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.

Two of you nailed it exactly. Congratulations to Miss Bennet for identifying Royalty as the highest debut for girls, at Number 532, and EmilyGC for guessing Fox for boys, at Number 746.

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Popular Baby Names 2016

popular baby names 2016

The most popular baby names of 2016 feature stability at the top of the list, with Emma and Noah holding tight to their Number 1 positions and contenders Olivia and Liam steady at Number 2.

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:

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Baby Names News of the Week

By Clare Bristow

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:

Will Emma and Noah hold the top spots again?

–What will the highest-climbing new names be? If you want to guess, there’s still time to enter this contest. The deadline is Thursday, May 11 at midnight.

–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.

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Happy Mother’s Day! This year, we celebrate the veteran moms – the celebrities who have gracefully combined high profile careers with parenting and added another baby to the mix since last May. These stylish mamas have chosen a mix of traditional and surprising names for their new additions. Plenty of these could prove influential in the upcoming years. What are your favorites? From Amalia to Zen, there’s something here to suit every style. By Abby Sandel

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B Boy Baby Names: Billy and Bear

By Abby Sandel

Last week’s baby name news was brought to us by the letter B.

1D’s Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole revealed their new son is called Bear. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel’s moving remarks on his late night talk show introduced his sweet son Billy.

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.

It’s a go-to for boys, from the 1950s Bruce to the 1970s Brian to today’s Top Ten Benjamin.

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.

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