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When was the last time you met a pair of kids named John and Mary? The traditional names that ruled America for centuries are vanishing. Parents are obsessing over creative name choices, and celebrities are branding and re-branding themselves like products. Even surnames have burst wide open, as couples rethink the whole concept of family names. Meet The Name Lady, your tour guide for this strange new naming world. The Name Lady is an expert and opinionated name consultant, follow her here for the latest baby name trends, news from the celebrity baby names beat and solutions to real-life naming dilemmas.

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Top 100 UK Boys’ Names for 2015

One of the trickiest decisions to make for your baby is choosing the right name. Of course it has to be a name you and your partner agree on, (tricky enough!) but it also has to work with your last name, and of course suit your new arrival.

If you are due in the coming year, this top 100 baby names will be of interest, whether you want to stick to a familiar name or go out on a limb and pick something more unusual.

The top 10 boys names for 2015 include some regulars including Jack and Charlie but big movers further down the list include Teddy up 19 places, although Robbie Williams made this name popular, he named his daughter Teddy (Theodora) but it’s risen more as a boys’ name.

Other big climbers in the top 100 boys names this year include Arthur, Jaxon and Hugo.

Falling in favor this year to name our boys include Riley down a massive 64 places and Kian down 32 places.

See what difference a year has made and compare these names to 2014’s 100 boys’ names.

And if you really are not inspired but anything in the list, take a look at our baby names search.

Below are the UK top 100 boys’ names for 2015

  1. Oliver
  2. Jack
  3. Charlie
  4. Harry
  5. Jacob
  6. George
  7. Noah
  8. Alfie
  9. Oscar
  10. James
  11. Freddie
  12. Leo
  13. Thomas
  14. William
  15. Archie
  16. Joshua
  17. Max
  18. Logan
  19. Henry
  20. Ethan
  21. Lucas
  22. Mason
  23. Theo
  24. Isaac
  25. Daniel
  26. Harrison
  27. Joseph
  28. Jake
  29. Alexander
  30. Finley
  31. Riley
  32. Samuel
  33. Edward
  34. Dylan
  35. Adam
  36. Teddy
  37. Benjamin
  38. Sebastian
  39. Lewis
  40. Arthur
  41. Toby
  42. Harley
  43. Jenson
  44. Tommy
  45. Jayden
  46. Matthew
  47. Frankie
  48. Alex
  49. Harvey
  50. Luke
  51. Ollie
  52. Jackson
  53. Blake
  54. David
  55. Bobby
  56. Ryan
  57. Zachary
  58. Tyler
  59. Elijah
  60. Luca
  61. Michael
  62. Rory
  63. Callum
  64. Jude
  65. Nathan
  66. Hugo
  67. Liam
  68. Stanley
  69. Louie
  70. Reuben
  71. Jaxon
  72. Elliot
  73. Elliott
  74. Ronnie
  75. Jamie
  76. Kai
  77. Connor
  78. Aaron
  79. Caleb
  80. Leon
  81. Louis
  82. Kian
  83. Dexter
  84. Finlay
  85. Reggie
  86. Carter
  87. Ben
  88. Seth
  89. Austin
  90. Roman
  91. Gabriel
  92. Cody
  93. Owen
  94. Sam
  95. Sonny
  96. Billy
  97. Aiden
  98. Ellis
  99. Cameron
  100. Albert
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100 Most Popular UK Girls’ Names for 2015

The task of picking the right name for your new arrival can be a tough one and whether you want to go traditional or try something a little different, the top 100 names for 2015 is a good place to start the elimination process.

This year’s girls’ top 10 list features many names on last year’s top 10 including Amelia, Olivia and Emily. The highest climbing girls names this year include Florence (moved up from 39 to 28), Harper, influence obviously still from our nation’s obsession with the Beckhams, even four years on (has risen from 75 last year to 50 this year).

Girls names falling out of favor this year include Holly that is down 66 places, Lexi is down 39 places and Leah is down 34 places on last year.

See what difference a year has made and compare these names to 2014’s 100 girls names.

And if you really are not inspired by anything in the UK list, take a look at our current US 100 popular girls names.

Below are the UK top 100 girls’ names for 2015

2015 Girls

  1. Amelia
  2. Olivia
  3. Emily
  4. Isla
  5. Ava
  6. Ella
  7. Jessica
  8. Mia
  9. Sophia
  10. Poppy
  11. Sophie
  12. Grace
  13. Llily
  14. Isabella
  15. Evie
  16. Ruby
  17. Freya
  18. Daisy
  19. Chloe
  20. Scarlett
  21. Isabelle
  22. Sienna
  23. Eva
  24. Lucy
  25. Millie
  26. Alice
  27. Phoebe
  28. Charlotte
  29. Florence
  30. Elsie
  31. Rosie
  32. Ellie
  33. Layla
  34. Esme
  35. Evelyn
  36. Lola
  37. Matilda
  38. Lilly
  39. Erin
  40. Imogen
  41. Molly
  42. Willow
  43. Sofia
  44. Holly
  45. Ivy
  46. Hannah
  47. Maisie
  48. Emma
  49. Amber
  50. Bella
  51. Harper
  52. Georgia
  53. Gracie
  54. Summer
  55. Maya
  56. Abigail
  57. Thea
  58. Jasmine
  59. Elizabeth
  60. Eliza
  61. Anna
  62. Darcy
  63. Lexi
  64. Lacey
  65. Harriet
  66. Rose
  67. Annabelle
  68. Eleanor
  69. Katie
  70. Megan
  71. Violet
  72. Amelie
  73. Martha
  74. Darcie
  75. Mila
  76. Darcey
  77. Lottie
  78. Emilia
  79. Nancy
  80. Heidi
  81. Leah
  82. Zara
  83. Aria
  84. Penelope
  85. Orla
  86. Paige
  87. Amy
  88. Brooke
  89. Faith
  90. Robyn
  91. Niamh
  92. Zoe
  93. Bethany
  94. Maddison
  95. Skye
  96. Madison
  97. Hollie
  98. Mollie
  99. Mya
  100. Tilly


Most Popular Girls’ Names of 2016

When it comes to baby naming, there is such thing as content overload. Not only do you have the names of people in your life to choose from, but you also have the popular archives from past years. You may know about some of the most popular girls names for 2015. But what about future popular names? Here are some predictions for what girl baby names will be popular in 2016:

Popular girls names tracking so far in 2016

Here at Mom365, we’ve crafted a helpful feature. Our Top 100 Girl Names list is based on accumulated data and is updated everyday, so you’re always getting the most current name rankings within a year. This is a great place to check daily for ideas for girls’ names.

Although nothing is set in stone, it’s quite possible that these girl names may run their course throughout the year 2016. If you’re expecting a little one in the next couple of months or so, these lists could serve as some inspiration for your future child down the road. For example, a couple of names with the “el” sound spiked in January including Elise, Elsie and Annalise. Names beginning with a vowel stayed on top, too. Some of the most popular girls’ names started with an A, E, I or O, in that order.

Here’s is our top 20 list of the most popular girls names:

  1. Zoe
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Sophia
  5. Isabella
  6. Ava
  7. Mia
  8. Emily
  9. Abigail
  10. Madison
  11. Harper
  12. Charlotte
  13. Sofia
  14. Victoria
  15. Chloe
  16. Amelia
  17. Elizabeth
  18. Layla
  19. Ella
  20. Natalie

A different take on gendered names

In today’s society, some couples are going the opposite of the traditional route and throwing gender rules out the window. Some parents are choosing names that are traditionally considered boy names, like Harper or Riley. Some other names that are on the list are: Rowan, Finley, Teagan, Peyton, Sage, and Everly. However, boys’ names are adopting this trend as well. For example, some of the most popular boy names can also work as girls’ names, too such as Jayden, Elliot and Charlie.

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Research a gender-neutral name for your little one.

Also, check out the top trending baby boys names for 2016 so far.When it comes to naming your new family member, don’t let gender limit you. If you like how a name sounds, you are sure to love it no matter what your baby’s sex is.

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Most Popular Boys’ Names of 2016

Finding the perfect baby name is no easy feat. With so many different resources at your fingertips, you may be overwhelmed by all of the options. You may know about some of the most popular boys names for 2015. However, what about 2016? Here are some of the predictions for most popular boys’ names for 2016:

Boys names tracking well so far in 2016

Although it’s only the beginning of the year, this could potentially set the tone for what names take over the rest of 2016. As it turns out, some of these boy names moved their way past January, too. Our list of baby boy names at Mom365 is based on accumulated data from the current year and updated every day from our network of over 1,500 hospitals across the U.S.

Here’s our top 20 list of baby boys names trending in 2016 so far:

  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Mason
  4. Ethan
  5. Michael
  6. Jacob
  7. Elijah
  8. Aiden
  9. Alexander
  10. Jayden
  11. William
  12. James
  13. Logan
  14. Matthew
  15. Daniel
  16. Anthony
  17. Carter
  18. Joseph
  19. Lucas
  20. Jackson
Close-up of pregnant woman holding the list of baby namesStart your baby name research before the little one arrives.


Potential boy names

If you’re looking for a name that’s on the rise, look no further than our baby name list where there are plenty of boy names to choose from. If you’re looking to go the more traditional route, Matthew, Joseph and Jonathan are on the top 100 list. On the other hand, there are also some unique names that may work for you and your family like Sebastian, Landon or Oliver.

In addition to the name itself, each entry has the pronunciation, the meaning and the origin, so you have all the facts that go into the decision-making process.

The best part? The list is always changing, so a new name can pop up every day. Be sure to check out the updated baby boy name list on a regular basis so you have plenty of names to choose from for your little boy.

Also check out the top trending baby girl names for 2016 so far.

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Most Unusual Boys Names of 2015

When many parents choose their babies’ names, they opt for something traditional and classic. Names like Benjamin and Aiden, for example, are always popular for their timelessness. However, because baby name trends are ever-changing, some moms and dads like to find options that are a bit more alternative and unique. Not sure whether you want to go traditional or nontraditional when naming your son? Read on for how to decide whether to choose an unusual name as well as a look at some of the top nontraditional boys’ names of 2015:

Should you name your son something unusual?

There are tons of baby names for boys that have a classic and conventional sound. However, in 2015 many parents are opting for unusual names that have some character and represent individuality. Why? In part because many celebrities are choosing nontraditional names for their children, including Abel, Tripp and Bingham, which makes the practice more mainstream. Naming your son something unusual is a great way to show originality and choose a name you really love.

Remember: If you’re worried about opting for something unconventional, a traditional middle name can help you find a balance between unique and over the top. Here’s a look at some of the most unusual boys’ names of 2015 to give you a few ideas:


Grayson is an originally English name that means “son of the steward.” Though the name is unusual and uncommon, it has a relatively classic sound that makes it a good choice for parents who are looking for a middle ground between traditional and nontraditional.


As a boys’ name, Tennessee brings to mind Tennessee Williams, the playwright who wrote “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The name, inspired by the southern state, is perfect for parents who live in the South.


Charleston is an interesting and modern take on the name Charles, but with a little bit of a vintage edge. Reminiscent of the Jazz Age, when the Charleston dance was popular, the name also has a geography-inspired spin that makes it interesting and hip.


Angus is a Gaelic name that has been very popular in Ireland for centuries. For that reason, the name is a good choice for parents who want to pay homage to their Irish heritage with a name that’s a bit unconventional in other countries.


Baby names inspired by nature are becoming increasingly trendy, which means boys’ names like River, Forrest and Dune are all exciting and modern options. River is a unisex name that could actually work for either a boy or a girl.


Blayde is similar in sound to Blayden, another name that originally comes from Irish roots. Both have unique sounds and are interesting alternatives to similar and more traditional names, like Jayden or Caden.


Kai is sometimes used as a nickname for the biblical name Malachi, but on its own, it’s an unusual but exciting choice. Another possible unisex name, Kai has several origins. In Hawaiian, the name means “of the sea,” while in China, it represents victory.

Unconventional names aren’t for everyone, but they can be fun alternatives if you’re looking for something unique to your family.

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Popular Baby Names from the 90’s

Choosing a baby name is perhaps one of the most exciting parts about pregnancy. Naming your baby makes the whole thing so much more real, and you’ll find yourself loving your son or daughter more than ever before (if that’s even possible).

However, with such a wide variety of names to choose from, where do you even start? You can think about a “theme” for your child’s name by choosing one based on a favorite book or nursery rhyme. Or, you can look at the trending names from past years to draw inspiration. Need a little boost? Take a look at the most popular baby names of the ’90s for some insight:

Most popular ’90s names for girls

The U.S. Social Security Administration put together a list of all the top baby names in the ’90s ­ a decade that saw 20,545,048 male births and 19,639,350 female births, according to the SSA. For girls names, Jessica, Ashley and Emily took the top three slots for the decade, with Jessica holding the No.1 spot for the second decade in a row. Here’s the rest of the top 10 ’90s names for girls:

  1. Jessica.
  2. Ashley.
  3. Emily.
  4. Sarah.
  5. Samantha.
  6. Amanda.
  7. Brittany.
  8. Elizabeth.
  9. Taylor.
  10. Megan.

Most popular ’90s names for boys

For boys, the three most popular names between 1990 and 1999, according to the SSA, were Michael, Christopher and Matthew at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3. The same three names and order were the highest­ ranked in the ’80s as well, with Michael holding the top spot in every decade since the ’50s. Here’s a full list of the top 10 boys’ names in the ’90s:

  1. Michael.
  2. Christopher.
  3. Matthew.
  4. Joshua.
  5. Jacob.
  6. Nicholas.
  7. Andrew.
  8. Daniel.
  9. Tyler.
  10. Joseph.
  11. Pop culture trends

    In a decade known for its popular culture, celebrities, TV shows, movies, musical artists and more all had a huge effect on the baby names of the ’90s. “Friends” was one of the most popular TV shows of the time, and both Rachel (character Rachel Green ­ No. 15) and Jennifer (actress Jennifer Aniston ­ No. 16) ranked in the top 20 during the decade. Matthew ­ the name of two actors from the show ­ was No. 3 for boys.

    Musical artists of the decade also saw a lot of representation. The names of Mariah Carey, Christina

    Aguilera and even Destiny’s Child all made it on the list (Mariah at No. 79, Christina at No. 40 and Destiny at No. 72), and so did the names of Justin Timberlake and Michael Bolton (Justin at No. 17 and Michael at No. 1).

    Popular for girls: Names ending in “ny” and “ney”

    For girls, one of the most popular trends of the decade was names ending in the “ny” sound. This included Brittany (No. 7), Stephanie (No. 14), Courtney (No. 22), Tiffany (No. 37) and Sydney (No.59).

    Popular for boys: Names ending in “n”

    Boys’ names ending in “n” were another major trend of the ’90s, including Brandon (No. 11), Ryan (No. 14), Justin (No. 17), Austin (No. 22) and Kevin (No. 25), among many others.

    While many of the popular ’90s names are enduring, there are tons that aren’t quite as popular anymore. If you’re looking for a baby name that’s a little unique, consider using a ’90s name that’s no longer quite as widespread, like Hunter or Kayla.

    To check out recent name trends, check out the most popular girls names for 2015 and boys names for 2015.

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Most Popular Baby Names of the 80’s

When choosing a baby name, the name-choosing process is different for all parents. Some mom or dads have had names chosen for years, while others wait until the baby is born to give him or her a birth name. When it comes to picking something perfect for your little bundle of joy, you’re going to want to do your research. A good place to start is popular baby name archives.

However, don’t be afraid to kick it back a couple of decades! You never know what could catch your eye. Here are some of the most popular baby names of the 1980s.

The top 10 names

For girls and boys alike, the top most popular names may not come as a surprise to you. If you were born in or around the ’80s, you, your siblings or your friends may have one of these names. Both lists contain names that are traditional, common and timeless. They’re great choices for a parent who wants to name their little one something that will never go out of style.

Here are the most popular girls’ names of the ’80s, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration:

  1. Jessica.
  2. Jennifer.
  3. Amanda.
  4. Ashley.
  5. Sarah.
  6. Stephanie.
  7. Melissa.
  8. Nicole.
  9. Elizabeth.
  10. Heather.

Here are the top 10 for boys’ names:

  1. Michael.
  2. Christopher.
  3. Matthew.
  4. Joshua.
  5. David.
  6. James.
  7. Daniel.
  8. Robert.
  9. John.
  10. Joseph.

Baby-naming trends

It’s no secret the public is influenced by pop culture – and baby names are, too. During the 1980s, there were lots of television shows or movies that gave parents inspiration for their little ones. For instance, the John Hughes film “The Breakfast Club” was released in 1985. Some of the names of the characters top the list, like “the basket case” Allison (No. 50), “the jock” Andrew (No. 13) and “the nerd” Brian (No. 16).

But that wasn’t the only John Hughes film inspiring parents. Two names from his successful movie “Sixteen Candles” were also on the lists, including Samantha (No. 26) and Michael (No. 1). However, don’t limit yourself to the lists. Name your little one Claire after Molly Ringwald’s character in “The Breakfast Club,” or give your little boy the name Jake or Ryan after the heartthrob in “Sixteen Candles” whose name is Jake Ryan.

Generational names

For some, keeping names in the family is important. For example, many families name the first-born male the same as the father and his father before – just by adding a numeral to the end like William II (No. 15) or Kevin III (23). If you’re looking for a baby name for your boy or girl, start by looking at both parents’ family trees. You could choose a name of a great-great-aunt or great-great-uncle for your little one. That way, you could pick something that is beautiful and embodies your family’s heritage. Down the road, your family can tell stories about the late relative who your kid is named after. He or she will love to know where the name comes from.

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Most Popular Baby Names of the ’70s

Pregnancy can be one of the most amazing experiences a woman goes through. During this time, everything might be changing internally and externally. But this is also a preparation time. Parents use these months to prepare for the baby as much as they can. That includes a large list of things such as painting the nursery, stocking up on diapers and getting in things they’ve always wanted to do before their little bundle of joy arrives. Another step? Choosing a baby name. Although some parents wait until birth to pick a name for their little boy or girl, they still do the research before. That way, the soon-to-be parents can narrow down their options.

While baby-naming books can be great, sometimes they’re too long and overwhelming. Instead of flipping through pages, try taking it back a couple of decades for inspiration.

Here are some of the most popular baby names of the ’70s.

The top 10 names for boys and girls

Back in the ’70s, many parents named their little ones traditional names, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration. For moms and dads who want a name that’s timeless and most likely won’t be mispronounced, the lists of the top 10 boy and girl names from the ’70s are a great place to browse. However, nowadays, some of these names may be considered uncommon or even vintage. Take the No. 2 boy and girl slots from the ’70s , which are Christopher and Amy, respectively. By 2014, Christopher moved all the way down to the No. 30 slot, and Amy didn’t even make it in the top 100 for most popular girls’ names.

Interestingly, adopting a popular name from the ’70s could be a combination of something classic and new for your little one. Here are the top 10 most popular girls’ name in the ’70s:

  1. Jennifer
  2. Amy.
  3. Melissa.
  4. Michelle
  5. Kimberly
  6. Lisa.
  7. Angela.
  8. Heather.
  9. Stephanie
  10. Nicole.

Here are the top 10 most popular boys’ name in the ’70s:

  1. Michael.
  2. Christopher.
  3. Jason.
  4. David.
  5. James.
  6. John.
  7. Robert.
  8. Brian.
  9. William.
  10. Matthew.

Trending endings

During the ’70s, many parents gave their little girls names that ended in the letter “a.” An “a” is seen as feminine, and many of these options could be great for your little princess. For instance, there are three that made the top 10: Melissa, Lisa and Angela. However, there are others further down on the list that may catch your attention, such as Rebecca (No. 13), Christina (No. 16), Laura (No. 20) and Andrea (28). These names work great with a middle name that also ends in a vowel. For instance, Laura Marie or Rebecca Anne.

For boys, many names ended in a “y,” like Jeffrey (No. 15), Timothy (No. 21) and Gregory (No. 29), among others. These names are easy to shorten too, like Jeff, Tim and Greg. That way, your little boy can have a cute nickname inside or outside of the house.

Pop culture

During the ’70s and the ’80s, the name Jennifer dominated the charts for girls. Some have attributed it to the hit movie “Love Story,” which was released in 1970. It starred Ali McGraw and Oliver Barrett IV and warmed everyone’s hearts with its beautiful tale.

However, this name has persisted over the years, gaining momentum lately. There are plenty of famous movie stars who have the name Jennifer. For example, Jennifer Aniston was on the ’90s-’00s hit show “Friends” and is still one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses. Jennifer Lopez is also a singer/dancer/actor hybrid who people love and adore. More recently, Jennifer Lawrence has won the hearts of the public with her quirky personality and role as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” trilogy. Although famous people come and go, some names stay the same, which can be why there are certain baby names that have lasted over the years.

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2015 Top French Baby Names

Let’s take a look at the top 10 baby names for boys and girls in France. Courtesy of French website, here are the top 2015 trending baby names in France, these names were très populaire:

Girls baby names:

  1. Manon
  2. Jade
  3. Louise
  4. Alice
  5. Camille
  6. Chloé
  7. Lēa
  8. Lou
  9. Emma
  10. Charlotte

Boys baby names:

  1. Armand
  2. Jules
  3. Lucas
  4. Léo
  5. Gabriel
  6. Arthur
  7. Louis
  8. Hugo
  9. Tom
  10. Sacha

Accents aside, most of these names are well known in the US. On the boy’s side only Armand would be out of place on an American playground, having never made the top 100 names here.

Although the girls list contains the very trendy Emma and Chloe, it also includes a name that has never been popular in the US: Manon. Manon is a French example of a nickname, as name (Madeleine)

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2014 Top British Baby Names

Like some baby name inspiration from Britain? Take a look at the most popular British girl and boy baby names from 2014.

If you’re struggling for fresh inspiration for boy and girls names, we have just the thing. We’ve taken a look at the top British baby names of 2014 and included the top 20 boys and girls names to give you some inspiration and new ideas.

The most popular British boys names were Jack, Oliver and Charlie, whilst Amelia proved popular in both the UK and US, followed by Olivia and Emily.

With the birth of a royal baby and another on the way, royal names have proved popular last year with George, Harry and James all in the top 20 for British boys names.

Some more unique and unusual names featured too, with Isla, Evie and Sienna in the top 20 for girls names, along with Leo, Ethan and Logan for boys.

Check out the Top 20 British boys and girls names lists below and get some inspiration for naming your little one:

Boys Names

  1. Jack
  2. Oliver
  3. Charlie
  4. Harry
  5. Jacob
  6. Alfie
  7. Noah
  8. Oscar
  9. George
  10. James
  11. Thomas
  12. Leo
  13. William
  14. Joshua
  15. Logan
  16. Freddie
  17. Archie
  18. Max
  19. Henry
  20. Ethan

Girls Names

  1. Amelia
  2. Olivia
  3. Emily
  4. Isla
  5. Ava
  6. Poppy
  7. Sophie
  8. Jessica
  9. Lily
  10. Sophia
  11. Mia
  12. Ruby
  13. Grace
  14. Evie
  15. Isabella
  16. Ella
  17. Freya
  18. Chloe
  19. Scarlett
  20. Sienna