The Newest Baby Names on the List: Contest Winners!

Congrats to EmilyGC and Miss Bennet!

By Abby Sandel

Last week, we learned the new most popular baby names in the US for calendar year 2016.

We also learned that some of you have crystal balls!

Our contest to guess the newest names on the list challenged readers to identify which boy name and girl name that didn’t appear in the 2015 Top 1,000 would rank highest in the 2016 data.

Two of you nailed it exactly. Congratulations to Miss Bennet for identifying Royalty as the highest debut for girls, at Number 532, and EmilyGC for guessing Fox for boys, at Number 746.

Three readers managed to identify a boy and girl name both making the list of newcomers to the rankings for 2016.

GenevieveReine guessed that Mavis would make the cut. It came in at Number 789, along with her entry of Wesson for boys, which ranked Number 993.

Ashley_Louise also scored in both the boys’ and girls’ categories, with Lyle for boys, now at Number 981, and Calliope for girls, which made the list at Number 939.

And Yarsl correctly guessed Poppy for girls, a debut at Number 747, and and Ira for boys, which stands at Number 950. (Thanks for the correction, @Orchid_Lover!)

Readers guessing one name correctly included:

– lyndskins chose Bridger, which ranked Number 859 for boys, the second highest new name on the boys’ side.

– beynotce correctly called the debut of Star Wars fueled Kylo, at Number 901.

– Yarsl’s entry of Ira re-entered the charts at Number 950.

– juliedsirois was right about Harris, now the Number 967 name.

– Macy13’s guess of Belle proved correct, at Number 933.

– SeaZuno86 entered Ramona, now Number 951 for girls.

– wittyusername103 picked Sylvie, the new Number 957 name.

– LouJohnson’s guess of Tinsley was right, at Number 963.

– hidevine picked Saoirse, which debuted at Number 983.

In total, 45 girls’ names joined the Top 1000 in 2016, along with 43 boys’ names. Here’s the complete list.



EmilyGC and Miss Bennet, please look for an email about your prize, and congratulations to all who guessed correctly!

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10 Responses to “The Newest Baby Names on the List: Contest Winners!”

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Orchid_Lover Says:

May 14th, 2017 at 11:09 pm

Actually 3 people picked two names that debuted in the top 1000! @Yarsl also deserves credit for picking Poppy for girls and Ira for boys!

MonikerWanderer Says:

May 14th, 2017 at 11:37 pm

I picked Alastair for boys, and it did enter the top 1000 under a different spelling. Does that not qualify?

paulapuddephatt Says:

May 15th, 2017 at 8:21 am

I like more of the new girl names, than the big ones, but Alistair and Ralph are awesome. Calliope and Mavis are beautiful – glad both of those made it. I thought that Octavia might, but sadly not. Maybe next year?

paulapuddephatt Says:

May 15th, 2017 at 8:22 am

*boy not big, predictive text changed my word, and can’t edit…!

can90 Says:

May 16th, 2017 at 9:03 pm

So happy Alistair that I chose for a boy made it in!!! Just wish my favorite sweet Francine would have been there. She will make it back in soon though. I have confidence she will 🙂

lydiaann27 Says:

May 17th, 2017 at 4:34 pm

So why haven’t these names been added to the Nameberry database yet?

Kate4hisglory Says:

May 17th, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Wesson? That’s a brand of vegetable oil! Did thousands of people look in their pantry and say, hmm, that name on the vegetable oil bottle is nice, I’ll go with that!

On the plus side, I’ll be able to tell my father, Ralph, that his name is finally popular. He hates his name, always has.

AshleyLouisa Says:

May 18th, 2017 at 8:34 am

I think someone also guessed Louise which was going to be my pick. Super impressed with those that guessed the #1 winners.

beynotce Says:

May 18th, 2017 at 12:44 pm

@Kate4hisglory – I’m guessing most of those little Wessons are named after Smith & Wesson firearms.

Best of the New Baby Names – Baby Name Blog – Nameberry Says:

May 19th, 2017 at 10:20 pm

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