What’s in a ‘baby’ name?

Our children and their friends are having babies and we love receiving joyous birth announcements. It is fascinating to see the breadth and originality of the names new parents are choosing. Here are some interesting sources of perspective on the ‘naming game’.Popular Baby Names

Check out this visual timeline of the most popular names by state since 1910. The bar chart on the right shows how popular names change over time.

Now that you have historical perspective, here are two sites which each offer the most popular baby names of 2016. They each to have the best source information, and they differ slightly – but they will give you a good sense of the trends.

Baby Center relies on 400,000 proud new parents to send them the names of their children. Sophia and Emma top the girls while Jackson and Aiden top the boys list. They offer the meaning, origin and theme of each name. For instance, here is what they suggest about the name Aiden,

What does Aiden mean?

The name of the Celtic sun god, meaning “fiery.” It was traditionally a boys’ name but is now given to girls, too, especially spelled as Aidan. Well-known Aidens: actor Aidan Quinn; one of Carrie Bradshaw’s boyfriends (Aidan) on Sex and the City.”

At http://www.babycenter.com/top-baby-names-2016.htm

Mom365 claims a daily update to its list of most popular baby names with information from 1,500 U.S. hospitals. Noah and Liam top the boys list. Olivia and Emma are the stand-out girls’ names.

Finally, Harper’s Bazaar weighs in with its picks for the fashion forward parents – the ‘chicest’, unique baby names of 2016 – organized by each letter of the alphabet. Be careful parents, it may take your toddler a while to grow into some of these.