18, Dec 2016 | Inspirations
Discover the best baby names of 2016 that parents chose for their own children. Sophia and Jackson lead the top choice of the most used names for babies of the year.
The Greek word for “wisdom.” The name was used among European royalty during the Middle Ages. Also used: Sophie, Sofia. Famous Sophias: director Sophia Coppola; actresses Sophia Loren and Sofía Vergara.
A name adopted from the Old German for “whole” or “universal,” popular since the 19th century. Famous Emmas: a character in Jane Austen’s Emma; actresses Emma Thompson, Emma Stone, and Emma Watson.
The feminine form of Oliver, meaning “olive tree”, first used by William Shakespeare for a character in Twelfth Night. Famous Olivias: singer and actress Olivia Newton-John; character Olivia Pope in Scandal; the pig from the popular children’s book series.
A variation of Eve. Estimated to be from the Latin “avis,” meaning “bird”, but could also be a short form of the name Chava “life” or “living one” in the Hebrew form of Eve. Famous Avas: actress Ava Gardner.
A shorter version for Maria. In Latin means “mine” or “wished-for child.” Famous Mias: actress Mia Farrow; Kate Winslet’s daughter.
A variation of Isabel, being itself a variation from Elizabeth, the Hebrew word for “devoted to God”. England, France, Portugal, and Hungary all had royal Isabellas. Famous Isabellas: actress Isabella Rossellini.
Ryge leah, from the Old English meaning “wood clearing.” Also an adaptation of the Irish family name Reilly.
Italian word for “air.” In music, an aria is an opera solo. In Hebrew, it descends from Ariel, meaning “lion of God,” but its Teutonic origins relate it to a bird.
One of the best baby names of 2016 for boys, originally a family name meaning “son of Jack.” Famous Jacksons: President Andrew Jackson, General Stonewall Jackson, artist Jackson Pollock, musician Michael Jackson.
The name of Celtic sun god that means “fiery.” Traditionally a boy name but is now given to girls, too, used as Aidan. Famous Aidens: actor Aidan Quinn; one of Carrie Bradshaw’s boyfriends on Sex and the City.
Meaning “light-giving” or “illumination.” Also used: Luke or Lucius. Luke is the author of the third gospel of the New Testament. Famous Lucas: director George Lucas (used as a family name)
A shorter form of the Irish name Uilliam, originated from the Frankish Willahelm, meaning “helmet of will”. Can also be used as a shortened version of “William.” Famous Liams: actors Liam Neeson and Liam Hemsworth.
A Hebrew name for “rest” and “comfort.” In the most famous biblical story, God chooses a man named Noah to build the ark, fill it with food and a pair of every animal to survive the great flood. Famous Noahs: actor Noah Wyle; Billy Ray Cyrus’s daughter.
In Hebrew meaning “strong,” “safe,” “firm.” In the Bible Ethan is portrayed as a wise man. Famous Ethans: actor Ethan Hawke; director Ethan Coen; revolutionary Ethan Allen; Edith Wharton character Ethan Frome.
Traditionally a French family name with Germanic influences used in the Middle Ages by stoneworkers.
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Source: Baby Center