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Predicting the Big Baby Name Trends 2016

What will be hot in the year ahead, and why

Baby names 2016 will be more influenced than ever by the major news events of the day, with celebrities and pop culture playing supporting roles. The gender-redefining influence of Caitlyn Jenner and Transparent, the galvanizing impact of the terrorist attacks in Paris and the refugee migration, the cultural sway of clutter-free homes and minds will all shape what we name our babies in the year ahead. We see baby names moving beyond traditional gender and ethnic definitions, becoming both simpler and more ethereal, drawing from dustier archives as well as bolder new sources. Here, Nameberry’s predictions for the major baby name trends of 2016.


Biggest Big Picture Trend: Postgender Names

The most important culture-defining trend in the year (and era) ahead will be baby names that have moved beyond old definitions of gender. Names will no longer be designated strictly as girls’ names or boys’ names but will be used more fluidly for children of either gender. At the end of a year earmarked by the emergence of Caitlyn Jenner, we meet the newborn Max (yes, just Max), daughter of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan. We’ve seen other high-profile little girls named Armie, Wilder, Ryan, Andy, and Jagger; boys named Indigo, Blues, and Rhodes, and celebrity babies of both sexes named James, Charlie, Sailor, Dashiell, Sparrow, Arlo, and Bodhi. James has become the standard-issue middle name for both genders, and names such as Eden, Sasha, Remy, and Rory are rising for both boys and girls.

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southern.maple Says:

December 2nd, 2015 at 9:41 pm

“We can also see the actors’ names taking off: Oscar and Isaac, Adam and Driver, Daisy and Ridley.”

Oscar, Isaac, Adam, and Daisy have already “taken off.” Personally, I hope to see Yoda break the top 1000.

lawsonhaley Says:

December 2nd, 2015 at 9:45 pm

I love Petal and Bluebell, but I seem to be the only one on NB to have had either in my signature?? If this is becoming a trend outside of the UK (where Bluebell has broken the top 1000), then I’m overjoyed to see Bluebell move from “names to make your teenager hate you’ to trendy.

ashbee Says:

December 2nd, 2015 at 10:03 pm

I hope Theodora takes off! I’m liking the celestial, space, flower, and grandpa names a lot. 🙂 I’m not crazy about Jupiter, though.

indiefendi2 Says:

December 2nd, 2015 at 10:35 pm

Baby Zuckerberg isn’t “just Max” she’s Maxima nicknamed Max. The media reported her as just Max though. Maxima Chan Zuckerberg.

fayexo Says:

December 3rd, 2015 at 1:18 am

I have met so many dogs with trendy names lately! Our dog Maisie approves!

tfzolghadr Says:

December 3rd, 2015 at 8:39 am

Good post, but terribly oversimplified! Names are in no way “postgender”, sorry. The day that I meet a little boy named Sophia, then I will say that names are postgender. Indigo, Blues, and Rhodes are not feminine names, but inherently unisex (2 nouns and a surname). The trend right now is that girls are using traditionally male names, noun names, and surnames… It is perhaps as a response that we’re getting hyper-masculine names like Axel, Gunnar, Remington, etc. Regardless of whether or not one likes this trend, it’s quite difficult to bill it as being “postgender”, when gender seems more relevant than ever.

As for migratory names, yes and no… Nameberry’s database remains largely Euro-centric. It is rare for a non-Turkish person to contemplate a Turkish name for their child (with a select few exceptions, like Aylin and Ayla), or a non-Persian to do so (especially for boys). So the migratory names are far from international… Although we’re slowly getting more influence from the East, Near East, and Africa… it still remains largely Euro-centric. Even the examples in the blog post were largely Euro-centric.

Haids1987 Says:

December 3rd, 2015 at 10:43 am

How can the author say that To Kill a Mockingbird has been the best-loved book for only a DECADE? It is my father’s favorite book since he was a little boy, and he’s 60 now. Unless she’s using it in context with the baby name trend, To Kill a Mockingbird definitely exceeds the last 10 years. And despite whatever Go Set a Watchman says happened, it always WILL be a best-loved classic.

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December 4th, 2015 at 11:22 am

Bluebell will never take off in Texas…ice cream anyone?

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