This week, baby name site Nameberry ranked which names attracted the most views of the nearly 40 million visits to its name pages in the first half of 2016. The list gauges the baby names that are winning the most attention from parents-to-be right now and may predict which names will be used most for babies in the future.
There’s a new girls’ name at the head of the baby names popularity list for the first half of 2016, with Olivia claiming Nameberry’s official number one spot.
Olivia replaces Charlotte, the girls’ top name for 2015, which slips to number three. Amelia, Ava, and Isla round out the girls’ top five. Five new girls’ names ascend to the top 10 in 2016: Arabella, Aurora, Adeline, Isabella, and Mia.
Ezra holds his place at the top of the boys’ popular names list, a position the biblical name claimed in 2015.
The top five boys’ names retain the order they held last year: Ezra, Asher, Atticus, Declan, and Oliver. Only two names are new to the boys’ top 10 in 2016: Levi and Wyatt.
The boys’ name that’s rising in popularity the fastest — moving up 49 places since last year — is Aryan. An Indo-Iranian name that means warrior or honorable, Aryan is currently no. 697 on the official U.S. popularity list. (But its controversial nature related to white supremacy undoubtedly accounts for some of its attention.)
Other hot baby names for boys, all up more than 40 places, are John, Tobias, Daniel, Xavier, and Maxwell.
For girls, the name that’s most notably rising in popularity is Sadie, up 48 places. Other girls’ names up more than 30 places in 2016 are Elise, Astrid, Isabella, and Thea.
Several unusual names made their way onto the 2016 top 100. You may start hearing of more baby girls named Anouk, Cecilia, Freya, and Ophelia and more baby boys named Alistair, Hugo, and Lucian.
Here’s the top 10 for girls and boys for the first half of 2016. The full top 100 for both genders appears on Nameberry.