As 2016 draws to a close, baby naming experts are reflecting on the year’s data. Nameberry released its annual list of most popular names, based on the number of visitors to individual name pages on the website.
It seems Olivia bumped Charlotte to become number one among Nameberry’s popular baby names for girls in 2016. A Shakespearean name meaning “olive tree,” Olivia is number two on the official popularity lists for both the U.S. and England. While it’s unfailingly on the Nameberry top 10 names roundup, this is Olivia’s first appearance at the head of the list.
Ezra continues its reign as the number one boys’ name, a position the Biblical name meaning “help” first claimed last year. Ezra barely squeaked onto the official U.S. top 100 in 2015, but we predict it may take over for Noah at the top of the list within the decade.
Hottest New Names for Girls
The four top names for girls ― Olivia, Amelia, Charlotte, and Ava ― also held the top four places on the list in 2015, but five of the other six top 10 names for girls are new: Isabella, Arabella, Aurora, Mia, and Adeline. Isla remains in the top 10.
While Isabella and Mia are longtime top 10 names on the official U.S. lists, Arabella, Aurora, and Adeline are three feminine vintage girls’ names we see heading straight up over the coming years.
‘A’ is also the first initial of two other stylish girls’ making their first appearance on Nameberry’s top 100 list, Amara and Annabelle. Other names worth watching that are new to the girls’ Top 100: Cecilia, Freya, Jade, Ophelia, and Willow.
The hottest names on the girls’ popularity list, with the number of places they’re up this year, are:
Hottest New Names for Boys
The seven top-ranking names for boys stay the same with some slight shifts in order. They are: Ezra, Asher, Declan, Atticus, Oliver, Milo, Silas. Numbers 8, 9, and 10 on the Top 10 are all new, with Jack, Levi, and Wyatt replacing Jude, Henry, and Jasper.
The boys’ names that have risen the furthest on the top 100 include both masculine stalwarts and newcomers. With the number of places they’ve risen, the hottest boys’ names are:
There are some very interesting boys’ names new to the Nameberry top 100 list this year, notably Abel, Alistair, Bennett, Cassius, Harvey, Hugo, Killian, Knox, Landon, and Lucian.
As noted, Nameberry’s “Popular Baby Names” list measures which of the website’s individual name pages received the most of the nearly 300 million page views in 2016. These names that attract the most interest from visitors can reflect name trends and popularity in the years ahead. The full top 100 lists for boys and girls are below and the top 1000 can be found on the Popular Baby Names page.
Top 100 Names for Girls 2016
Top 100 Names for Boys 2016
Nameberry is the baby names website created by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, the authors of ten groundbreaking books on names including Cool Names for Babies and The Baby Name Bible. For more information, email [email protected]