By Abby Sandel
One of the highlights of the release of the Top 1000 baby names? It’s a thrill to look at newcomers to the list, the names that debut for the very first time, as well as those that have made a comeback after many years’ absence.
Some of the newcomers represent a twist on an already popular name. Others seem like pop culture sensations, likely to fall out of favor just as quickly as they rise. Check out the whole list here. But we’ve found a dozen gems, all new to the US Top 1000 for 2016, that seem likely to stick around.
We know that celebrities of the past and present inspire popular baby names, from Audrey (Hepburn) and Ava (Gardner) to (John) Lennon and (Jimi) Hendrix. And sometimes it’s celebrities themselves who choose famous names for their children, with actors and musicians paying homage to legendary stars with their name choices.
Our report on this trend from a few years back highlighted picks like Mariah Carey’s Monroe and guitarist Slash’s Cash. Those names remain in the headlines, but now there’s a whole new class of celebrity baby names honoring iconic stars that came before them. By Abby Sandel
What are the most popular baby boy names of 2016? Here we highlight the Top 25, from Number 1 Noah to newcomers Owen and Sebastian to the traditional Joseph, hanging in at Number 25. The popular names for boys this year featured some major changes, with almost none of the names staying in the same position as last year. Benjamin hit its highest-ever position, Number 6, while Mason slipped behind William and Elijah entered the Top 10. And many of the most popular baby boy names stayed the same, with recent favorites such as Noah, Jacob, Liam, and Ethan remaining at the top of the popularity list.