Here Are the Trendiest Baby Names for 2016

The list contains some of the usual suspects along with some more modern baby names that are steadily gaining popularity. Did your top pick make the list?

Here Are Trendiest Baby Names for 2016

There's a fairly standard collection of "common names" in America. James, Jonathan, Mary, Catherine—those are the names that have been ubiquitous for years and years.

But it looks like they've been overtaken by a new crop of names, at least in 2015.

Nameberry released its lists of the year's top baby names and the results are...probably not what you'd expect. The classics have been dethroned in favor in multiethnic names (Kai, which has significance in Hawaiian, Japanese, Maori, Navajo and even Welsh cultures, topped the list of hottest rising names for boys) and pop culture-inspired monikers (Esme took the no.1 spot on the list of hottest rising girls names—any Twilight fan can tell you that the name appeared in the vampire novels.)

But the hottest names weren't necessarily the most common; rather they were the names that had gained the most popularity over the course of the year—the top names in terms of sheer popularity were Ezra and Charlotte. You can probably attribute that latter to Prince William and Kate Middleton's massive influence.

The list of most common names did include some old favorites—think Lucy, Emma, Claire, Matthew, Jack and William—but the more unusual picks (Felix, Archer, Callum, Imogen, Quinn, Clementine) seem to be gaining speed. Here's a breakdown of Nameberry's top 10s...

Top 10 Hottest Baby Names for 2016


1. Esme

2. Evelyn

3. Mia

4. Abigail

5. Luna

6. Chloe

7. Emily

8. Arabella

9. Ava

10. Anna


1. Kai

2. Austin

3. Lachlan

4. Graham

5. Everett

6. Theo

7. Elliot

8. Matthew

9. Lincoln

10. Axel

Top 10 Most Popular Baby Names in 2015


1. Charlotte

2. Amelia

3. Ava

4. Olivia

5. Cora

6. Eleanor

7. Isla

8. Lucy

9. Evelyn

10. Penelope


1. Ezra

2. Asher

3. Atticus

4. Declan

5. Oliver

6. Silas

7. Milo

8. Jude

9. Henry

10. Jasper