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Top 100 Baby Names of 2016

  • Marvel and DC Comics’ popularity leading to a generation of superheroes
  • The Force is strong as parents look to Star Wars and space for inspiration
  • Celebrities continue to set the trends for baby names with their unusual name picks
  • Olivia and Oliver top the chart

Inspriration

The UK top 100 baby names of 2016 were strongly inspired by cosmic events such as super moons, Space Odyssey and Star Wars, as well as celebrity and nature. There’s also a hot new trend for superhero names.

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.

On the celebrity front Jamie and Jool Oliver’s unusual name choice for their 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 a massive 31 places to sit at number 56. The Beckhams named their daughter after the author Harper Lee, who died earlier this year.

Top of the Tots

Although more adventurous names are on the rise when it comes to the UK top 100 baby names of 2016, tradition wins over trends. Oliver and Olivia remain the most popular choices with parents.

William has fallen slightly from 13th to 19th place).
Olivia has held on to the top spot for girls’ names for another year and Ava is a new entry to the top 10 having steadily risen year after year.

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 into the top 100 baby names of 2016 include Arlo, Ezra, Kai, Jesse and Albie for boys and Mya, Luna, Lexi, Heidi and Lyla for girls.

top 100 baby names of 2016

The top 10 girls’ and boys’ baby names of 2016

Top girls’ names of 2016

1    Olivia (non -mover)
2     Lily (+ 1 place)
3     Sophia (- 1 place)
4     Emily (non-mover)
5     Amelia (non – mover)
6     Ava (new entry +5 places)
7     Isla (new entry +5 places)
8     Isabella (+ 2 places)
9     Isabelle (- 2 places)
10  Sophie (-2 places)

Top boys’ names of 2016

1 Oliver (+1 place)
2 Muhammed (-1 place)
3 Noah (+1 place)
4 Harry (+2 places)
5 Jack (- 2 places)
6 Charlie (+1 place)
7 Jacob (-2 places)
8 George (+ 4 places)
9 Ethan (- 1 places)
10 Henry (+8 places)

The full list of the UK’s top 100 baby names of 2016 are available at :

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/top-baby-boy-names-2016

and

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/top-baby-girls-names-2016

The baby names survey includes the names chosen by 76,993 (41,158 boys and 35,775 girls) BabyCentre.co.uk members who gave birth in 2016.

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Q My sister-in-law and I both work three-day weeks and we help each
other out with child minding on our working days, which up until recently has worked out really well. Between us, our kids are aged between five and nine years – the problem is that it’s now become quite apparent that we have very different parenting styles. I prefer my two daughters (seven and nine) to have a structured day. For example, in my house, we have allocated times for television and iPads, etc. My sister-in-law, however, lets the kids run loose after school – homework is ignored and my kids end up wired after eating sugary treats all afternoon. I am considering looking at after-school childcare for the kids, but I’m worried that this is going to cause a family argument. Is there a diplomatic way that I can ask my sister-in-law to introduce some discipline into her child-minding days? It certainly doesn’t do her two kids any harm when I am minding them in my own house!

A
In a word, no, there is no diplomatic way to do this as it may very likely seem like your saying that your parenting style is better than
hers. As L’Óreal says, ‘now here comes the science bit.’ Dr. Kaylene
Henderson, a child psychiatrist, wrote a very interesting blog about ‘the
science behind the Mummy Wars’. She explains that before she had
children of her own she hadn’t been aware of how parents have a
very specific sense of the right parenting style. She also found that parents could be very definite in defending their chosen parenting style. Dr. Henderson, who describes herself as a curious, scientific, open-minded person, was surprised at how defensive parents could be and, at times, of their judgemental attitude towards each other. She explained the neurology of the Mummy Wars; okay, I’ll need you to bear with me for a second. Warning; I’m about to use some neuro-techie language.

Why do we judge each other?
As we have all had different experiences, this means that we all have very different memories stored in our brains. Most of our memories are ‘explicit’ memories – these are ones that we can recall easily such as important dates that mean something to us; important birthdays, special events or stories of and about our lives.
There is another type of memory called ‘implicit’ memory that plays a
key role in our parenting. This type of memory is the stuff that you do on autopilot. Psychologists call these heuristics or rules of thumb –
such as tying your shoelace, or driving your car (once you have learnt
to do both first!). Otherwise we’d really waste a huge amount of time
pondering over tasks that we have readily available to us. This seems to be where the science bit of our parenting style kicks in. This implicit memory goes all the way back to when you were an infant being parented by your parents. This is when you started the process of storing up how they did it into your memories.
Unless you make a conscious choice and effort to parent differently, what you saw and unconsciously learnt will be your automatic go-to parenting style.

We learn habits
This can really kick into gear when we feel our parenting style is
being mirrored or highlighted by disapproval from another parent. I know the cold sweat you feel when your child decides to make their outstanding bad behaviour performance at, of course, the most public and worst time. The implicit autopilot of how your parents dealt with these outbursts will flow unconsciously from you if you haven’t worked super hard to be aware and consciously change the old habits.
What’s happening for the on-looking parent is that they see you doing something they are used to doing, but you are doing it all wrong. Simply, because that is not how they know how to do it.

Find a way that works
You both have different parenting styles – who is to say which type is correct? You just need to know what works best for your family and that’s the bottom line. The irksome feelings won’t go away. You can talk to your sister-in-law, but I’m adding a caveat that it would be hard not to hurt her feelings. What we’re possibly looking at is that you prefer a more structured form of parenting, whereas your sister-in-law has a more permissive style. I’m not sure the two styles can mix, the mixture is a bit like oil and water.
If a collaborative shared form of parenting style can be agreed upon, then that is great, but our learnt hardwiring may prove difficult to change despite the intent to do so.
Perhaps, your own instinct of changing childcare might work best for you. In terms of making childcare work; the fit is ultimately the most
important aspect as you want a cohesive congruent feeling of the other caregiver to just ‘getting it’, like in any good partnership. Best of luck
with this and I wish you both well.