Category: Baby Name News
By Abby Sandel
Last week, we learned the new most popular baby names in the US for calendar year 2016.
We also learned that some of you have crystal balls!
Our contest to guess the newest names on the list challenged readers to identify which boy name and girl name that didn’t appear in the 2015 Top 1,000 would rank highest in the 2016 data.
The newest name in the Top 10 baby names is the Biblical Elijah, making the top ranks for the very first time. Elijah was the Old Testament prophet who rode to heaven in a chariot of fire. Last year’s newcomer Benjamin rose all the way to Number 6, while Charlotte vaulted to Number 7.
Perhaps the biggest news of 2016 is once-popular Caitlin‘s slide from the Top 1000, along with several of her spelling variations.
The entire Top 10 for girls remained the same, with some shifts in rank. Charlotte moved up the most, 3 places, with Ava, Isabella, and Mia each hopping up one place. Former Number 1 girls’ name Sophia slid to Number 4. Riley and Aria moved into the Top 25 names for girls.
Among baby boy names, Michael surprised the pundits by not only hanging on to his half-century spot in the Top 10 but moving up two places. Alexander left the Top 10 for boys. The 25 most popular boy names feature some surprises too, with Owen and Sebastian rising in the standings.
Classic boys’ names William and James also moved up, while Ethan, Mason, and longtime Number 1 Jacob moved down.
The Top 10 baby names for 2016 in the US, with comparisons to their standings in 2015, are:
I’m delighted to be reporting on name-related stories in the news each week – and what a day to start!
Many name-lovers only have one thing on their minds right now: the USA’s official 2016 baby name statistics are due to be released tomorrow.
Whether you’re looking for name inspiration, want to check how your favorite names are doing, or just want to get into the nitty-gritty of the data, there will be lots to discover. For example, you might be wondering:
–Did these hot names rise as predicted?
–Did any of 2016’s celebrity babies influence parents?
While we wait for tomorrow, here are some other name stories in the news right now.
By Abby Sandel
Last week’s baby name news was brought to us by the letter B.
At first glance, Billy and Bear don’t have much in common. One belongs with bold word names, the kind of choice guaranteed to make headlines. The other is delightfully retro, rare on birth certificates circa 2017, but instantly familiar to all.
What unites them? The letter B.
As of 2015, B ranked eighth for first letters of boys’ names, behind J, A, C, M, L, E, and D, but ahead of K and R.
Now there’s a new generation of B boy names coming. Here’s a dozen of the best.