Kylo, Leia and Finn among popular baby names in 2016

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Star Wars, super moons and superheros were among the trends when it came to naming babies in 2016.

The top 100 list for boys and girls, from parenting site Babycentre, reveals new parents are taking inspiration from the world of celebrity and showbiz for their baby name choices.

DC and Marvel Comics’ continued success at the box office provides plenty of inspiration. Kara from Supergirl, Harley (and Quinn) from Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman’s alter ego Diana (Prince) have all charged up the charts this year.

Felicity (Smoak), from the smash hit comic book series Arrow, flies into the top 100 after a long absence and Thea (Queen) from the same series has also gone up thirteen places. 

Names inspired by all things heavenly have been rocketing up the charts this year. Nova, Orion and Luna have all increased in popularity.

Star Wars names Leia, Kylo, and Finn have all had a boost. And Ezra, from spin-off animation Star Wars Rebels, has had a meteoric rise, entering the top 100 for the very first time in 2016. 

This year, Rolling Stones rock ‘n’ roll legend Ronnie Woods called his twin girls Gracie and Alice and many other parents have followed suit, with both names rapidly gaining popularity in 2016. 

Jamie Oliver’s unusual name choice for his new baby boy, River, saw a last minute surge in popularity, with more babies called River than ever before.

Coleen and Wayne Rooney’s baby name choices are also proving popular, with Kai a new entry to the top 100, and twice as many babies called Kit and Klay compared to last year.

Baby names inspired by nature have been shooting up in 2016 too. Traditional names like Lily, Poppy, Daisy and Holly have all seen their positions rise within the top 50. 

However, parents are proving even more creative with their baby name choices, with Eden jumping up to secure a spot in the top 100 and Hazel also leaping up. Outside the top 100, Maple, Forrest, Bluebell and Yew have all featured this year too,

Although more adventurous names are on the rise when it comes to the top baby names for boys and girls, tradition wins over trends. Oliver and Olivia remain the most popular choices with parents.

George has risen four places to take a spot in the top ten for the first time since 2012, while Harry also continues to rise, appearing in the top five this year with a jump of two places from 2015. 

Charlotte has risen ten places, Kate and Catherine have both risen, although William has fallen slightly from 13th to 19th place.

Olivia has held on to the top spot for girls’ names for another year and Ava is a new entry to the top 10 having steadily risen year after year.

The top 10 girls’ and boys’ baby names of 2016  

Rank Girls Boys

1 Olivia (non -mover) Oliver (+1 place)

2 Lily (+ 1 place) Muhammed (-1 place)

3 Sophia (- 1 place) Noah (+1 place)

4 Emily (non-mover) Harry (+2 places)

5 Amelia (non - mover) Jack (- 2 places)

6 Ava (new entry +5 places) Charlie (+1 place)

7 Isla (new entry +5 places) Jacob (-2 places)

8 Isabella (+ 2 places) George (+ 4 places)

9 Isabelle (- 2 places) Ethan (- 1 places)

10 Sophie (-2 places) Henry (+8 places)

Biggest risers and new entries  

Biggest risers in the baby name charts include Jenson, up 31 spots to number 62, Stanley, up 21 spots to number 77 and Darcie, which rose 26 places to sit at number 34. 

The highest new entries to the top 100 include Arlo, Ezra, Kai, Jesse and Albie for boys and Mya, Luna, Lexi, Heidi and Lyla for girls.

Sarah Redshaw, managing editor of BabyCentre, said: “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.  With more Marvel and DC Comic films planned for next year and beyond, I suspect superhero names will increase further in popularity in 2017.” 

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