The Most Popular Baby Names of 2016

Want to see the top baby names right now? The Social Security Administration just released their findings…

The Most Popular Baby Names of 2016

Interesting, right? See more details here, if you’d like. Emma has been one of the top four girls’ names for the past 15 years!

When I was pregnant, Alex and I would stay up late and brainstorm names in the living room. We made lists for both boys and girls, and we loved Penelope, Sophie and Beatrice (from Much Ado About Nothing). The nicknames Penny and Bea are so sweet, too.

It’s funny, sometimes it feels like you’re coming up with a not-enormously-popular name and you’re all proud of yourself for being original — for example, when I was pregnant with Toby, Alex and I both loved the name Sebastian — but then many other parents also like the name at the same time. Why? From where? TV? Movies? Thin air? The collective unconscious is such a fascinating thing.

What are your favorite baby names? If you have kids, what are their names? Do you care if their names are popular?

P.S. Going from one child to two, and the blind date test for baby names.

(Photo by Amelia Fullarton. Graphic design by Diana Moss.)