Star Wars revival inspires 2016 baby names as parents feel the force

Tradition is still on top but popularity of blockbuster movies begins to show

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Star Wars, deep space and superheroes proved some of the biggest sources of inspiration for parents naming their newborn babies this year.

Finn jumped five places in BabyCentre's top 100 boys' names of 2016, following the huge popularity of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the very end of last year, while Harrison climbed eight spots.

For girls, Luna was one of the highest new entries. Other space-themed names like Nova, Orion and even Jupiter were spotted rising outside the top 100 charts, according to the website.

But traditional names clinched the top spots in both the girls' and boys' lists. Olivia remained the most favoured for baby girls, while Oliver overtook Muhammad at the top of the boys' chart.

BabyCentre surveyed 76,993 of its members who gave birth in 2016. The site said it combined names that sound the same but have different spellings "in order to give a true measure of baby name popularity".

It said superhero films and comic book TV programmes might have inspired the success of names like Kara, from Supergirl, and Harley and Quinn from Suicide Squad.

BabyCentre managing director Sarah Redshaw said: "With more Marvel and DC Comics films planned for next year and beyond, I suspect superhero names will increase further in popularity in 2017."

Celebrity baby name choices proved popular again with Kai, the name of Wayne and Coleen Rooney's son, entering the top 100. Harper Beckham may have gained a few namesakes this year as her parents' pick rocketed 31 places from the 2015 list.

Top 100 girls' names 2016

  1. Olivia
  2. Lily
  3. Sophia
  4. Emily
  5. Amelia
  6. Ava
  7. Isla
  8. Isabella
  9. Isabelle
  10. Sophie
  11. Ella
  12. Mia
  13. Poppy
  14. Evie
  15. Charlotte
  16. Chloe
  17. Grace
  18. Scarlett
  19. Alice
  20. Freya
  21. Jessica
  22. Phoebe
  23. Aria
  24. Eva
  25. Evelyn
  26. Daisy
  27. Hannah
  28. Emilia
  29. Ruby
  30. Lucy
  31. Maya
  32. Emma
  33. Thea
  34. Darcie
  35. Zara
  36. Matilda
  37. Sienna
  38. Florence
  39. Ellie
  40. Holly
  41. Abigail
  42. Willow
  43. Millie
  44. Layla
  45. Molly
  46. Ivy
  47. Maisie
  48. Zoe
  49. Imogen
  50. Annabelle
  51. Nur
  52. Amber
  53. Rosie
  54. Elsie
  55. Erin
  56. Harper
  57. Bella
  58. Lola
  59. Eleanor
  60. Amelie
  61. Esme
  62. Eliza
  63. Jasmine
  64. Georgia
  65. Mila
  66. Mya
  67. Maryam
  68. Anna
  69. Penelope
  70. Clara
  71. Rose
  72. Harriet
  73. Elizabeth
  74. Luna
  75. Violet
  76. Maria
  77. Lexi
  78. Summer
  79. Heidi
  80. Lyla
  81. Megan
  82. Lottie
  83. Nancy
  84. Orla
  85. Leah
  86. Gracie
  87. Katie
  88. Sarah
  89. Iris
  90. Felicity
  91. Robyn
  92. Eden
  93. Brooke
  94. Lara
  95. Sara
  96. Nina
  97. Martha
  98. Niamh
  99. Bethany
  100. Ayla

Top 100 boys' names 2016

  1. Oliver
  2. Muhammad
  3. Noah
  4. Harry
  5. Jack
  6. Charlie
  7. Jacob
  8. George
  9. Ethan
  10. Henry
  11. Oscar
  12. James
  13. Joshua
  14. Freddie
  15. Leo
  16. Alfie
  17. Max
  18. Thomas
  19. William
  20. Finley
  21. Isaac
  22. Lucas
  23. Theo
  24. Archie
  25. Jaxon
  26. Joseph
  27. Aiden
  28. Adam
  29. Harrison
  30. Daniel
  31. Mason
  32. Alexander
  33. Logan
  34. Benjamin
  35. Arthur
  36. Dylan
  37. Elliot
  38. Teddy
  39. Samuel
  40. Sebastian
  41. Reuben
  42. Lewis
  43. Liam
  44. Zachary
  45. Jake
  46. Ryan
  47. Jayden
  48. Matthew
  49. Toby
  50. Luca
  51. Riley
  52. Elijah
  53. Ollie
  54. Luke
  55. Nathan
  56. Edward
  57. Caleb
  58. Jude
  59. Connor
  60. Arlo
  61. David
  62. Jenson
  63. Hugo
  64. Alex
  65. Michael
  66. Aaron
  67. Finn
  68. Louie
  69. Sam
  70. Callum
  71. Rory
  72. Harvey
  73. Ezra
  74. Austin
  75. Jamie
  76. Dexter
  77. Stanley
  78. Kai
  79. Gabriel
  80. Jesse
  81. Ali
  82. Albie
  83. Tyler
  84. Theodore
  85. Frankie
  86. Bobby
  87. Carter
  88. Omar
  89. Ben
  90. Ellis
  91. Cameron
  92. Seth
  93. Eli
  94. Reggie
  95. Evan
  96. Ronnie
  97. John
  98. Tommy
  99. Blake
  100. Albert

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