- 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
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.
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 :
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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