name into a modern star. And Kevin Costner and Harrison Ford were both dads to sons named Liam more than a decade before it reached the US Top Ten.
So which star choices of the past year are most likely to inspire the baby names the rest of us choose?
The answer might not sound so trendy to you: it’s Linda.