July 6, 2016 12:16 pm
Updated: July 13, 2016 12:28 pm

The world’s most popular baby names for 2016 (at least so far)

Looking for some baby name inspiration? Here's a look at some of the most popular baby names.

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If you’re pregnant and doing research into baby names, you may want to avoid one of the monikers that have topped Nameberry’s annual list of the most popular baby names. At least if you’re going for something unique.

According to the popular parenting site, Olivia and Ezra are currently at peak popularity with parents.

So are Charlotte (which was the most beloved girls name in 2015), Amelia, Ava and Isla. Apparently, favoured monikers for boys have changed little since last year; Ezra, Asher, Atticus, Declan and Oliver are as popular now as they were then.

One thing that’s interesting to note with the website’s rankings is that completely “out there” baby names – a la those chosen by celebrities – may be on their way out. Think North WestRainbow Aurora and Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence.

The 2016 roundup is decidedly classic. There are only a few sort-of unusual monikers on the Top 100 list: Anouk, Cecilia, Freya, and Ophelia for girls; Alistair, Hugo, and Lucian for boys. And those names aren’t really that bizarre.

Here’s a quick peek at the names that have topped this year’s rankings.

Top 20 Girls Names

1. Olivia
2. Amelia
3. Charlotte
4. Ava
5. Isla
6. Arabella
7. Aurora
8. Adeline
9. Isabella
10. Mia
11. Eleanor
12. Aria
13. Penelope
14. Cora
15. Rose
16. Violet
17. Hazel
18. Thea
19. Claire
20. Emma

Click here to see the other Top 80 girls names

Top 20 Boys Names

1. Ezra
2. Asher
3. Atticus
4. Declan
5. Oliver
6. Milo
7. Silas
8. Levi
9. Wyatt
10. Henry
11. Jack
12. Jasper
13. Leo
14. Elijah
15. Ethan
16. Theodore
17. Sebastian
18. Caleb
19. Liam
20. Oscar

Click here to see the other Top 80 boys names

Nameberry’s top picks are similar to the ones reported by the U.S. Social Security Administration for 2015. Between 2014 and 2015, the top five names for girls and boys remained unchanged. For boys, Noah was followed by Liam, Mason, Jacob and William; Emma was followed by Olivia, Sophia, Ava and Isabella for the girls.

With so many choices out there, it can be difficult for parents to figure out a favoured designation for their wee one.

The experts over What to Expect (of the famous book What to Expect When You’re Expecting), say there are a few things moms-and-dads-to-be can do to make the choice easier.

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  1. Choose a name that “rolls off the tongue.”
  2. Keep it simple.
  3. Consider nicknames (lest your child be teased by classmates).
  4. Simplify spelling.
  5. Honour tradition.

Most importantly, though, parents are advised to stop stressing about coming up with the “right” name. As one writer for The Cut points out, it’s near-impossible to source an absolutely perfect name.

“You cannot win at naming your baby. Monogram “Fartie Artie” onto some towels and give up. The game is rigged,” she wrote.

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