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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:

1.  Olivia, +3

2.  Amelia, =

3.  Charlotte, -2

4.  Ava, -1

5.  Isla, +2

6.  Arabella, +13

7.  Aurora, +4

8.  Adeline, +5

9.  Penelope, =

10. Eleanor, =

1.  Ezra, =

2.  Asher, =

3.  Atticus, =

4.  Declan, =

5.  Oliver, =

6.  Silas, =

7.  Milo, =

8.  Levi, +4

9.  Henry, =

10.Wyatt, +5

The Top 10 furthest-rising names for each gender, with number of places they’ve risen over their standings in 2015, are:

Astrid, +55

Sadie, +49

Elise, +47

Isabella, +33

Julia, +27

Thea, +26

Eloise, +24

Maya, +20

Aria, +18

Audrey, +16

John, +44

Aryan, +43

Tobias, +43

Elijah, +39

Daniel, +38

Maxwell, +35

Xavier, +34

Julian, +30

Gabriel, +26

Samuel, +26

Baby names new to the Top 100 for 2016 are:

Research assistance by Esmeralda Rocha. 

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EthelBeavers Says:

April 8th, 2016 at 1:08 pm

I will never understand how people like the name Aryan.

SarahGies Says:

April 8th, 2016 at 2:07 pm

EthelBeavers, that’s exactly what I was coming here to say/see if anyone else had commented on. I don’t even want to click on the name to see what the deal is with that, because I don’t want to add to the name’s popularity, Yikes.

mckaylalove Says:

April 9th, 2016 at 12:09 am

Nice to see softer sounding boys names in the mix.

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luella_madison Says:

April 9th, 2016 at 11:58 am

It’s not really about “liking” it, in regards to Aryan; controversial and pop-culture names get more people clicking on it, thus putting it higher on the list. That’s why Katniss and Khaleesi were up there. I also believe Aryan is a legitimate Iranian name, whatever the modern connotations, but I could be wrong. That said, it’s probably unwise to name your child it in the modern world.

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April 10th, 2016 at 3:52 am

I wonder if Amara’s entry to the top 100 is thanks to ‘Supernatural’?

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April 11th, 2016 at 3:34 am

Am I the only person who doesn’t like Olivia? I just don’t see the appeal! On the other hand, I love Ezra!! I definitely prefer the boys list to the girls.

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April 11th, 2016 at 8:22 pm

Fingers crossed that Jude and Jasper falling from the Top 10 means their popularity will take a nosedive…I love these names, but I fear they’ve become trendy. Of the names listed here, I would use Penelope, Asher, Milo, Astrid, Thea (LOVE), Eloise (an all-time favorite), Julian, Gabriel, Jade, Charles, Gideon, Lucian, and Simon (LOVE).

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