Category: most popular baby names 2016

popular names by state

Quick: What were the most popular boys’ and girls’ names of 2016? Emma and Noah, you say? Wrong — at least unless you live in Pennsylvania or Texas.

True, Emma and Noah came out on top when the Social Security Administration released its annual list of the most popular baby names of the year last week. But today, they came out with a follow-up that broke down baby name popularity by state. And this more detailed list revealed major differences in baby name popularity from state to state.

Only in Pennsylvania and Texas did Emma and Noah both rank Number 1. In the other 48 states, plus the District of Columbia, another name took the top spot for boys, girls or both.

The most striking trend — as with the past few years — was the sharp divide between the Deep South and the rest of the country. In most of the Dixie states, Ava was the top girls’ name and William was the top boys’ name.

The twin names of Olivia and Oliver also posted strong showings, especially in the northwest quadrant of the country. They were the most popular boys’ and girls’ names in Oregon, Utah, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Mia and Harper both took the top slot for girls’ in multiple states, while Charlotte, Isabella and Evelyn each hit Number 1 in one state.

On the boys’ side, Liam, the Number 2 name overall in the U.S., had another strong year, coming in first in states from Alaska to Florida. Benjamin and Elijah both took the prize in two states, and James, Henry, Wyatt, Mason and Owen all reigned supreme in one state.

Perhaps the most unusual state for baby names in 2016 was Minnesota. Neither of its two winners, Evelyn and Henry, was the top name in any other state or even in the national Top 10.

What names were Number 1 in your state? Click through to see the maps.

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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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Most Popular Baby Names 2016

popular baby names 2016

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Olivia has bumped Charlotte to become the Number 1 among Nameberry’s popular baby names for girls in 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.

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Top Baby Names of 2016 (so far)

top baby names 2016

by Pamela Redmond Satran

The most popular baby names of 2016 (so far) have been tallied, and we have a new Number 1 name for girls: Olivia.

This is the first time Olivia has taken the top spot in Nameberry’s popularity polls, unseating Charlotte. Olivia ranks in second place in the official US and British name standings, and at Number 1 in Australia and New Zealand. Olivia is a Latin name meaning “olive tree”; her male counterpart Oliver is also popular.

Charlotte was the Number 1 girls’ name for all of 2015, buoyed by the naming of England‘s baby princess, and also ruled the Nameberry charts for several previous years. Emma is the Number 1 girls’ baby name in the US for 2014, the most recent year counted by the Social Security administration.

The most popular boys’ name so far in 2016 is the Biblical Ezra, which also ruled Nameberry’s 2015 list. In fact, the first seven names on the boys’ Top 10 are identical to the full year 2015 results. There are only two new entrants to the boys’ Top 10, with Levi and Wyatt replacing Jude and Jasper.

In the girls’ Top 10 for 2016, there are three new A-starting names: Arabella, Aurora, and Adeline, taking over from Cora, Lucy, and Evelyn.

Our name rankings are based on the most-visited of the nearly 20 million views of our individual name pages in the first three months of this year.

The full Top 10 baby names so far in 2016, with their standings compared with 2015,  are:

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