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BabyCentre USA Reveals Surprising Most Popular Baby Names of 2016

Australia and America vary in a number of ways. This is clearly the case when it comes to popular baby names. You may be surprised just how different the top 100 popular baby names are in America, compared to the favourites on our Aussie shores.

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BabyCentre USA is one of the leading baby naming data websites in America (and the UK) and while their data isn’t as accurate as the Social Security Administration’s list (which comes out early next year), their data includes information from over 400,000 parents who shared their baby names with the company.

So what names topped the popularity lists over in America?

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Top Ten Most Popular Baby Names USA

Girls:

  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Ava
  5. Mia
  6. Isabella
  7. Riley
  8. Aria
  9. Zoe
  10. Charlotte

The top ten baby girl names in Australia are currently Charlotte, Olivia, Amelia, Ava, Mia, Sophia, Chloe, Emily, Sophie and Grace.

Incredibly enough, the most popular baby name in Australia only makes it in the tenth position over in the United States. Some of the other names that top the charts in America don’t even make the top 20 in Australia including Aria (number 34 in Australia), Emma (number 27 in Australia) and Riley (not even on the radar).

However, some of the names, including Olivia, Mia, Ava, Zoe and Isabella, prove to be favourites in both countries .

Boys: 

  1.  Jackson
  2. Aiden
  3. Lucas
  4. Liam
  5. Noah
  6. Ethan
  7. Mason
  8. Caden
  9. Oliver
  10. Elijah

The top ten baby boy names in Australia are currently Oliver, William, Jack, Noah, Thomas, James, Jackson, Ethan, Lucas and Lachlan.

Of the top three reigning male names in Australia, two of these names don’t even make the top 20 list in America. Instead, Americans prefer names with the en/on ending including Jackson, Aiden, Ethan, Mason and Caden, all in the top ten.

Australians also have a soft spot for some of these names, as Noah, Oliver, Jackson and Lucas feature on both countries’ top ten lists. But some of the other American favourites are barely on the radar in Australia. These include Aiden (number 52 in Australia), Elijah (number 33 in Australia) and Caden (not ranked on the top 100 list).

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The Top 100 Baby Names America 2016

What other names are popular in America? Check out the full list below:

Girls
Boys
1SophiaJackson
2EmmaAiden
3OliviaLucas
4AvaLiam
5MiaNoah
6IsabellaEthan
7RileyMason
8AriaCaden
9ZoeOliver
10CharlotteElijah
11LilyGrayson
12LaylaJacob
13AmeliaMichael
14EmilyBenjamin
15MadelynCarter
16AubreyJames
17AdalynJayden
18MadisonLogan
19ChloeAlexander
20HarperCaleb
21AbigailRyan
22AaliyahLuke
23AveryDaniel
24EvelynJack
25KayleeWilliam
26EllaOwen
27EllieGabriel
28ScarlettMatthew
29AriannaConnor
30HaileyJayce
31NoraIsaac
32AddisonSebastian
33BrooklynHenry
34HannahMuhammad
35MilaCameron
36LeahWyatt
37ElizabethDylan
38SarahNathan
39ElianaNicholas
40MackenzieJulian
41PeytonEli
42MariaLevi
43GraceIsaiah
44AdelineLandon
45ElenaDavid
46AnnaChristian
47VictoriaAndrew
48CamillaBrayden
49LillianJohn
50NatalieLincoln

We have to admit, some of these American baby names are ultra adorable. And although names like Kaylee, Eliana, Grayson and Landon may not make the Australian most popular lists, we predict they will make their way overseas in the near future.

Have a look at our other baby name lists including the most used baby names in the UK, the favourite baby names in our community and the next generation of trendsetting names.

Note: To capture true popularity, BabyCentre’s exclusive baby names list combines names that sound the same but have multiple spellings (like Sophia and Sofia, or Jackson and Jaxon). 

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written by:

Jenna Galley

Born and raised in Canada, Jenna traded in the cold mountain air for the laid back lifestyle of Australia nine years ago. She is now a mum to one son, one daughter, one dog and one cat, all of whom live with her and her partner in Cairns, QLD. When not writing about the ups and downs of parenting, she is usually outside doing some form of physical activity or indulging in a glass of antioxidant-infused fruit drink. Okay, it's wine.