Drum roll please – the top baby names of 2016 are out.
The top names on BabyCenter’s list are familiar; Jackson held the top boys’ spot for the fourth year in a row while Sophia lead the girls for the seventh straight year.
BabyCenter’s list is based off the names of nearly 390,000 babies born in 2016. Horror shows seem to have inspired a fair number of naming choices. Tyrese, Hershel and Carol – all characters from “The Walking Dead” – have become more popular in the last year. Iris, the name of a character in “American Horror Story: Hotel” has also become more popular.
“Today’s parents grew up watching Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, and they’re not freaked out by horror—they relish it,” said Linda Murray, BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief. “To them, scary series are like soap operas. They get emotionally attached to characters and root for them.”
Parents this year also chose to name their daughters after women in power. Hillary is up 64 percent and Ivanka is up 39 percent. Ellen, Venus, Amal and Elizabeth have also surged in popularity over the last year.
“We’ve been naming boys after titans of politics, sports, and business for thousands of years,” said Murray. “It’s refreshing to see the names of powerful modern women being chosen by new parents. Today’s parents want their daughters to be strong and successful.”
For a look at the top 10 names by gender, look below: