The Top 20 Most Popular Baby Names of 2016

Tanvier Peart | Dec 5, 2016 Pregnancy
The Top 20 Most Popular Baby Names of 2016
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We've come to that special time of year when we look back at the last 12 months and reflect on all the things we love and are so thankful to have in our lives. Whether you're expecting a child or welcomed one not too long ago, any parent can tell you that a great baby name is the gift that keeps on giving -- and boy do we have some goodies for you.

Baby Center just announced its list of the most popular baby names of 2016 that will give expectant parents a little insight on the names that moms and dads love for their daughters and sons.

Close to 400,000 parents shared their baby name choices, allowing the online destination to compile a list of the top 100 baby names of the year. (The list also includes submitted names with multiple spellings.)

So what names made it, you ask?

We've got a rundown of the top 10 baby names for girls and boys.

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  • Girl's #10: Charlotte

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    You don't know how happy we are to see the name Charlotte on this list! Rounding out the top 10 most popular girl names of 2016, Charlotte is a baby name some parents say they regret giving their daughters -- which obviously isn't that true. How can you not love this regal baby name that Prince William and Kate Middleton used for their daughter? It's such a classic!

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  • Boy's #10: Elijah

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    Last, but certainly not least, is the darling Elijah. This popular Hebrew baby name (Elijah comes from 'ēlīyāhū, which means "Jehovah is God") is one that makes us smile. We love the interplay between the J and H that rolls of your tongue. Plus, Elijah gives us the cute nickname Eli. We really adore this baby name!

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  • Girl's #9: Zoe

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    We're pretty stoked to see that Zoe made the list of sought-after names. It gives us so much life -- which likely is in part because of its Greek origin. In case you ever see this on Jeopardy, Zoe comes from the Greek word zōē that means, you guessed it, "life." Daily double!

  • Boy's #9: Oliver

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    We can think of a million reasons why the baby name Oliver totally rocks. It's a delightful name that makes us think of a chubby-cheeked child who coos and smiles without end. Oliver is a French name that was a hit in the 1880s and is still popular today.

  • Girl's #8: Aria

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    Do Re Me Fa So La Ti Do! There are tons of melodic baby names, but something about Aria makes us want to belt sweet nothings for all to hear. This baby name is truly too beautiful for words.

  • Boy's #8: Caden

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    Caden might not sound like an everyday name to you, but it does make this year's top 10 list of the most popular baby names. Caden is trendy, gives us the catchy nickname Cade, and is pretty unforgettable once you hear it.

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  • Girl's #7: Riley

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    Earning the number seven spot on the list of most popular baby names for girls is Riley. Whether you like this name for a boy or girl, Riley is a choice that has a ton of spunk and so much charm.

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  • Boy's #7: Mason

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    Playfully known as "my son," Mason is a super popular baby name for little boys (and girls). Most of the kiddos we know with this name are cutie pies. FINISH.

    Most kids we know with the name Mason are cutie pies. It's one of those baby names that comes with a whole lot of swag. Parents can have fun with Mason, including when you refer to him as "my son." Haha, get it? (Dorky, we know.)

  • Girl's #6: Isabella

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    Hey, baby girl! Isabella is a baby name that moms and dads obviously love to love. It's a Spanish variant of the Hebrew elīsheba' ("God is my oath"), and is quite timeless.

  • Boy's #6: Ethan

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    Long live Ethan! This baby name finds itself in the middle of the pack of most popular boy names -- and for good reason. Ethan is a vintage name that's still admired and adored today. After all, what's not to love about this Hebrew name that means "strength" and "firmness"? 

  • Girl's #5: Mia

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    Less can be more, and that's so true with this baby name. Mia is an adorable option for a little girl that's a trendy pet name of Maria. It's been hot since 2012 and we don't see it fizzling out any time soon. 

  • Boy's #5: Noah

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    Even though Noah is the fifth most popular baby name for boys of 2016, don't be fooled: It's actually a gender-neutral choice for your son or daughter. A popular name from the Bible, Noah comes from the Hebrew nōach, which means "rest" or "comfort." Hopefully parents who name their child Noah will get some rest and comfort throughout the night.

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  • Girl's #4: Ava

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    Have you noticed a trend with the girl baby names on the list? Most end in A or provide that heavenly "aah" sound -- including dear Ava. This one is short and sweet with a little va-va-voom.

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  • Boy's #4: Liam

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    There are so many reasons to love Liam. Liam Hemsworth. Liam Neeson. Should you choose this title for your son, just know he's going to join a list of handsome fellas. Though it's only a four-letter baby name, Liam has gusto as the Irish cognate of William which means "resolute protector."

  • Girl's #3: Olivia

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    Scandal fans are going to lovvve this one. Olivia is the third most popular baby name. It has a Shakespearean aura about it that makes it lovable until the end of time. Olivia, Olivia? Wherefore art thou, Olivia? See, it works.

  • Boy's #3: Lucas

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    Not to be confused with Luke is the classic Latin name Lucas that was quite popular this year. Pulling inspiration from lux (which means "light"), this choice will make your son a shining star.

  • Girl's #2: Emma

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    Parents interested in a strong name that packs a punch should take a look at Emma. This Germanic variant hails from Erma, which is related to "strength." It's already on our short list!

  • Boy's #2: Aiden

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    Gender-neutral baby name alert! Moms and dads, great ready to fall in love with the name Aiden -- it's quite the charmer. Aiden should get you excited and give you the feels as it's a vibrant Irish baby name from Aodhan, which means "little fiery one."

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  • #1 Most Popular Girl's Name: Sophia

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    If you named your baby girl Sophia, you're just too cool for school. Greek for "wisdom," this baby name earns the number one spot on the girls' list and is super cute.

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  • #1 Most Popular Boy's Name: Jackson

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    Hey, Jackson! Joining Sophia is the baby name Jackson, which takes the number one position as the most popular baby name of the year for boys. A common surname with English roots, Jackson gives us some fun nicknames -- like Jack and Jackie.

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