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2016 was the year of the unique baby name

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Classic baby names top BabyCenter's 2016, but tons of creative choices are on their way up

BabyCenter just released their list of the top 100 baby names of 2016 collected from almost 400,000 families throughout the year. Below, see the top 10 most popular baby names for the year.

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Top 10 girl names: 

  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Ava
  5. Mia
  6. Isabella
  7. Riley
  8. Aria
  9. Zoe
  10. Charlotte

Top 10 boy names:

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

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Classic baby names top BabyCenter's 2016, but tons of creative choices are on their way up
Image: Tim Bish

So what changed?

This year, the top three girl names — Sophia, Emma and Olivia — held their spots from 2015. As for boy names, Jackson and Aiden continued to hold the top two spots, while Lucas moved up from fourth place to become the third most popular boy baby name for 2016.

According to the website, parents began venturing outside traditional names this year, which led to Melanie, Luna, Zane and Kai making the top 100 list for the first time. Peyton, Eliana, Mateo and Ezra were also newly popular names in 2016.

Boy names appeared to have some religious influence as well, with the names Elijah, Lucas, Noah, James and Benjamin making the top 20.

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In 2016, parents strayed from Kylie and Parker, which dropped about 20 spots, while names including Kaitlyn, Isla, Taylor, Brody, Blake and Xander dropped from the 100 completely.

As for trending names, this year, parents were heavily influenced by history, technology, pop culture and politics. Streaming shows reigned supreme with names like Arya, Maisie, Sansa, Emilia and Brienne (from Game of Thrones) all showing an increase. Other names, such as Hillary, Newton, Siri, Harley and Hennessy rose in the ranks as well.

Future names

For 2017, BabyCenter predicts Mateo, Ezra, Lincoln, Isaiah, Josiah, Grayson, Levi, Leo, Julian, Sebastian, Carson and Asher will be increasingly popular for boys, while Peyton, Eliana, Adeline, Camilla, Kinsley, Eva, Maria, Skyler, Bailey and Arya will keep rising on the list for girls.

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