Category: most popular baby names
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.
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:
by Pamela Redmond Satran
The Top 10 furthest rising baby names for girls, with the number of places they’ve jumped in 2015 over 2014, are:
- Esme, +55
- Evelyn, +51
- Mia, +35
- Abigail, +32
- Luna, +30
- Chloe, +27
- Emily, +26
- Arabella, +24
- Ava, +23
- Anna, +22
The Nameberry popularity list gauges interest levels of visitors in names, measuring which of our name pages received the most of our over 300 million pageviews. The majority of people searching on the site are looking for names for their babies, so our popularity list measures which names parents are likely to be naming their children in 2015 and 2016, versus the official US popularity list, which looks at which names parents chose in 2014. Nameberry’s searches also register ups and downs in interest due to news – such as Princess Charlotte’s birth – or pop culture events.
In 2015, three names popularized by movies and television shows — Daenerys, Elsa, and Katniss — fell off the Top 100, while Khaleesi was one of furthest-falling. Also vanishing from our popularity list are several girls’ names with the trendy double-l sound: Delilah, Lily, and Lola, though Lila remains strong at Number 24.
Our full Top 100 baby names for girls in 2015 is:
by Abby Sandel
Back in 1944, names like Judy, Beverly, and Bruce felt new. In the 1970s, Kelly, Justin, and Shawn were novel. And in 1994, we were busy naming our sons original choices like Austin and Tyler, while our daughters became Alexis and Taylor.
Parents are always dreaming up new baby names, taking our inspiration from pop culture and the past. Not every new name feels freshly minted. Some seem like throwbacks, even vintage gems. Others become mainstream so quickly that it’s hard to imagine the names haven’t always been in use.
But make no mistake: plenty of the most popular baby names in the US are recent arrivals, as new the newborns who wear them.
How to define a truly new baby name? There are eight boy names and ten girl names that have only ranked in the US Top 100 for the past five years. They’ve also (almost) never charted in the US Top 1000 prior to 1984 – thirty years ago.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
We kind of take it for granted that our Berries are ahead of the curve when it comes to name trends and choices. And now, looking for some hard evidence via the latest Social Security list versus Nameberry’s own popularity list, we can see just what a great disparity there is. As in Number One Noah and Emma (on the official US list) vs Atticus and Charlotte (Nameberry’s top names).
So what are some of the other sharpest, most extreme, differences? Scanning the 20 most popular names on Nameberry, some of which were barely on the general public radar a few years ago, here’s what we see:
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The biblical Noah retains the title for the second year in a row, but it’s Emma that’s the big surprise. Taking first place for the second time in seven years, this simple classic beat out all her frillier competitors—the romantic Olivia, Sophia and Isabella, who followed her at Numbers 2, 3 and 4.