Category: Baby Names Popularity
By Lisa Spira
Before Liam became the second most popular baby name in the United States, as it has been since 2013, it was a lesser-known Irish short form of William. It was distinctively Irish. Today, however, Liam is so popular that it feels more “American” than anything else.
Which names from other cultures might be the next popular American names?
By Linda Rosenkrantz
In the baby-name world there’s something called the 100-Year-Rule, the theory that it takes a century for names to be ready to make a comeback. That timeframe has shrunk considerably, with the resurgence of names from the fifties, sixties and even later, that is happening right now.
But every year we do like to look back at the names from a century ago, to dig for Top 500 examples that haven’t made it back to the current Top 1000 (actually two years short since we’re still looking at 2015) , but have the potential to do so. And for good measure, we’ll add the names that are in that same position now.
By Abby Sandel
In just a few weeks, we’ll see the new popular baby names list for the US. The official list is always packed with surprises, as everything from pop music to sports stars influence what we name our children. Other names rise and fall without any obvious cultural connection, buoyed by style and sound alone. Usually it’s both – a promising name plus a positive association – that makes a name soar.
Here are our bets for some of the names to watch on May 12.
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.
What are the most popular baby girl names of 2016? Here we highlight the Top 25, from Number 1 Emma to newcomers Riley and Aria to the traditional Elizabeth, hanging in at Number 13. The popular names for girls this year featured some major changes, with Ava, for example, moving in to the Top 3 for the first time and Madison, which rose as high as Number 2 a few years back, tumbling down to Number 15. Yet many of the most popular baby girl names stayed the same, with recent favorites such as Emma, Sophia, Olivia, and Isabella remaining near the top of the popularity list.
Click through the slideshow below to see the full Top 25.