The most popular baby names for 2016 – so far- has been released.

One of the largest baby name sites online, Nameberry, has released the list, which sees old-school baby names making a strong comeback.

Olivia topped the list for girls, Amelia in second place and Charlotte coming third.

The boys list sees Ezra as number one, with Asher running close in second place.

Overall, Olivia was the most popular name worldwide, but when broken down by country Amelia proved more popular in the US and UK. Australia and New Zealand parents preferred Olivia.

The site, which gets over 20 million hits a year on its name pages, compiled the list based on the names that have gotten the most views so far in 2016.

Whilst some of the names maybe on the rise overseas, so far names such as Ezra haven’t seen a spike in popularity here.

The NSW Government Popular Baby Names generator for instance, which displays information on baby name trends since the 1900s, has no records of the name Ezra.

Image source: NSW Government.
Image source: NSW Government.

The tool displays information on the top 1,200 names for babies in NSW, meaning Ezra hasn’t been registered enough to be captured.

Also shared on the popular name lists are names that have made the top 100 for the first time in 2016 – having been seemingly unpopular before.

For girls these names included the Shakespearean Ophelia and Juliet, and well as Amara, Molly, Jade, Lily and Anouk.

New names to the top 100 for boys included Abel, Wesley, Isaiah, Lucian, Gideon and Augustine.   

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  • I love looking at the most popular names my son’s name is Ryan and born into thousand and four was one of the most popular’s names. Appears there is some older name is coming back.


  • Not a fan of the name Ezra, but each to their own. We are happy with the names we have chosen.


  • No way any of my 3 will be on here. They’re very traditional.


  • Love the name Ezra for a boy. It’s so unique.


  • Love both of those names, shame my husband doesn’t…. On to the next baby name list :(


  • never heard of the name Ezra.


  • I haven’t seen my grandsons name on any of these ‘most popular names’ articles. He was called Riley, in memory of my mother in law, and James, for his mums grandfather. Names given with thought and love, not cos they’re the flavour of the month


  • Choose a name with a beautiful meaning or name of a lovely thing which the child would be proud to be called when he/she grows up.


  • Choose a name suitable for the adult the baby will become.


  • It’s always interesting to read about these studies. I must admit I’ve never heard of names like Ezra before!


  • Like it


  • Love the popularity of those gorgeous old fashioned names that will not go out of style.


  • An intersting list of names. Go with names you love!

    • Names go in and out of fashion quickly.


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