Anna Gragert
February 02, 2016 1:57 pm

Choosing a name for another human being is a pretty big deal. Names can evolve into nicknames, can call to mind certain celebrities, and can also be a significant part of a person’s identity. Above all, a name is something that will follow someone around for the rest of their life. What’s in a name? Like, everything. So, no pressure or anything!

To help all those parents out there who are panicking over what to name a child, there are countless baby name-related websites that offer support. Mainly, such sites are great at letting their audiences know which names are all the rage at the moment, and although we’re only a month into 2016, there are several names that have made the list thus far.

By tracking visits to their individual name pages, Nameberry was able to see which monikers increased 50% or more in terms of traffic. They then compiled a selection of the most popular names for both boys and girls, which led to some interesting observations…

Gender-neutral names are on the rise. Everly, Finley, Rowan, Riley, and Peyton have advanced on the girls’ list, whereas Logan, Charlie, Elliot, Jayden, and Rhys soared on the boys’ end. There were also several boy-girl pairs that connected across both lists, such as Jade/Jayden, Everly/Evan, and Kai/Kaia.

Names that begin with vowels are all over the place, with and  being the two most popular letters for both lists. More than 50% of the boys’ names begin with a vowel, while 40% of the girls’ names follow the same pattern.

It also seems that people are being inspired by names that arise in other cultures across the globe. For instance, there’s the Greek Xanthe, Hawaiian Kai, Scandinavian Astrid, German Annalisa, and African Amara.

Now, let’s take a look at the Top 50 names that are gaining momentum this year:

Girls:

  1. Astrid
  2. Thea
  3. Sadie
  4. Riley
  5. Elise
  6. Avery
  7. Rowan
  8. Elsie
  9. Finley
  10. Jade
  11. Anouk
  12. Wren
  13. Amara
  14. Celeste
  15. Aveline
  16. Teagan
  17. Bryn
  18. Peyton
  19. Sage
  20. Ruby
  21. Annalise
  22. Kaia
  23. Mavis
  24. Xanthe
  25. Everly

Boys:

  1. James
  2. Elijah
  3. Jayden
  4. Elliot
  5. Logan
  6. Charlie
  7. Jude
  8. Elias
  9. Isaiah
  10. Arlo
  11. Kai
  12. Evan
  13. Aryan
  14. Aiden
  15. Noah
  16. Augustine
  17. Owen
  18. Alistair
  19. Amias
  20. Lewis
  21. Lucian
  22. Angus
  23. Micah
  24. Rhys
  25. Eamon

 

(Images via Shutterstock; 10 by 10 Entertainment/Giphy; Columbia/GiphyGiphy)

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