Top Baby Names of 2016

Hello and Happy New Year!

At Southeast Women’s Center, we’re in the business of babies. So what better way to start the new year than to report the predicted top baby names of 2016? We’ve researched trends and compiled a list from Nameberry, Baby Center and the 2015 Social Security Administration. Trending seems to be both old-fashioned names and ones influenced by pop-culture.

Here are the predictions:

Top Baby Names of 2016


Boy Names

  • Alexander: Meaning “defender of men.” Considering Alexander has been in the top 25 baby boy names since 1991, it’s safe to say we will see it on the 2016 popularity list as well.
  • Atticus: Meaning “Man of Attica,” this baby name topped Nameberry’s list for most popular baby names of 2015. We’re feeling pretty confident it will make this year’s list, too.
  • Cameron: Meaning “crooked or bent nose,” We can only guess this gender neutral name is continually a favorite due to the popularity of the t.v. series, Modern Family.
  • Carter: Meaning “transporter of goods by cart,” it translates to a strong name for a baby boy.
  • Colton: Meaning “from the coal” or “dark town.” Colton is a wonderful name, as is it’s shortened version, Colt!
  • Ethan: Meaning “solid, enduring,” A name that means firm or strong, this is a great name for a little boy.
  • Evan: Meaning “the Lord is gracious.” A classic yet popular name that we think will rise on the list for 2016.
  • Gale: Meaning “jovial”. Typically a feminine name, this name is predicted to rise on the list of names for boys due to the popularity of the Hunger Games series.
  • Jacob: Meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter,” this classic name has consistently gained popularity since the Twilight series.
  • Jackson/Jaxon: Meaning “God has been gracious; has shown favor.” “Jackson” is the traditional way to spell the name and has been a favorite name for many years, but “Jaxon” has been gaining a lot of popularity in the last few years.
  • Kingston: Meaning “king’s town.” Popularity may or may not be due to the fact that this is the name of Gwen Stefani’s son, but regardless, we seeing this being quite the popular name this year.
  • Mason: Meaning “stoneworker,”, this name has skyrocketed as a popular baby name. Becoming popular with celebrities and television shows, it’s safe to say it will continue to stay on the top of the list in 2016.
  • Liam: Meaning “strong-willed warrior,” this name has been rising on the charts since 2012. Considering this name tops the chart not only in the U.S., but in Ireland and Sweden as well, we’re confident it’s a name that’s not going anywhere.
  • Logan: Meaning “small hollow,” this gender neutral name has been quite popular for many decades.
  • Luke: Meaning “man from Lucania.” Two words that will probably play a big role with the influx of this name: Star Wars.
  • Michael: Meaning “who is like God?” this classic name has continued to top the charts for almost half a century.
  • Noah: Meaning “rest” or “comfort,” this name was on the popular lists of 2015 and believe it will stay on the top in 2016 as well.
  • Owen: Meaning “young warrior,” “well born,” or “noble,” this name is hard not to love!
  • Rhett: Meaning “advice,” we imagine this name could climb the charts and become one you’lll hear more often in 2016.
  • William: Meaning “ protection,” this classic name continues to be on the top of the popularity list. It’s a great name that offers lots of nicknames as well!

Girl Names:

  • Abigail: Meaning “father’s joy,” this lovely name seems to be gaining popularity.
  • Amelia: Meaning “work,” this sweet little girl name has been on the top five most popular names for the past couple of years.
  • Ava: Meaning “life,” this simple, classic name will likely still top the charts next year.
  • Charlotte: Meaning “free man,” this feminine version of Charles was popular in 2015 partly due to the naming of the Royal Baby. We believe it will stay on the top of the charts for 2016, too.
  • Cora: Meaning“maiden,” this is a lovely Greek vintage name.
  • Olivia: Meaning “twelfth night,”in Shakespearean, this name was the #2 spot both 2014 and 2015. We’re confident it will top the charts this year, too.
  • Ella: Meaning “all” Ella is a sweet and simple name for your little baby girl.
  • Emily: Meaning “industrious” or “striving,,” Emily is a name that has topped many name charts.
  • Emma: Meaning “whole” or “universal,” this simple and pretty name is a great choice for your little girl.
  • Gale: Meaning “jovial,” this name also made the list for boys.This name has been gaining popularity, probably because of the Hunger Games series.
  • Isabella: Meaning “devoted to God,” this name rose to the top, probably because of the Twilight series character, Bella. We don’t anticipate it leaving the top of the charts in 2016.
  • Isla: Meaning “island,” this is an elegant name that seems to be gaining popularity.
  • James: Meaning “supplanter,” and being a top name for a boy, James is quickly gaining popularity for girls as well — probably thanks to Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, who named their daughter James.
  • Liliana: Meaning “flower,” or specifically “lily flower,” this name is perfect for your little blooming baby girl.
  • Lucy: Meaning “light,” Lucy is a classic, feminine name.
  • Madison: Meaning “son of Maud,” this is a great gender-neutral name that has been gaining popularity.
  • Mia: Meaning “mine,” this is another classic name.
  • Penelope: Meaning “weaver,” this name has gained a lot of popularity, probably due to celebrities.
  • Sofia/Sophia: Meaning “wisdom,” this is a popular, feminine name that is proving to be on the chart topper for years to come. Though “Sophia” is the most popular spelling, there has been quite a rise with “Sofia.”
  • Violet: Meaning “purple,” this feminine name is a sweet name for your little girl.
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