Our vloggers love talking about baby names and are experts at finding really incredible names, whether they’re baby names for boys or girls. We’re obsessed with hearing the stories behind people’s baby name choices as well as hearing lists of names that are really unusual. From traditional names to nature inspired names to twin names we’re sure you’ll find a new name you like among these mums top choices.
Top baby names of 2016
The top names of 2016 have been released and the trend for unusual baby names continues, along with inspiration taken from showbiz and movies as well as a rise in the popularity of names inspired by space and nature.
- Oliver (+1 place)
- Muhammed (-1 place)
- Noah (+1 place)
- Harry (+2 places)
- Jack (-2 places)
- Charlie (+1 place)
- Jacob (-2 places)
- George (+4 places)
- Ethan (-1 places)
- Olivia (non-mover)
- Lily (+1 place)
- Sophia (-1 place)
- Emily (non-mover)
- Amelia (non-mover)
- Ava (new entry +5 places)
- Isla (new entry +5 places)
- Isabella (+2 places)
- Isabelle (-2 places)
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Names fit for a superhero
DC and Marvel Comics’ continued success at the box office provides plenty of inspiration for baby names in 2016. Kara from Supergirl, Harley (and Quinn) from Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman’s alter ego Diana (Prince) have all charged up the charts this year. Felicity (Smoak), from the smash hit comic book series Arrow, flies into the top 100 after a long absence and Thea (Queen) from the same series has also gone up thirteen places.
Names inspired by all things heavenly have been rocketing up the charts this year. Nova, Orion and Luna have all increased in popularity. Even the name Jupiter has been spotted in the far flung reaches of the baby names universe! Could Tim Peake’s epic space voyage have ignited parents’ imaginations? Star Wars names Leia, Kylo, and Finn have all had a boost. And Ezra, from spin-off animation Star Wars Rebels, has had a meteoric rise, entering the top 100 for the very first time in 2016.
This year, Rolling Stones rock ‘n’ roll legend Ronnie Wood called his twin girls Gracie and Alice and many other parents have followed suit, with both names rapidly gaining popularity in 2016.
Jamie Oliver’s unusual name choice for his new baby boy, River, saw a last minute surge in popularity, with more babies called River than ever before.
Victoria Beckham’s uncanny ability to spot a trend, or start one, means that Harper is still a popular name choice and is one of this year’s biggest risers, jumping an astonishing 31 places to sit at number 56. The Beckhams named their daughter after the author Harper Lee, who died earlier this year. Perhaps that news inspired other parents to honour the writer, too?
Coleen and Wayne Rooney’s baby name choices are also proving popular, with Kai a new entry to the top 100, and twice as many babies called Kit and Klay compared to last year.
Mother Nature lends a hand in baby naming
Baby names inspired by nature have been shooting up in 2016, too. Traditional names like Lily, Poppy, Daisy and Holly have all seen their positions rise within the top 50.
However, parents are proving even more creative with their baby name choices, with Eden jumping up to secure a spot in the top 100 and Hazel also leaping up. Outside the top 100, Maple, Forrest, Bluebell and Yew have all featured this year, too, some for the very first time.
Biggest risers and new entries
Biggest risers in the baby name charts include Jenson, up 31 spots to number 62, Stanley, up 21 spots to number 77 and Darcie, which rose 26 places to sit at number 34.
The highest new entries to the top 100 include Arlo, Ezra, Kai, Jesse and Albie for boys and Mya, Luna, Lexi, Heidi and Lyla for girls.
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