The World Is Going To Be Full Of Babies Named After 'Stranger Things' Characters

The names Sophia and Jackson might have stolen the top spots of 2016's most popular baby names but stranger ones are rising up the ranks

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Game of Thrones. Gossip Girl. Mad Men.

The cult status of television shows in recent years has created an unprecedented surge in baby names inspired by our most-loved fictional characters.

Give it a few years and every primary school from here to Sydney will be infiltrated by Arias, Bettys and Blairs. Heck, there might even be a kid called Netflix at this rate.

But according to BabyCenter, the popularity of certain monikers has been getting a whole lot... stranger.



Thanks to the growing obsession with Netflix's Eighties-set series Stranger Things, the name Nancy (inspired by the on-screen character Nancy Wheeler who annoyingly dumps Barb as a BFF in favour of dating Steve Harrington) saw a 46 per cent increase, while the number of children named Dustin (influenced by the show's character Dustin Henderson who, along with Mike and Lucas, go off in search of missing friend Will) increased by a whopping 32 per cent over the last year.


Similarly, the name Lucas saw a 25 per cent jump in popularity, nabbing third pace in the ranking of most popular boys' names.

Okay, so the name was number four last year but we have a suspicion that the bandana-wearing, walkie-talkie communicating teen might have had something to do with it rising up the ranks.

Sadly, the name Barb didn't make the cut. First she cut her finger, then she was taken to the Upside Down (and no one seemed to give a damn) and now her name hasn't made it as one of the most popular names in 2016. Oh, the injustice.

But, it looks like television shows weren't the only cultural phenomenon inspiring expectant parents this year.

Thanks to the international coverage of the US presidential election, the name Hillary saw a 64 per cent increase since 2015 which means that, one day, we might just get a woman president called Hillary. You never know...

Meanwhile, Ivanka rose by 39 per cent and Donald saw an increase of 5 per cent.

That poor child.

Here are 25 of the most popular names for boys and girls in 2016:

Most popular girls' baby names

  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Ava
  5. Mia
  6. Isabella
  7. Riley
  8. Aria
  9. Zoe
  10. Charlotte
  11. Lily
  12. Layla
  13. Amelia
  14. Emily
  15. Madelyn
  16. Aubrey
  17. Adalyn
  18. Madison
  19. Chloe
  20. Harper
  21. Abigail
  22. Aaliyah
  23. Avery
  24. Evelyn
  25. Kaylee

Most popular boys' baby names

  1. Jackson
  2. Aiden
  3. Lucas
  4. Liam
  5. Noah
  6. Ethan
  7. Mason
  8. Caden
  9. Oliver
  10. Elijah
  11. Grayson
  12. Jacob
  13. Michael
  14. Benjamin
  15. Carter
  16. James
  17. Jayden
  18. Logan
  19. Alexander
  20. Caleb
  21. Ryan
  22. Luke
  23. Daniel
  24. Jack
  25. William

Did yours make the cut?

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