Oliver and Olivia top the list of most popular baby names of 2016

We've also been heavily influenced by films and trends this year

Oliver and Olivia top the list of most popular baby names of 2016

The most popular baby names chosen in 2016 have been revealed and it looks like primary schools will be getting a massive influx of Olivers and Olivias in five years' time. 

The top 100 boys' and girls' baby names of the year have been compiled by parenting site BabyCentre and reveal that we're heavily influenced by trends and celebrities when it comes to choosing what to call our offspring.

Although more traditional options still fared well - Olivia was the top pick for girls for the second year running, while Oliver is once again the most popular name for boys, after being knocked off the top spot last year by Muhammed (which is now in second place).

Top baby names of 2016


  1. Olivia 
  2. Lily
  3. Sophia 
  4. Emily
  5. Amelia
  6. Ava
  7. Isla
  8. Isabella
  9. Isabelle
  10. Sophie
  11. Ella
  12. Mia
  13. Poppy
  14. Evie
  15. Charlotte



  1. Oliver
  2. Muhammed 
  3. Noah 
  4. Harry
  5. Jack
  6. Charlie
  7. Jacob
  8. George
  9. Ethan
  10. Henry
  11. Oscar
  12. James
  13. Joshua
  14. Freddie
  15. Leo


More unusual entries into the list this year, however, seem to have been prompted by the return of the Star Wars franchise, our love of comic book movies and Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar win (Leo and Oscar are both in the top 15 names for boys). 


Finn, Leia and Kylo (all characters which feature in Star Wars: The Force Awakens which hit cinemas last Christmas) have all seen surges in popularity this year. The names Harley and Quinn (no doubt influenced by the Suicide Squad release) have both also been popular choices. 

And current affairs have also left their mark, as Sarah Redshaw, managing editor of BabyCentre, pointed out, saying: "Luna is one of the highest new entries and with 2016 being all about Major Tim Peakes' epic space adventure, Star Wars and Super Moons it's no wonder names like this have seen a rise."

She added: "With more Marvel and DC Comic films planned for next year and beyond, I suspect superhero names will increase further in popularity in 2017."

Expect to see lots of Vincent Stranges running about in the new year then!