Thursday 24 January 2019

Revealed: These are the most popular baby names of 2016

The most popular baby names of 2016 have been revealed
The most popular baby names of 2016 have been revealed

Sasha Brady

These are the most universally beloved names for babies.

If you're looking for a unique name to bestow upon your baby girl, you might want to avoid Sofia (and its variants like Sophia, Sofie and Sophie).

BabyCenter has just released its top 100 baby names of 2016, showing which names proved to be the most popular this year.

The list compiles data from nearly 400,000 parents in 49 countries and ranks the names of both genders by popularity.

Sofia is currently is the most used name for girls in more than 10 countries across the globe, including the US, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Chile, Estonia and Slovakia.

The name beats monikers such as Emma, Olivia, Ava and Mia to the number one spot. In Ireland, Emily is the most popular girls' name, followed by Sophie, Emma, Grace and Lily.

Laura Wattenberg, who conducted the survey, said: "The dominance of this one name is stunning. The map below shows the popularity ranking of Sofia (or its most standard local equivalent: Sophia in the United States, Sofie in Norway, Zsófia in Hungary) among all names for newborn girls."


As for boys, the most popular name was Jackson (or Jaxon and Jaxson).

Following Jackson in the top five most popular boy names of the year are Aiden, Lucas, Liam, and Noah.

In Ireland, Jack is the most popular boys' name, followed by James, Daniel, Sean and Conor.

The US election caused some names to grow in popularity. The name Hillary rose 64 percent following Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. The name Ivanka grew by 39 per cent. Meanwhile, Donald only jumped five per cent.

Top five girls' names

1. Sofia

2 .Emma

3. Olivia

4. Ava

5. Mia

Top five boys' names

1. Jaxon

2. Aiden

3. Lucas

4. Liam

5. Noah

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