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Most Popular Baby Names 2016

If you’re pregnant, you’re no doubt mulling over possible baby names. There are so many popular baby names out there. You could name your baby after a family member. Some people name their babies after television or movie characters. It seems that still others practically make up names for their babies.


It can be quite a challenge, picking a baby name. The name we give a child will be the name they’re stuck with from the moment they’re pulled into the world until the moment they make their way out of it. It’s a big deal. If you’re not sure of a name or if the ones you’ve put forward to your partner aren’t doing it for the both of you, you could always take a gander at the most popular baby names of 2016. You might find a gem you love, and your little bundle of joy can be super current, too. Bonus!

Popular Baby Names for Boys and Girls

Many parents love the process of picking a name for their baby. Just as many parents hate it. I was somewhere in the middle. I LOVED trying out different names. I wasn’t, however, a fan of finding a name I truly loved and seeing the look on my husband’s face that told me he thought it was hard to spell or that it might be made fun of at school. Whether you love the process or hate it, having a list of popular baby names can help make the entire process just a touch less stressful and far more fun.

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Top 10 Boy Names of 2016

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

I kind of love all of these names. Liam Neeson has been in some amazing movies, so I love that one. And as one of my comic book loving friends pointed out to me, Logan is Wolverine’s real name. Wolverine also happens to be Canadian, so that’s a clear winner as well. My husband’s name is James and so I like that one of course. Aiden and Oliver are strong names for boys and for men as well. That’s the thing about a name – you could pick something cutesy but you need it to last for life. Keep that in mind when choosing.

Top 10 Girl Names of 2016

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Sophia
  5. Isabella
  6. Mia
  7. Charlotte
  8. Harper
  9. Abigail
  10. Amelia

I like several of these names. Charlotte is super popular and many of my younger daughter’s friends have been named Charlotte. Emma is timeless – it’s my older girl’s middle name. I opted for unique names with my girls because I wanted them to be memorable. Ava and Isabella are very pretty names. I always liked the name Harper too. That one was on my shortlist for sure.

Popular Baby Names for 2016 – Is One of These for Your Baby?

If you’re having trouble figuring out what to name your upcoming bundle of joy, maybe this list of popular baby names could be of help to you. While we all love to come up with names on our own, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little help. This list of the most popular baby names for boys and girls can be just the thing if you’re stuck.

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  • Amanda Love

    When it comes to baby names I’ve never really paid attention. I just know that I like a name and that’s it. I’ve always loved the name Sophia and Isabella for girls however. 🙂

  • Amanda Ripsam

    I have a step son name Logan and my daughter name is Isabella she was born in 2007 so it’s been a popular baby name for years she is 9 now. I am also a Canadian born and Raised in Toronto but live in Michigan. For some reason here in Michigan the name Isabella is always wanting to be spelled with a E so looks like Isabelle. I like Isabella because of it’s meaning is why we picked it. I love the names but I also love meanings behind names even more.

  • Elizabeth Matthiesen

    I find it interesting how some names stay popular for years and others it’s one year and done. I tried to choose timeless names for my children, I didn’t want anything that would be outdated by the time they were adults like Gladys, Ethel, Hilda etc.