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Olivia & Liam Are the Most Popular Baby Names for 2016

The NYC Health Department has announced that Liam and Olivia were the most popular baby names in New York City in 2016. Olivia had also been the number one name for girls in 2015. In contrast, Liam rose from second to first place for boys, while Ethan (2015’s number one name for boys) fell to third place. The Health Department’s birth certificate records show 710 Liams and 564 Olivias were born in New York City in 2016.

Most Popular Baby Names

New York City, 2016

RANK

GIRLS

BOYS

1

Olivia

Liam

2

Sophia

Jacob

3

Emma

Ethan

4

Isabella

Noah

5

Mia

Aiden

6

Ava

Matthew

7

Emily

Daniel

8

Leah

Lucas

9

Sarah

Michael

10

Madison

Dylan

TOTAL BIRTHS

58,735

61,632

 

Name Trends

Nine of the top ten girls’ names from 2015 held their place on the 2016 list. Chloe dropped from the list in 2016. In 2015, Emma and Mia tied for number three, but in 2016, Emma remained third while Mia dropped to number five. Leah moved from number five to number eight. Madison and Sarah switched positions at nine and ten.

For boys, eight out of the 10 top names from 2015 remained in the top ten list for 2016. Jayden and David fell out of the top 10 list for 2016. Daniel and Dylan, which tied for number eight in 2015, are now at number seven and number 10, respectively. Lucas joined the top 10 list in 2016 at number eight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York City Births by Borough of Mother’s Residence, 2016

From 2015 to 2016, the number of babies born in New York City decreased 1.1 percent – from 121,673 births to 120,367 (61,632 boys and 58,735 girls). Brooklyn saw the greatest number of babies born last year with 40,125 births. Queens came in second with 26,794 births followed by the Bronx with 19,474 births. 17,199 babies were born in Manhattan and 5,357 were born in Staten Island.

Borough

Count

Manhattan

17,199

Bronx

19,474

Brooklyn

40,125

Queens

26,794

Staten Island

5,357

Most Popular Names by Race/Ethnicity

The top 10 most popular baby names have a strong representation across all racial and ethnic groups. Isabella and Sophia remained the most popular baby names for girls among Latino families. Ava rose to the top spot among Black families, while Madison fell to the second most popular name among Black families. Olivia remained the most popular name for Asian families and rose from number two to the most popular name among White families. Among boys, Latino families again chose Liam most frequently, while Black families preferred Noah. In 2016, Asian families chose Ethan as the most popular name, while White families preferred Joseph.

 

Girls

Rank

Latino

Black

White

Asian & Pacific Islander

1

Isabella

Ava

Olivia

Olivia

2

Sophia

Madison

Rachel

Chloe

3

Mia

Skylar

Esther

Sophia

4

Emma

Riley

Sarah

Emily/Emma

5

Camila

Aaliyah

Emma

Mia

6

Sofia

Savannah

Charlotte

Charlotte

7

Emily

Chloe

Chaya

Sarah

8

Valentina

Olivia

Leah

Hannah/Isabella

9

Abigail

Abigail/Fatoumata

Ava

Angela/Grace

10

Leah/Victoria

Peyton

Chana

Ava

 

Boys

Rank

Latino

Black

White

Asian & Pacific Islander

1

Liam

Noah

Joseph

Ethan

2

Jacob

Aiden

Michael

Ryan

3

Dylan

Elijah

David

Muhammad

4

Matthew

Liam

Moshe

Lucas

5

Noah

Ethan

Jacob

Jayden

6

Sebastian

Jeremiah

James

Aiden

7

Ethan

Amir

Benjamin

Daniel

8

Jayden

Joshua

Alexander

Evan

9

Lucas

Josiah/Mason

Daniel/Henry

Jason/Liam

10

Aiden

Carter

Adam/Jack

Matthew

Star Power

Celebrity names were influential in 2016, with many parents naming their children after television, movie, music and sport celebrities. Among girls, parents chose Scarlett (No. 33), Selena (No. 120), Simone (No. 132), and Zendaya (No. 142). For boys, names like Leo (No. 41), Oscar (No. 76), Kyrie (No. 113), and Zayn (No. 126) were chosen.

Television, Movie, and Book Characters

Some families took inspiration from famous films and books: for girls, Emma (No. 3), Bella (No. 51), Jasmine (No. 74), and Queenie (No. 134) and, for boys, Logan (No. 29), Luke (No. 55), Edward (No. 80), and Harry (No. 146).

Historical and Present-day Figures

Parents also turned to history books and current events to choose names for their babies. Among girls, parents selected Michelle (No. 62), Elena (No. 76), Ruth (No. 120), Sonia (No. 135), and Rosa (No. 137). Names like Abraham (No. 39), Martin (No. 125), Colin (No. 130), and Cesar (No. 149) appealed to parents of boys.

Rare names

Some New Yorkers gave their children rare names with as few as 10 parents naming their daughters Ariadne, Dulce, and Zofia and sons Amar, Ibraheem, and Ori.

Resources for Expectant Parents

The Health Department has a webpage to guide parents with filling out legal paperwork related to their child including birth certificates, acknowledgement of paternity for unmarried fathers, and information for same-sex couples. For additional details, please visit: Expecting Parents.

 

Parents who need additional time to name their child for religious or other reasons may register their child’s birth without a first name and go back to add their child’s name later. They may do this without a fee either through DOHMH within 60 days of birth or through the birthing hospital within 12 months of date of birth. Once the name is added, it is final and requires a correction to change.

The Health Department also provides information on free or low-cost services for new parents, ranging from pre-pregnancy health related issues to offering resources to new mothers for keeping their babies healthy. For more information, please visit our website: Pregnancy and Baby Care.

The Health Department’s Bureau of Vital Statistics compiles baby name lists from birth certificates and collects other data, including total births by year and demographic characteristics. To learn more about the information gathered from birth certificates, please visit: Vital Statistics.

About the Author

New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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