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The Baby Naming Trends Of 2016 May Be A Result Of Too Much TV

From nobel prize winners, to characters from literature, to the legends of punk rock — you’ve been given plenty of good baby name ideas, and even a few warnings about ones that might land your kid in jail one day. With the year coming to a close, it’s time to see how these stack up with Baby Center’s most popular names of 2016, based off of data from over 400,000 parents. A few trends on the list reveal that a lot moms and dads are naming their children after where they came from: Netflix and chill.


The Walking Dead lead the pack in terms of baby name trends — infants named Tyreese rose 48 percent since 2015, Hershel by 37 percent, and Carol by 18 percent (not in reference to the nosey lady in your office.) But for some parents, 2016 felt like less of a zombie apocalypse and more like the Upside Down, and Stranger Things inspired a lot of names as well. Kids named Dustin went up by 32 percent, Mike by 28 percent, Joyce by 23 percent, and Barb by zero percent because she’s the worst.

Marvel and DC comic characters were not trends to be ignored either. The name Banner rose over 48 percent in the past year, which is presumably due to Dr. Bruce Banner, and not the thing you hang with “Happy Birthday” on it. (That would make Banner angry, and you’re not gonna like Banner when they’re angry.) Harley, as in Harley Quinn, similarly went up 35 percent, for the parent who lives in constant fear of their daughters future dates.

Still, pop culture wasn’t the only thing influencing the names of future generations. Politics and technology played a role in trends too. The name Hilary won the popular vote, increasing 64 percent compared to Ivanka 39 percent (sorry, Melania!). In technology, the name Cloud went up by 76 percent for boys, and Apple by 39 percent for boys and 32 percent. It’s only a matter of time before telling techie and hippie kids apart will be virtually impossible.

All trends aside, if baby names are just a popularity contest to your, these are the top 10 names for boys and girls this year.


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


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

[H/T] Baby Center