The 100 Best Baby Names Right Now! January 14 2016

From Abel to Zephyr, here is's picks for the most intriguing names of 2016!

Abel – Biblical boy name with a capable sound

Adelina – The next Isabella

Agnes – Vintage A name set for a major comeback

Alice – Storybook heroine back in the Top 100

Amias – Undiscovered masculine name whose meaning we love

Apollo – A Greek god at home in the modern world

Arden Shakespeare’s forest makes this a literary nature name

Arlo Upbeat Arlo is a folk singer – and an animated dinosaur

Athena – As smart as Sophia

Atlas – Mythological name that holds its own

August – The Oscar of 2016

Aurora – Ancient name seeing a new dawn

Beckett – Literary name and Hollywood favorite

Benedict – Ben name glamourized by leading man Cumberbatch

Blaise – Saint’s name with a fiery image

Bodhi – Surprising spiritual name entering the mainstream

Brooks – Brooke is fading for girls, but Brooks is white-hot for boys

Cait and Cate – New ways to spin classic Kate, inspired by Jenner and Blanchett

Cassian – Roman rarity poised for 21st century discovery

Charlie – Modern parents increasingly prefer Charlie to Charles – or Charlotte

Charlotte – A Nameberry favorite turned royal baby name

Clementine – Edible appellation back in the US Top 1000

Cora – The Downton Abbey name most likely to succeed

Cordelia – Lear’s loyal daughter, and a recent returnee to the US Top 1000

Crosby – Irish surname name that’s part-crooner, part-NHL

Cy and Si - Claire Danes picked Cyrus, the Timberlakes Silas, and Zoe Saldana simply Cy

Declan – Ryan and Brian’s little brother

Delilah - Biblical bad girl rehabilitated

Delta – Southern belle baby name chosen by Dax Shepherd and Kristen Bell

Dinah - Undiscovered Biblical girls’ name

Dorothea – Distinctive classic rich with great nicknames

Edith – 2016’s Abigail, and Cate Blanchett’s youngest

Eloise – Childhood literary heroine ready for the real world

Elsie – Rising nickname-name chosen by Zooey Deschanel

Emmeline – Alternative to popular Emma and Emily, and Meryl Streep’s Suffragettecharacter

Emmett – An Em name for a boy, boosted by Twilight and The LEGO Movie

Everest – Nature name with a hint of danger, featured on the big screen last year

Ezra – As Biblical as Noah, plus with the zippy ‘z’

Fable – Modern spin on Mabel just right for a writer’s child

Fay or Faye – A more inventive – and vintage - middle than May or Ray

Flannery – As literary as Harper, but far more distinctive

Flora – Halfway between Nora and Daisy, yet all the way more unusual

Flynn – Dashing Flynn, part-Tangled, part-Finn.

Ford – The chicest of the car names

Fox - An animal name as snappy as Max, as modern as Bear

Frances – A classic that’s thrown off its dowdy image to feel fresh and wearable

Freya – A Norse goddess name long popular in the UK, and newly discovered in the US

Grey – Color name possibility for boys, rising thanks to – or despite – Fifty Shades

Hank – Casual Jack-like name chosen by Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker

Harold – Former grandpa name now following Henry into wider use

Harvey – A name that’s been out for so long in the U.S. that it’s suddenly very in

Hawk – Fierce nature name worn by Jeremy Renner in The Avengers

Hazel – Once an out-there starbaby choice, now a vintage favorite

Holiday - Cooler than Holly or Noel, more approachable than Christmas or Easter

Huck – This year’s Finn or Sawyer

Imogen – UK – and Nameberry – favorite slowly catching on in the US

Inigo – Rare saint’s name that deserves wider use

James – The most enduring of boys’ names, now also a possibility for a daughter

Jane – Quirky television series Jane the Virgin makes classic Jane a cultural-crossing possibility

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