Here are the top baby names for 2016

By December 2, 2016Current

TL;DR – Millennial parents and their picks.

BabyCenter has released its annual report (yes, there’s such a thing) of the Top 100 Names of 2016 based on the submission from some 400,000 parents.

Besides Jackson being top boys’ name for the fourth year, and Sophia being the girls’ favourite for the seventh year in a row, the report also highlighted several trends of of millennial moms and dads.

Such as horror names.

Popular TV horror series The Walking Dead has given rise to Tyreese (up 48% since 2015), Hershel (up 37%), and Carol (up 18%)  and we also see Dustin (up 32%), Mike (up 28%), and Joyce (up 23%) from Stranger Things; and Iris from American Horror Story: Hotel (up 16%).

Parents are drawn to antiheroes or heroes with a darker, deeper side. There’s an increase in names such as Banner (up 48%) of Hulk fame; Harley (up 35%), after DC Comics’ Harley Quinn™; Scarlett (up 20%), after Johansson’s roles in The Avengers and Captain America; Tony (up 16%) from Iron Man; and Jessica (up 9%) of Marvel Comics’ Jessica Jones®.

So anyway, here’s the list.

Top 10 Baby Names of 2016


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


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


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