They’re here! ?: The year’s most popular baby names from around the world

Big risers in the Top 100 include Luna, Aria, Reggie, and Ezra.

They’re here! ?: The year’s most popular baby names from around the world

This week’s news includes statistics from England, Wales and Israel, names inspired by musicians, title names and boats.

Top names in England and Wales

If you’d like to know what’s hot in Britain, it’s an exciting week: the baby name data for England and Wales in 2016 has just been released! There’s so much to delve into—they include every name given to 3 or more children, which is a pretty big pool—but here are the headlines.

The top names are the nicely-matched Oliver and Olivia. Oliver is number one for the fourth year running, while Olivia returns to the top spot after five years coming second to Amelia. There’s been very little change in the top 10, just Lily replacing Poppy on the girls’ side and Muhammad replacing William for boys. Big risers in the Top 100 include Luna, Ariaand Harper for girls, and Arlo, Reggie and Ezra for boys.


It looks like parents haven’t been put off by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby name picks: both Charlotte and George rose last year, Charlotte by a whopping 13 places after years of gradually falling. Tune in two years from now to find out if their third child’s name gains in popularity too.

Inspiring musicians

Of course, most babies called George won’t be named directly in honor of the young prince—there are so many reasons why parents might choose a classic name. But here’s a story about a name-inspiring George. The late singer GeorgeMichael donated money towards this woman’s IVF treatment, and baby Seth Logan George was born a few weeks ago.

You’ll have heard of parents using the surnames of music legends for their kids. Lennon, Presley, Marley and Hendrix are all in the US Top 1000. But have you ever met a Sheeran? It’s never charted in the States, but there’s at least one baby girl with the name out there. Cooper Sheeran’s parents are big fans of the British singer Ed—she’s been listening to his music since before she was born, and got to meet him at a concert when she was one month old.

Can cousins share names?

Going back to Oliver: it’s been popular for so long now that it’s inevitable young Olivers will meet others who share their name. But is it ok for two cousins to be called Oliver? What about if both their siblings share the same name too?

Israel’s most popular names

Elsewhere in the world, Israel has just released its top baby names of the last year. They’re worth a look if you’re searching for a Hebrew or Arabic name, or an interesting twist on familiar biblical names. The top ten includes Tamar and Avigail for girls, Eitan and Noam for boys.

Top Maori names

New Zealand’s name statistics came out a little while ago, but as a bonus treat we can now see the Top 20 Maori names used in 2016. Some of them will look familiar, but names like Ari, Kai, Maia and Ariana are bona fide Maori names as well as having roots in other languages. The Polynesian name of the moment, Moana, makes the list too.

Grace everywhere

Babies called Grace are hardly a novelty, but as there have been three starbabies with the name in the last few weeks, here’s a little round-up.

In August, reality TV personality Jamie Otis recently welcomed a daughter called Henley Grace. This month, the actress Angelique Cabral called her daughter Adelaide Grace, and Jonny Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, used Grace June for his daughter. Three ways to wear the name, all of them lovely. Is there any name that doesn’t go with Grace?

Grace was also one of the top names for boats in 2016, according to this survey. This year Serenity tops the list, but after that there aren’t many in the Top 10 that could be used for babies. There’s Freedom, or Ohana, a Hawaiian word for the concept of family (as we learned in Lilo and Stitch). Perhaps Oasis too? If you’re a keen sailor or looking to honor one, you might find more inspiration in these nautical names.

Title names

We know that parents are loving title names at the moment—here are a couple of them to ponder. Emperor is vanishingly rare—it was only given to 5 boys last year. It might sound even more exalted than King or Royal, but the latest video from the Name Dame at Scary Mommy might change how you think about it. It features a sweet little boy called Emperor, who knows his name is powerful.

And will this baby be called Duke? A dad in Florida promised to name his forthcoming baby Duke after an energy company if they got their electricity restored—but the company says they won’t hold him (or his wife) to it.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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