Category: Top 100 baby names

The Great-Grandparents Baby Name Rule

By Nancy Man

A baby name becomes trendy for one generation. For the next two generations, while those initial babies are parent-aged and grandparent-aged, you can expect the name to go out of style. But during the third generation, once the cohort reaches great-grandparent age, the name is free to come back into fashion.

Evelyn is a name with a usage pattern that fits this description well.

I’ve seen it described elsewhere as the 100-Year Rule, but I prefer to call it the Great-Grandparent Rule, as it makes more sense to me to frame it in terms of generations.

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By Kelli Brady

Now that the dust has settled on the new Social Security list, we’ve had time to dig deeper into the data, so let’s analyze the 2016 Top 100! Here are the most interesting finds, looking at some of the individual names!

NEW GIRLS: Adeline, Elena, Eliana, Kinsley, Luna, and Willow.

NEW BOYS: Bryson, Greyson, Leonardo, and Roman.

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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 Boy Names Of 2016

Most Popular Boys Names2016

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.

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Most Popular Girl Names Of 2016

Most Popular Girls Names 2016

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.

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