Baby Name Trends 2016

Baby names 2016 will be more influenced than ever by the major news events of the day, with celebrities and pop culture playing supporting roles. The gender-redefining influence of Caitlyn Jenner and Transparent, the galvanizing impact of the terrorist attacks in Paris and the refugee migration, the cultural sway of clutter-free homes and minds will all shape what we name our babies in the year ahead. We see baby names moving beyond traditional gender and ethnic definitions, becoming both simpler and more ethereal, drawing from dustier archives as well as bolder new sources. Here, Nameberry’s predictions for the major baby name trends of 2016.

Biggest Big Picture Trend: Postgender Names

The most important culture-defining trend in the year (and era) ahead will be baby names that have moved beyond old definitions of gender. Names will no longer be designated strictly as girls’ names or boys’ names but will be used more fluidly for children of either gender. At the end of a year earmarked by the emergence of Caitlyn Jenner, we meet the newborn Max (yes, just Max), daughter of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan. We’ve seen other high-profile little girls named Armie, Wilder, Ryan, Andy, and Jagger; boys named Indigo, Blues, and Rhodes, and celebrity babies of both sexes named James, Charlie, Sailor, Dashiell, Sparrow, Arlo, and Bodhi. James has become the standard-issue middle name for both genders, and names such as Eden, Sasha, Remy, and Rory are rising for both boys and girls.

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