The Top Baby Names for 2016 Revealed!

The US has just released its top 100 baby names for the year! Drum roll please.

It's that time of year again - when all the 'best' and 'worst' lists start to make an appearance. And one of the most highly-anticipated in the parenting world is the top baby names!

The US Parenting site, Babycenter have just released their annual list - which is based on the names of more than 389,000 babies born in 2016 - with plenty of surprises as well as consistencies from previous years. In fact, Jackson held on as the top boys' name for the fourth year, and Sophia leads the girls for the seventh year in a row.

"We saw five new names break into our top 10 lists this year, though the top five names held steady," said Linda Murray, BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief. "It's rare to see so much movement in just 12 months. It's a direct reflection of millennial parents' enthusiasm for shaking up the status quo."

So without further ado, here are the Top 10 names for girls and boys: 

Top 10 girls names 2016

  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Ava
  5. Mia
  6. Isabella
  7. Riley (new)
  8. Aria (new)
  9. Zoe
  10. Charlotte (new)

Top 10 boys names 2016

  1. Jackson
  2. Aiden
  3. Lucas
  4. Liam
  5. Noah
  6. Ethan
  7. Mason
  8. Caden
  9. Oliver (new)
  10. Elijah (new)

So what are the main trends driving name choice for the year? 

Horror Series

A new source of baby name inspiration: popular TV horror series. It seems shows like The Walking Dead have caused a rise in names like Tyreese (up 48 percent), Hershel (up 37 percent) and Carol &up 18 percent), as well as Mike (up 28 percent) and Joyce (up 23 percent) from Stranger Things

"Today's parents grew up watching Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, and they're not freaked out by horror—they relish it," said Murray. "To them, scary series are like soap operas. They get emotionally attached to characters and root for them."


It seems we still love calling our babes after the good guys - and this year, parents are drawn to heroes with a darker side.

For example there has been an increase in names such as Banner (up 48 percent) of Hulk fame; Harley (up 35 percent), after DC Comics' Harley Quinn; Scarlett (up 20 percent), after Johansson's roles in The Avengers and Captain America;

Rise of the Geek 

Geek chic is clearly on trend. The name Cloud is up 76 percent, Apple is up 32 percent, and Rocket is up 25 percent - no doubt, also influences by celebrity Lara (Bingle) and Sam Worthington's bub. 

Even virtual assistants - think Microsoft's Cortana® (up 36 percent) and Amazon's Dot™ (Alexa is up 10 percent) - have been rising up the ranks.

Women in Power

With names like Hillary (up 64 percent), Ivanka (up 39 percent), Ellen (up 30 percent), Venus (up 26 percent) and Amal (up 21 percent) all showing an increase - there is a clear trend for parents to be influenced by the female movers and shakers that have been in the headlines this year.  

Will these same trends be reflected in our Aussie list? Watch this space for details!! 

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