Top Baby Names Of 2016 – The Best And The Worst

Whether you’re an expecting parent or just a planner at heart, the top baby names of 2016 have been released. We’ll cover which names came out on top for both boys and girls. In addition, you probably don’t want to give your child a horrible name they’ll hate their entire life, so we’ll also share the worst baby names of 2016. Even if you aren’t due until 2017, it’s very likely at least some of these top baby names will be on next year’s list, so why not get a head start?


Liam and Emma are the top baby names for 2016. Both of these names are no strangers to the best baby names list. Emma has been in the top ten of baby names since 2002! Liam has been in this familiar territory since 2012. This name was all the way back in the 75th spot just six years ago in 2008. Perhaps the popularity of actors Liam Neeson and Liam Hemsworth has something to do with this.

With an Irish origin, Liam is an appealing name for a boy because it means strong-willed warrior and protector. If you like the classic name William, you could consider Liam, which is a shortened version of that name. Emma is one of those names that just doesn’t go out of style. It has a German origin and has been popular since the 19th century.


None other then William Shakespeare was the first person to use the name Olivia in “Twelfth Night.” This was the second-most popular name for a girl in 2016. It’s the feminine version of Oliver and means olive tree. You’ve no doubt heard of the biblical store of Noah’s ark. God chose Noah to build an ark so that he and his family would be saved from the catastrophic flood. A Hebrew name, Noah is a popular choice for those wanting to name their son after someone in the Bible.


Another biblical name, Ethan has been on the list of top baby names for a long time. This is in no small part due to its meaning, which is strong, safe, firm; all good qualities to have in a mate. Ava has been a popular girls’ name since 2005. It’s actually a variation of Eve, which is thought to be from the Latin word avis, which means bird.


Many smart and beautiful women have been called Sophia. In the Middle Ages, it was a common name used by European royalty and is from the Greek word meaning wisdom. This is the first year that Lucas has been in the top ten of top baby names. Fittingly, this biblical name means light-giving or illumination.


You may refer to someone who is skillful with stone as a stonemason. The name Mason actually comes from this profession. So, if you want to instill an artistic sense in your son, Mason is a good choice. In the number five spot is Isabella, which is derived from Elizabeth and means devoted to God. Several countries have named a member of the royal family Isabella.

And now…the top five WORST baby names of 2016:

5. Colon

You’re naming a child, not writing a sentence.

4. Abcde

Believe it or not, there are over 300 people named Abcde in America. Those poor people…

3. Baby

No one will ever put this baby in a corner.

2. Merika

Are you allowed to name your child anything else if they’re born on the Fourth of July?

1. Yunique

The most…unique…worst baby name of them all.


What is your favorite baby name of 2016?




Kirstin Wright
Kirstin Wright
Kirstin is an IT worker by day and a freelance writer by night. When not behind a computer screen, she can be found exploring one of central Florida's famous theme parks or embarking on a new adventure. You can read about her adventures at Fun Orlando Ideas!