Most Popular Baby Names of 2016

Deciding on the perfect name for your baby is one tough decision. No matter what type of name you are thinking - family name, traditional name, biblical name, etc - there are so many options. Smart, quirky, fun, biblical, traditional, or family names - regardless of what you choose, deciding on a name is fun, special and let's face it - down right nerve wracking. 

Nameberry released a study of the hottest names of 2016, and we're seeing all sorts of fun trends in baby names.


Their observations:

  • Vowel-beginning names continue to rule, with 40 percent of the hottest girls’ names and over half the boys’ names starting with A (still the leader), E, I, or O, in that order.
  • Unisex names are hot, especially for girls, with Riley, Rowan, Finley, Teagan, Peyton, Sage, and Everly all making the girls’ list. But we also see names that can cross the gender line on the boys’ side: Jayden, Elliot, Logan, Charlie, and Rhys.
  • Girl-boy pairs of names make the hot list, with Elise and Elias, Kai and Kaia, Jade and Jayden, Evan and Everly all rising.
  • Girls’ names with the -el sound — Elise and Elsie but also Aveline and Annalise — keep gathering steam, as do boys’ names that end in n, with newcomers Aryan, Augustine, Lucian, and Eamon joining such favorites as Aiden and Owen.
  • The new hottest names have a distinct international flavor, and include the Scandinavian Astrid, French Anouk, the African Amara, the German Annalise, the Greek Xanthe, the Hawaiian Kai, the Indo-Iranian Aryan, and the Irish Eamon.

Check out the 50 hottest names of 2016 in order of popularity.

2016's Hottest Girl Names

    1. Astrid
    2. Thea
    3. Sadie
    4. Riley
    5. Elise
    6. Avery
    7. Rowan
    8. Elsie
    9. Finley
    10. Jade
    11. Anouk
    12. Wren
    13. Amara
    14. Celeste
    15. Aveline
    16. Teagan
    17. Bryn
    18. Peyton
    19. Sage
    20. Ruby
    21. Annalise
    22. Kaia
    23. Mavis
    24. Xanthe
    25. Everly

    2016's Hottest Boy Names

    1. James
    2. Elijah
    3. Jayden
    4. Elliot
    5. Logan
    6. Charlie
    7. Jude
    8. Elias
    9. Isaiah
    10. Arlo
    11. Kai
    12. Evan
    13. Aryan
    14. Aiden
    15. Noah
    16. Augustine
    17. Owen
    18. Alistair
    19. Amias
    20. Lewis
    21. Lucian
    22. Angus
    23. Micah
    24. Rhys
    25. Eamon


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