Most Popular Baby Names 2016
A Shakespearean name meaning “olive tree,” Olivia is Number 2 on the official lists for both the U.S. and England. While it’s unfailingly on the Nameberry Top 10, this is Olivia‘s first appearance at the head of the list.
Ezra continues its reign as the Number 1 boys’ name, a position the Biblical name meaning “help” first claimed last year. Ezra barely squeaked onto the official US Top 100 in 2015, but we predict it may take over for Noah at the top of the list within the decade.
Hottest New Names for Girls
The four top names for girls – Olivia, Amelia, Charlotte, and Ava – also held the top four places on our list in 2015, but five of the other six Top 10 names for girls are new: Isabella, Arabella, Aurora, Mia, and Adeline. Isla remains in the Top 10.
A is also the first initial of two other stylish girls’ making their first appearance on our top 100 list, Amara and Annabelle. Other names worth watching that are new to our girls’ Top 100: Cecilia, Freya, Jade, Ophelia, and Willow.
The hottest names on the girls’ popularity list, with the number of places they’re up this year, are:
Hottest New Names for Boys
On the boys’ side, the seven top-ranking names stay the same with only slight shifts in order. They are: Ezra, Asher, Declan, Atticus, Oliver, Milo, Silas. Numbers 8, 9, and 10 on the Top 10 are all new, with Jack, Levi, and Wyatt replacing Jude, Henry, and Jasper.
The boys’ names that have risen the furthest on the Top 100 include both masculine stalwarts and newcomers. With the number of places they’ve risen, the hottest boys’ names are:
Nameberry’s Popular Baby Names list measures which of our individual name pages received the most of our nearly 300 million page views in 2016. These names that attract the most interest from our visitors can reflect name trends and popularity in the years ahead. The full Top 100 for both genders are below and the Top 1000 can be found on our Popular Baby Names page.
Top 100 Names for Girls 2016
Top 100 Names for Boys 2016
Research by Esmeralda Rocha
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on December 13th, 2016 at 1:11 am
Ugh! You have nooo idea how much it upsets me (or maybe you do) that all of the names I have loved for so many years are all in the top 100 now D; so gutted right now!
on December 13th, 2016 at 1:15 am
Just realised this is for the top 100 on Nameberry! Hoping the list of most popular names in the US doesn’t look much like this one!
on December 13th, 2016 at 3:39 am
For me I think the name Isabella is just okay for me. More baby names available at http://www.suggestbabynames.com/meaning_of_african_boyname_adofo.html
on December 13th, 2016 at 2:46 pm
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on December 13th, 2016 at 3:54 pm
I have to assume all the people looking at the Aryan page were doing so out of a sense of “you’ve got to be kidding me,” rather than actually considering naming their kid that. I hope. Right? Please? (Otherwise they could just skip the subtlety and ahead and name their baby Hitler.)
on December 13th, 2016 at 8:34 pm
Surprised to see Adeline in the NB top 5 for girls.
And Thomas is finally getting some of the attention it deserves. Hope this doesn’t mean there will be a bunch of 2017 celeb baby girl Thomases.
on December 14th, 2016 at 3:45 am
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on December 14th, 2016 at 11:52 pm
Although it’s obviously problematic for many, Aryan is a legitimate Iranian name, and is actually in the U.S. Top 1000.
on December 15th, 2016 at 1:52 am
Aryan is a somewhat popular Persian name, and it’s pronounced AH-ree-yaan and not AIR-ree-yin. So, thankfully, the sound of the name doesn’t have as much of an ugly association with Hitler as the spelling does!
on December 17th, 2016 at 3:28 pm
Aryan has got to be a joke – but then again our new president is a nazi so…
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