Superheroes, Star Wars, space and celebrities have made a big impact on the top 100 baby names of 2016
The top 100 boy and girl baby names for 2016 have been released, with parents seeking name inspiration from some surprising sources this year.
Parenting website BabyCentre has compiled the UK's top 100 boys' and girls' names of 2016. This year’s hot new naming trends include superheroes, space and Star Wars. Celebrity inspiration and the great outdoors have also given parents plenty of baby name prompts.
So what’s in a name? Here’s all the inspiration for names this year from the top 100 baby names of 2016 (make sure you also read our tips for picking a perfect baby name):
Superheroes: DC and Marvel Comics' box office success this year has provided plenty of inspiration. Kara from Supergirl, Harley (and Quinn) from Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman's alter ego Diana (Prince) have all charged up the 2016 baby name charts.
Space: This year saw UK astronaut Tim Peak fly to the International Space Station and names inspired by all things in the sky have rocketed up the charts. Nova, Orion and Luna have all increased in popularity and even the name Jupiter has been spotted on the chart, surprisingly enough.
Star Wars: Names from the Star Wars films have also made a big impact on the charts including Leia, Kylo, and Finn. Ezra, from spin-off animation Star Wars Rebels, has had a meteoric rise, entering the top 100 for the very first time in 2016.
Celebrities: Ronnie Wood (Gracie and Alice) Jamie Oliver (River Rocket) and Coleen and Wayne Rooney (Kai, Kit and Klay) have all had an impact on the chart with all of these names on the rise. Harper is still a popular name choice and is one of this year's biggest risers, jumping 31 places to sit at number 56, perhaps in a nod to The Beckhams or author Harper Lee, who died earlier this year.
Mother Nature: Baby names inspired by nature have been shooting up in 2016 including Lily, Poppy, Daisy and Holly.
However, parents are proving even more creative with their baby name choices, with Eden jumping up to secure a spot in the top 100 and Hazel also leaping up. Outside the top 100, Maple, Forrest, Bluebell and Yew have all featured this year too, some for the very first time.
The top 100 baby names of 2016
This year tradition wins over trends and Oliver and Olivia are still the number 1 most popular choices with parents. George has risen four places to take a spot in the top ten for the first time since 2012, while Harry also continues to rise, appearing in the top five this year with a jump of two places from 2015. (Other royal names continue to rise. Charlotte has risen ten places, Kate and Catherine have both risen, although William has fallen slightly from 13th to 19th place).
Biggest risers in the baby name charts include Jenson, up 31 spots to number 62, Stanley, up 21 spots to number 77 and Darcie, which rose 26 places to sit at number 34. The highest new entries to the top 100 include Arlo, Ezra, Kai, Jesse and Albie for boys and Mya, Luna, Lexi, Heidi and Lyla for girls.
The BabyCentre charts survey 75,000 site members who gave birth in 2016. You can read the full chart here.